Disney has made its final decision to pull their live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast from Malaysian cinemas for good, rather than remove scenes from the movie in accordance to demands from our local censorship board.
Despite being given the ok for the film to be shown in cinemas, Disney has ultimately decided to pull the show as opposed to removing “gay scenes” involving LeFou, Gaston’s sidekick. Should they gone with the cuts, the film would have had 4 1/2 minutes removed from the film following the subplot with aforementioned “gay” moment, stated Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, film board chairman.
Beauty and the Beast would have also gotten a P13 rating, which requires parental guidance for minors under the age of 13.
“The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia,” Disney stated in an email. The movie cost about USD$160M to make, and stands to take in as much as USD$120M on its opening weekend alone in the U.S and Canada.
If you’ve bought tickets from Golden Screen Cinemas or TGV cinemas, they are offering refunds for the movie.
However, if you really want to catch the movie, Singapore has no such restrictions on the movie and you’ll be able to uh, find other means if you can’t wait for the DVD and Blu-Ray release.
Beauty and the Beast opens 17 March. Just not here 🙁