Walt Disney has decided to pull all screenings of Beauty and the Beast in Malaysia instead of allowing the ‘gay’ scene to be cut.
The multi-billion-pound company has now banned the film from being shown by any cinema in the country after a short scene in the film was cut by censors.
The scene in question refers to a moment where Josh Gad’s character, LeFou is seen to be dancing with another man at the end of the movie.
Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board, and chairman Abdul Halim explained to Associated Press as to why it made the choice.
“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.”
Earlier in the week, Ewan McGregor shut down homophobic criticism of the movie’s scene.
“It’s just like…it’s just like, he’s a gay character, and it’s 2017 – f***’s sake, you know?”
Homosexuality is still illegal in Malaysia, and those found guilty of homosexual acts can face prison for up to 20 years. Gay characters in movies must either die or become straight by the end of the film in order to be represented.
In Russia, Beauty and the Beast will be released with a 16+ rating.
The problems began when director Bill Condon told Attitude Magazine that the character Josh Gad’s character has confusing feelings about Gaston in the upcoming movie.
Beauty and the Beast will be released worldwide Friday 17th March.