Malaysian censors have demanded that Disney remove a gay scene from the new, live action Beauty and the Beast film.
The updated children’s fairy tale movie was set to be released in Malaysian theaters starting tomorrow, March 16th. However, the country’s censors pulled back, claiming that one scene is inappropriate for children.
The scene in question revolves around Josh Gad’s character, LeFou, who is struggling with his sexuality and his for Gaston. LeFous breaks into song in the scene, expressing his admiration for Gaston with music.
In Malaysia having gay sex is illegal and violation of the law is punishable by 20 years in prison. The Malaysian Film Censorship board says: “It is only one short scene but it is inappropriate because many children will be watching this movie.”
However, Disney will not buy in to this Ludacris pressure and released a short, yet firm statement saying: “The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia.”