'Beauty And The Beast' Release Date In Malaysia Has Been Postponed Indefinitely
'Beauty And The Beast' Will Finally Be Released In Malaysia On 30 March
GSC Malaysia made the announcement through a post on their official Facebook page at about 5.30pm today, 21 March.
The post read, "The moment you've been waiting for... BEAUTY AND THE BEAST CONFIRMED for 30 MARCH WITHOUT CUTS!!!".
Walt Disney Company (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. confirmed in an official press release that the much awaited movie will be released with no cuts.
17 MARCH: "The Way He Dances Is Gay," Says LPF On 'Beauty And The Beast' Gay Moment
In a report by AFP, Malaysian Censorship Board (LPF) Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid has revealed that the four-and-a-half minute "gay moment" that has been cut from 'Beauty and the Beast" is a song sequence featuring LeFou (played by Josh Gad).
"The way he dances is gay and the dialogue and the lyrics of the song are too. In the same scene he also lifts up his shirt and shows a love bite on his tummy," Abdul Halim was quoted as saying.
"Even I wanted to bring my grandchildren to watch it. But there are rules. We don’t support LGBT," he added.
According to the movie soundtrack's track listing, only one song is performed primarily by Josh Gad - the iconic showstopper 'Gaston'.
Disney has reportedly filed an appeal with LPF to keep the song sequence in the film for Malaysian audiences, although the censorship board has maintained that it will not change its mind about the cut
The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the studio has tentatively moved the release date to 30 March to allow the censorship board to make a decision on whether or not the release 'Beauty and the Beast' without changes.
However, according to The Star Online, LPF stands by its decision to cut the scene from the film.
"Movie companies cannot impose conditions on LPF. We will not budge," he said.
"As far as I know, Disney has already sent a notice of appeal to the Film Appeal Committee under the Home Ministry, so now the decision of whether to release the film without cuts is up to them."
15 MARCH: Disney Chose To Postpone 'Beauty And The Beast' Instead Of Cutting Out "Gay Moment"
The Malaysian Censorship Board had apparently requested cuts of about 4 1/2 minutes from a subplot with a “gay moment
It is highly likely that the segment involves the entire 'Gaston' song sequence, which is the exact length of time at 4 minutes 29 seconds:
You can watch a short clip from the film's 'Gaston' song sequence here:
In reality, those who've been to advance screenings have indicated that there is no obvious "exclusive gay moment" in the movie. Rather, you'd only notice it if you were specifically looking for it:
[WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD]
According to Vulture's Jackson McHenry, who'd attended an advance screening of 'Beauty and the Beast', the "exclusive gay moment" only materialises at the end of the movie. However, several scenes throughout could be considered part of the supposed gay subplot:
[Again, SPOILER ALERT!!!]
"Early in the film, LeFou asks Gaston why he isn’t happy with just the two of them together, which is more of a slightly gay instant. Later, when Gaston asks him why he hasn’t settled down with a women, LeFou jokes that he’s too clingy - a vaguely gay insinuation.
When he sings “Gaston,” he wraps Gaston’s arms around him, before Gaston pushes him aside - a gay-ish split-second.
Then, as the villagers attack the Beast’s castle in the climax, LeFou shares a moment with Mrs. Potts, where she tells him that he deserves better than Gaston - some light gay condescension.
Finally, an enchanted wardrobe attacks a trio of Gaston’s henchman, forcing them into powder, wigs, and dresses. Two are disgusted, but the third smiles — a sort of gender-bending moment," he wrote.
McHenry revealed that the actual "exclusive gay moment" only arrives at the big celebration at the end of the film.
"During a group dance, LeFou starts off dancing with a woman, and then strikes up with the dress-loving henchman. It’s certainly a moment, because it lasts for two seconds at the most. It’s gay, in the sense that two male characters are doing something that expresses affection, though it feels so platonic they might as well be shaking hands. It’s certainly not exclusively gay, however, as other couples are still dancing in the background."
