China Box Office: ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Has Strong Open, Even After Disney Refused To Censor Gay Scene
The brief “gay moment” (as director Bill Condon calls it) involving the character Le Fou at the end of the movie left China’s sometimes testy censors unflustered. That was in contrast to the situation in neighboring Asian country Malaysia, where censors asked for the scene to be cut.
The film has not been released in Malaysian theaters after Disney refused to make the change. “The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia,” the studio said, in a statement cited by local media. Disney has also reportedly asked the Malaysian Censorship Board to review its decision. The board is expected to meet next Tuesday.
In Russia, officials slapped a rating on the film restricting the audience to viewers age 16 and over.
The brevity of the scene and the minor importance of the character may have informed China’s decision to keep the movie intact, which was trumpeted by state media. “Controversial gay moment kept in Disney’s #BeautyAndTheBeast. Movie premiered on Mar 17 in China, requires no guidance for minor audience,” The People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s mouthpiece, said via its Twitter account.