MALAYSIA: Disney Pulls Beauty And The Beast Entirely Rather Than Bow To Censors Over “Gay Moment”

Fortune reports:

Walt Disney has decided that it will simply pull its latest movie Beauty and the Beast from Malaysian distribution rather than allow the film’s so-called “gay moment” to be censored. Contradicting earlier reports that the musical, starring Emma Watson, had already been censored, Disney told Bloomberg via email that “the film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia.”

The Southeast Asian country’s Film Censorship Board had deemed over four minutes of the flick unsuitable, and had asked for those scenes to be cut, reports Bloomberg. The footage in question involves a subplot with a “gay moment,” the board’s chairman Abdul Halm Abdul Hamid told Reuters via text message. According to Reuters, the bowdlerized Beauty and the Beast would have been given a P13 rating—meaning viewers under 13 have to be accompanied by a guardian at screenings.

Malaysia has seen a wave of anti-LGBT actions in recent months.

  • Boreal
    • Miji

      Oh that poor girl in the third row with the nervous tick; her neck must be killing her.

  • bkmn

    I read elsewhere, but have not confirmed, that the Alabama drive-in that refused to show B&tB because of the gay scene decided instead to show a different film they hadn’t screened and turned out to be “Fierce”, a movie about drag queens.

    • Todd Allis

      That is beautiful, especially if true!

    • Tawreos

      They realized what i was and later cancelled it as well.

      • Strepsi

        Good. Alabama, you get NOTHING.

  • Rex

    Look out for the big, bad, scary gay people.
    Once we take over and make everything fabulous, there’s no going back.

    • spamky

      I for one WELCOME our new gay overlords.

  • Sam_Handwich

    jeepers christmas. it’s a MUSICAL! the whole goddamn thing is GAY, from start to finish!

    • Rex

      I’ve been known to fall for a beast more than once.

      • Jeffrey

        And it wasn’t all bad, was it.

    • Gustav2

      Shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone musicals are gay! No one knows.

    • Snarkaholic

      If David’s love for Jonathon was “greater than that of a woman”, then it’s okay for this film to depict the same thing.

    • Carl

      I’ve been informed that I will be seeing this. I’m not really a musical guy, but the things we do for friendship.

    • Kevin Perez

      It’s a Howard Ashman musical!! Totally 100 percent certified gay-g-g-gay gay gay!!

  • Jeffrey

    Its a movie about a girl who fucks a talking buffalo.

    • TheThruster

      lol

    • vorpal

      But it’s a boy talking buffalo.

      • Ted.OR

        Completely o/t, but caused a flashback…
        Rocky and Bullwinkle >> Fractured Fairy Tales >> Hansel and Gretel


        Narrator: After wandering lost in the forest, Hansel and Gretel met a magic talking duck.
        H&G: Can you help us find our way?
        Duck: Je ne comprends pas.
        Narrator: Unfortunately, it was a magic FRENCH talking duck.

        • jmax

          I can hear Edward Everett Horton’s voice now.

          • greenmanTN

            Love him!

        • Adam King

          That show was full of sly, offhand jokes that still come to mind years later.

          • Ted.OR

            That’s why I still love it, 50+ years later.

    • Lakeview Bob

      Excellent comment.

    • vorpal

      Moral panic:
      Won’t somebody please think of the Malaysian buffaloes!?!?!

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        There ain’t no Buffaloes in -Texas- Malaysia.

        • vorpal

          Uh… huh…
          I’m buying that like I’m buying that there are no gay people in Iran.

      • greenmanTN
        • vorpal

          What we need is for less Catholic priests to be thinking of the children.

          • greenmanTN

            Good luck with that…

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      • Ted.OR

        “Won’t somebody please think of the Malaysian buffaloes!?!?!”

        Point of interest: If a Malaysian buffalo (“kerbau”) happens to be Muslim, he can have four wives.

    • greenmanTN

      I would totally “do” the beast, but then I would also “do” the 80 year old bag boy at the grocery store because things are getting a bit desperate around here! 😉

      • Whicker Park

        There’s always Tumblr…. Just sayin’.

        • greenmanTN

          But that would just be so… tawdry! 😁

    • bambinoitaliano

      Beastiality and spousal abuse is okay. Same sex fucking not so much.

    • Todd20036

      Kudos for Disney actually putting morals before profits.

      • j.martindale

        I wouldn’t be surprised if, after the film becomes a huge success, the public outcry in Malaysia will probably force the film board to revisit the decision and approve the film. Then again, Moslem morality…who knows? Actually, f*ck them. Who cares?

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  • kirtanloorii

    Well, good for Disney! I will always love them for taking a stance for good people.

  • Robert Anthony

    Now a smash for the underground “gay moment” film junkies.

