Malaysia's 'Beauty and the Beast' controversy gets happy ending

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PETALING JAYA - Just like the fairy tale itself, the controversy over Disney's live-action film Beauty and the Beast will have a happy ending in Malaysia.

According to an industry insider, the movie has been approved for release in Malaysia with a rating of PG13 from March 30 onwards. The movie will be shown in its entirety without any cuts.

Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) also tweeted that the movie was going to be shown from March 30 without any cuts.

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Beauty and the Beast courted controversy when director Bill Condon said that the character of LeFou, played by Josh Gad, would have a "nice exclusively gay moment" in the film.

In an AFP report, chairman of the Malaysian Censorship Board (LPF) Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said the "gay moment" had concerned a song featuring LeFou, during which he "lifted up his shirt and showed a love bite on his tummy".

The movie was originally scheduled for release on March 16.

Disney Co (Malaysia) is set to release an official statement on Tuesday night.

'Beauty and the Beast' premieres in China

  • The cast of new Disney film Beauty and the Beast have arrived in Shanghai to promote the movie ahead of its release.
  • Popular celebrities Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline and Josh Gad met fans at Shanghai Disney Resort
  • In the film, Belle, played by Emma Watson, is taken prisoner by a fearsome Beast, performed by Dan Stevens, in his magical castle in exchange for the freedom of her father Maurice.
  • Despite her fears, Belle learns to accept this and befriends many characters in the castle.
  • Little by little, she manages to look beyond the Beast's exterior to recognise the true heart and soul of the human prince.