Disney cancelled Beauty and the Beast screening in Malaysia

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The Malaysian branch of Walt Disney said yesterday that the film, which was due to be shown in cinemas from Wednesday, had been postponed due to an “internal review”. But instead of allowing to censor the movie by means of cutting off the controversial moments the film officials decided to cancel the release in the country at all. And the multi-billion-pound animation company has now barred the film from being shown by any Malaysian movie theater as the censors showed a willing to cut it. “We have approved [the film], but there is a minor cut involving a gay moment. It is only one short scene, but it is inappropriate because many children will be watching this movie.” Disney does not agree with this stance saying that the movie has not been cut for any certain country and there are no plans to do so, despite Malaysian strict rules concerning gays. Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia, with those found guilty of homosexual offences facing up to 20 years in prison. All gay characters shown in films in Malaysia must die or repent, often ‘becoming straight’ by the end of the film.

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