Fans that have been eagerly waiting to watch the movie, Beauty and Beast, in Malaysia, will have to wait a little longer. The movie which was planned to be released tomorrow has been put on hold indefinitely, according to various media outlets.
A+M has reached out to Walt Disney Malaysia, the film’s distributor, for a statement on this issue.
In a statement to Star Online, the distributor confirmed the news and cited “internal review” to be the reason of delay. However, no further information on the issue was divulged.
This news comes amidst a global controversy surrounding the movie’s plot on a supposedly gay character. In a conversation with a UK magazine called Attitude, Bill Condon, director of the movie said that Le Fou, played by Josh Gad, would have a “nice exclusively gay moment” in the movie.
If this is indeed the reason for delay, Malaysia will not be the only country sceptical about the screening the movie. In Singapore, Bishop Rennis Ponniah on the St Andrew Cathedral’s website issued a statement which read: “It is needful that you alert your congregation about the homosexual content in Disney’s re-make of Beauty and the Beast – a film scheduled for screening during the March school holidays.”
He added, “Parents are therefore strongly advised to provide guidance to their children about this re-make of the movie, and indeed to their children's entertainment choices in a rapidly changing age.”
Citing similar reason, Russia too has imposed and age limitation by restricting those below the age of 16 from watching the movie.
The movie stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and Luke Evans as Gaston. The movie is a live-action remake of Disney’s classic animated feature, which became the first animated film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar in 1991.