  • EweTaw

    I won’t be seeing this film, just as I never saw the animated version. But I did watch the clip and before I did I bet my friends that Gaston would be a tenor. Yes. Turns out I was right. I fucking hate tenors. Hate ’em. And if you’ve ever worked in opera or musical theatre and are not, yourself, a tenor, you most likely know what I’m talking about. 🙂

    • Lakeview Bob

      How do you really feel?

      • EweTaw

        😀

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Momma sing bass, Daddy sing tenor,…

      • greenmanTN

        And me and little brother would join right in there,,,

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          The double entendres just write themselves in the “heartland”, don’t they? 😉

          • greenmanTN

            Truly. I was doing a mosaic of sorts, with paper, not tiles, and I showed it to my aunt. She looked at it and said “There’s a penis on there!”

            And I, who was making it, said “What?!”

            Apparently the stem on the tomato looks like a penis, and my aunt is the Where’s Waldo of penises because she sees them everywhere.

            Now I can’t look at it without seeing the goddamn penis!

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/93c5ab6454568692231182f5768db88591c6ba9263e08492075891706f17f0c4.jpg

          • B Snow

            Your aunt is a woman of great perspicuity.

      • EweTaw

        Ricky Martin sing tenor. Justin Timberlake sing tenor, too. But if you hang around operatic tenors you soon learn to despise them. For years I didn’t believe it. I insisted it was just an old myth of the theatre. But after having been the staging director of more than 60 musicals and operas I’ve had to rethink my old beliefs and match them with the reality. Mind you, not ALL tenors, just operatic tenors.

    • MBear

      Can you sing tenor?

      Ten or twenty miles from here?

      • EweTaw

        My range is solidly within range of A below C3 to the G above middle C (A2 to G4). But if I force enough cover I can fake a regular baritone.

    • Ernest Endevor

      He’s a lyric baritone.

      • EweTaw

        Seriously? From what I heard of his voice (I’m talking about the swarthy good-looking guy) he sounds like a tenor to me.

        • Ernest Endevor

          No, dear, that’s not a tenor. Different quality and he’s not singing all that high. Generally speaking, a tenor is a presently unfashionable voice on B’way.

          • EweTaw

            We need to stand him next to a piano and test his range to be certain. I’m not hearing lyrical baritone. He’s deliriously close to breaking into “Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling . . .”

          • Ernest Endevor
          • EweTaw

            OK. You win. Still, I’m sure he’s more comfortable singing The hills of Donegal. 🙂

          • Ernest Endevor

            I’m sure he’d be more comfortable if a nice, bearded, bass-baritone helped him out of that foofy shirt but whatevs. As a tenor myself – though not of the Irish orientation: too much head for my taste – I know how tough it is to use the top of one’s voice in classic B’way – which is what this score imitates. A real tenor has a much more brilliant, dynamic sound. I’m trying to think of principal rôle written for a tenor and coming up blank.

          • EweTaw

            Well, unlike the tenors I’ve have worked with over the last 50 years, I don’t consider you an asshole. We just need to never work with one another. LOL!

          • Ernest Endevor

            I wouldn’t put any money on me not being an asshole. You’re bound to be disappointed. It’s the price we pay for sneering at baritones. (Not that they don’t deserve it)

  • Lakeview Bob

    This human character is no more gay than the cartoon version. Such stupid ignorant people.

    This is the first time I looked at this clip. Now nI want to see it!

  • Blake Mason

    I hear the fellatio scene is Oscar wrothy.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Naw, it sucks.

  • greenmanTN

    Apparently the “gay moment” lasts for about two seconds. If Bill Condon hadn’t mentioned it and used the word “gay” to describe it, it would have passed beneath notice, and these morons wouldn’t have even noticed.

    But because Condon used the word “gay,” all the sudden it’s “Hep me, Hep me, my hair’s on fire!”

    Oh,fuck off.

    • Ernest Endevor

      With the best will in the world I couldn’t find anything G.A.Y. about it. This is a ‘gay’ moment, for fuck’s sake.https://youtu.be/uQPtPu2IGNQ

      • kevway

        Well, thanks. That turned me on….and I hate guns 🤔

      • Snarky

        Love that clip. As soon as Montgomery Clift does that little rubbing his nose thing and they hold eye contact a beat too long, the game is on and it’s so obvious.

        • Ernest Endevor

          John Ireland is so hot.

      • Adam King

        Somebody fetch my fan.

        • Ernest Endevor

          Gotta love a man who isn’t shy about whipping his out to compare.

    • Miji

      Yeah, I watched and didn’t really think it worth mention. – Oh, you made the antagonist’s little plump joke of a side kick gay? Thanks! How progressive! –

    • grindstone

      I’m confused about what the gay part is, except that this character might be somewhat effeminate. So the furor is, as usual, over “gays exist!!”???

      • stuckinthewoods

        The bit of looking into it I did indicated this “exclusively gay moment” is when the male character LeFou briefly dances with another male character. That’s it. You’re right, it is about acknowledging any existence.

