Disney has refused to back down from Malaysia’s censors who have asked for a version of Beauty and the Beast without a gay scene.
The live action version of the children’s classic was due to open in Malaysia tomorrow (16 March).
However, the release is now in question as film censors have deemed the scene ‘inappropriate’.
LeFou, played by Josh Gad, will be seen struggling with his sexuality, sings an admiring song to Gaston, and dances with a man at the end.
Gay sex is illegal in Malaysia, punishable by up to 20 years in prison with or without fines or whippings.
Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board said the film would only be approved if the scene was cut. It would be given a P13 rating, requiring parental guidance for children under 13.
‘It is only one short scene but it is inappropriate because many children will be watching this movie,’ chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid told Associated Press.
But Disney said they will not be making any cuts to the film.
‘The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia,’ Disney said in an emailed statement.