'Beauty and the Beast' release postponed in Malaysia, even after 'gay moment' cut

KUALA LUMPUR Major cinema chains in Muslim-majority Malaysia have postponed the release of Walt Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, cleared by censors after a “gay moment” was cut, due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

The Walt Disney Co film has courted controversy after the director, Bill Condon, first announced that it would feature a gay character – LeFou, the goofy sidekick to main villain Gaston – for the first time in Disney’s history.

Billboards and posters advertising the film, with a March 16 release date, had been displayed on buildings and along major roads all

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