14 MARCH, 7.40PM: Some News Sites Are Implying That Malaysia Has Banned 'Beauty And The Beast'. That's Not True.
Following the Malaysian Censorship Board's statement that they have already approved the movie "some time ago", global news sites like Mashable, The Guardian, and The Telegraph reported that Disney Malaysia has "shelved" or "pulled" the movie from cinemas despite having gotten approval from LPF.
Unfortunately, despite the aforementioned sites clarifying that the film's release has been "postponed indefinitely", some thought that the movie had been banned and will not be screened in Malaysia.
Some of these global news sites have based their reports on an article by Associated Press, titled ''Beauty and the Beast' shelved in Malaysia despite approval'
It is possible that the use of the word "shelved" in the headline might have caused the misunderstanding.
While the word actually means "postponed" or "hold off", "shelved" could also be read as "called off" or to "decide not to proceed with a project or plan, either temporarily or permanently".
Meanwhile, a cinema in Kota Kinabalu claimed that the new release date for 'Beauty and the Beast' has been pushed to 30 March. This is probably unfounded, as Disney Malaysia has yet to officially confirm the new opening date.
14 MARCH, 10.30AM: Malaysian Censorship Board Has Already Approved 'Beauty And The Beast'... With One Minor Cut
According to a report by The Star Online, the minor cut was done on the much-discussed "gay moment" in the movie. Malaysian Censorship Board (LPF) chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid also confirmed that the film has been classified as P13, meaning parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old.
He also said that the film has already been approved for "quite some time" and clarified that there is no longer any issues with LPF as a movie can be screened once it receives approval
"However, the date of screening and where the screening takes place is not under LPF's jurisdiction. We only look at the content and give a decision on whether the movie gets approved or not," he said, adding that the movie's opening date is up to its distributor and cinemas.
13 MARCH: Bad news, Disney fans. The release date of the highly-anticipated 'Beauty and the Beast' live action movie has been pushed back indefinitely.
Originally slated for a 16 March release, the movie's opening date has been postponed indefinitely pending an internal review by the censorship board, according to film distributor The Walt Disney Company (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. Disney did not provide any reason to the postponement, nor was there any indication as to what the new opening date will be.
At the time of writing, Malaysia's major cinemas have removed all traces of the movie from their websites and mobile apps. Both TGV and GSC have also urged customers who have bought tickets in advance to get their refunds.
The remake of the 1991 animated classic courted controversy earlier this month when director Bill Condon revealed that the movie will feature Disney's first ever gay character in the form of LeFou a.k.a. Gaston's trusty sidekick
"LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston," Condon told Attitude in an exclusive interview.
"He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie."
As the Internet imploded with mixed reactions, Josh Gad - the actor who plays LeFou - remarked that "the entire conversation has been overblown" and explained that the moment in the film hinting at LeFou's sexuality is "subtle"
Speaking to The Music, Gad said, "First of all, I think that the entire conversation has sadly been completely overblown and I attribute that to the age of sensationalism that we live in."
Gad has also told USA Today that his character's sexuality wasn't mentioned in the script.
In fact, [WARNING, SPOILER ALERT! LAST CHANCE TO AVERT YOUR EYES] in the movie, LeFou does not make any statements whatsoever about his sexuality. According to Buzzfeed, many have taken a scene at the end of the movie, where LeFou is seen dancing with another man as a subtle indication that the character is gay. Media previews have also indicated that there is no in-your-face "exclusive gay moment" in the movie.
Following the revelation, Russia has banned children under 16 from watching the film, while a cinema in Alabama, US has axed all screenings of the movie
In Singapore, Anglican Bishop Rennis Ponniah has issued an advisory via St. Andrew's Cathedral's website urging the clergy and deaconesses to alert their congregation about the homosexual content in the film.
"Disney films for children's entertainment are usually associated with wholesome, mainstream values. But times are changing at a foundational level. In this new live-action remake of the classic film, the character LeFou is portrayed as gay and a 'gay moment' is included in the movie by way of a sub-plot," he wrote.
"Parents are therefore strongly advised to provide guidance to their children about this re-make of 'Beauty & the Beast', and indeed to their children's entertainment choices in a rapidly changing age."