Walt Disney has decided to pull Beauty and the Beast from Malaysian theatres rather than cut its so-called ‘gay moment’ to placate local censors.
“The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia,” a Disney rep told Bloomberg.
Malaysia’s largest cinema chain, Golden Screen Cinemas, was on Monday instructed by the studio to postpone showings of the new live-action film.
The film was initially recut by Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board, with board chairman Abdul Halim telling AP: “We have approved [the movie], but there is a minor cut involving a gay moment. It is only one short