Disney rejects cuts to 'Beauty and the Beast' in Malaysia

Disney rejects cuts to 'Beauty and the Beast' in Malaysia

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KUALA LUMPUR: Disney has refused to launch a censored model of its movie "Magnificence and the Beast" in Malaysia after authorities within the Muslim-majority nation reduce a "homosexual second" within the film, Bloomberg Information reported Wednesday.

The movie, that includes "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson, has raised hackles worldwide amongst spiritual teams angered by its depiction of Le Fou, the sycophantic sidekick to antagonist Gaston, as a homosexual man, making him Disney's first ever out LGBT character.

The top of Malaysia's censorship board earlier advised native media that a "homosexual second" had been faraway from the movie earlier than approving its launch.

In a press release emailed to Bloomberg, Disney stated, "the movie has not been and won't be reduce for Malaysia", successfully shelving plans to launch it within the Southeast Asian nation.

The movie was initially slated to be launched on Thursday in Malaysia.

Disney didn't reply to requires remark from AFP.

Director Invoice Condon has revealed that the film incorporates Disney's "first solely homosexual second", though some critics have stated the reference is extraordinarily delicate and fleeting.

Homosexuality is unlawful in Malaysia, the place legal guidelines criminalising sodomy may end up in imprisonment, corporal punishment and fines.

The film has additionally come beneath hearth from spiritual figures in neighbouring Singapore, with Christian clergy attacking Disney for deviating from "healthful, mainstream values".

At the very least one theatre within the US state of Alabama has refused to point out the movie whereas Russia slapped an adults-only score on the film final week following strain by an ultra-conservative lawmaker who was pushing for a ban.

Regardless of the controversy, the film has already turn out to be the fastest-selling household movie in historical past, outpacing earlier record-holder "Discovering Dory," in line with on-line ticket vendor Fandango, forward of its launch this week.

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