Following controversy about a “gay moment” in the new “Beauty and the Beast” film, several Malasian movie chains have announced they will show the uncut version of the box office blockbuster.
The film was initially scheduled for a March 16th release in Malaysia, which has laws against homosexuality. The movie was postponed when the country’s Film Censorship Board of Malaysia cut the offending scene.
Disney responded by stating “the film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia.”
According to the Associated Press, an anonymous government official attributed the reversal to an appeal committee viewing the film and determining the scene in question was inoffensive.
The scene features the character LeFou, the villain Gaston’s side-kick, dancing with a man during the final ball before the credits roll. There are several references to LeFou’s sexuality during the film. He is portrayed as having an unrequited crush on Gaston and gazing longingly at him during the song “Gaston.”
Now the movie, which brought in $350 million over the weekend, is scheduled to debut in Malaysian theaters March 30. The film has been given a PG13 rating, which requires parental guidance for children under age 13.