      • greenmanTN

        Me too, really. I think that the “gay moment” is that during the dance scene he briefly dances with another man. Whoop-de-fucking-doo!

        What’s interesting (to me anyway) is that if the director hadn’t mentioned it in an interview and used the word “gay,” it would have gone completely unnoticed, but because he did the “my panties are ALWAYS in a wad” brigade as usual, have their panties in a wad. 😩

        Over nothing.

    • Chris Baker

      Yea, that’s what I was wondering. I saw a clip and barely could even understand what was overtly gay about it. Maybe I missed it.

      If Condon hadn’t mentioned it, it probably would have passed by everyone.

      He should have just waited until a year from now to mention it. Just for kicks.

      • DonnaLee

        OK good it wasn’t just me then, and I was really looking!

  • Gest2016

    I was in Malaysia in Jakarta last February. There was an atmosphere of increasing intolerance and homophobia as the Muslim majority is taking over in government and politics. Just recently, Saudi Arabia sent over a huge delegation and financial promises all in support of their fundamentalism Wahabi totalitarian version of Islam, which they are actively trying to promote and export all around the Muslim world. In my mind, Saudi Arabia is one of the world largest cancers and is radicalizing peaceful societies where tolerance once ruled. They have their eyes eventually set on Bali, a hedonistic, tolerant oasis. News such as a Disney movie getting censored is just the tip of the iceberg, radical Wahabi Islam is spreading and Saudi Arabia is paying the bills. With our petro dollars.

    • Ninja0980

      And yet Trump and others will still suck up to the Saudis, some of the worst people on earth.

      • Natty Enquirer

        While any criticism of their extreme religious views will be met with cries of “Islamophobia!”

      • RJ Bone

        Exactly.

    • mrfy

      Um, isn’t Jakarta in Indonesia? Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. 🙂

      Indonesia is much more ruled by the Muslim majority. Malaysia has been more tolerant, but has seen some issues lately.

  • Ninja0980

    I take pride in myself in having no qualms to tell both Christian and Islamic bigots to fuck off.

    • Adam King

      Not that the Orthodox Jewish bigots get a pass, I expect.

  • MattPS

    Watch for pirated DVDs to show up in the markets of Kuala Lumpur in 3,2,…

    • bambinoitaliano

      The country was once known for the availability of the latest movies and softwares until the MPAA and the like of major corporations paid the Malaysian government to shut them down. That is until high speed internet was available. The corrupted regime and its ridiculous inconsistent censorship rules are the reasons piracy continues to thrive in that country. Essentially this kind of news is the government directly telling its people go watch the movie for free from their own home. Alt-social benefit the Malaysian government attempt for its people.

  • Max_1

    Beauty and the Beastiality…
    … But ban teh gay!

  • bambinoitaliano

    This ban is counter productive that it will fueled more interest in pirating the movie and the lost of legitimate ticket sale in Malaysia. Typical window dressing of the Malaysia government to distract from the corrupted PM and his wife continuing to raid the cookie jar of the country. Sounds familiar?

  • Tiger Quinn

    Okay. I mean, if you want me to care that you’re willingly not seeing a movie you’re going to be waiting a long time. And said movie isn’t going into a vault. It WILL be seen.

  • bambinoitaliano

    All this hoopla you think LeFou was a senator paying an underage Gaston in local motel within 1000 ft of a mosque to do sex stuff.

  • Treant

    A gay moment…bad.

    A human dating a water buffalo…ducky.

  • DisT

    Glad to be living in the USA.
    The US has many religious bigots but LGBT community still have more freedom here than those in ..Malaysia.

  • royinhell

    When in Malaysia in the early 90s, I saw the animated “Beauty and the Beast” and wondered about several rough cuts in the film- I found out later they had excised every scene that showed a pig. Because what you can’t see won’t offend your delicate sensibilities?

    • Adam King

      If they excised every pig in Malaysia there wouldn’t be any Malaysian government.

  • RepublicansRNotConservative

    Where’s the gay moment again? Apparently I missed it.

    I never think of Disney and “sex” at the same time anyway.

  • M Jackson

    Apparently LeFou and Gaston are seen dancing together briefly in a final ballroom scene.
    I’m scratching my head wondering if any such sinful acts have ever been forced on people by a movie studio before –https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e0306660ec1ff42080c0da46845a2046d8d1d25ec955ab0a82e1ebd29a6b28c8.jpg …

  • Gretchen

    For the record, I am a grown ass woman, and I am freaking excited about this movie. Somewhere in a box in my storage room there is a notebook full of the entire set of the Beauty and the Beast trading cards. I have fond memories of being a teenager with my first real boyfriend and seeing the animated version for the first time. Good for Disney for standing up to Malaysia. Censorship sucks.

  • kyle hern

    Yes! No more accommodations for bigots.

  • JCF

    Considering it’s a story about an independent girl who likes to read, I can’t help but suspect that Malaysia picked this fight INTENDING this outcome.