Disney’s hard stance with Malaysia over the company’s blockbuster movie “Beauty and the Beast” appears to have produced results. The Los Angeles Times reports that the movie will be released in Malaysia as intended — complete with what Malaysian officials and others have called the movie’s “gay moment.”
As we reported last week, officials in the primarily Muslim nation initially declined to release the movie unless Disney allowed censors to make a minor cut to remove a scene that censors found offensive. Disney responded by pulling the plug on the movie’s Malaysian release.
Now Malaysia appears to have had a change of heart.
“Several major Malaysian movie chains announced Tuesday a new March 30 release date for the film,” The Times reports. “Most notably, the announcements from Golden Screen Cinemas and TGV Cinemas acknowledge that the film will not feature the cuts originally made by the Malaysian censor board.”
The AP cites a Malaysian government official, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to talk to the media, saying the decision was reversed after a film appeal committee reviewed the movie. The official said the committee, whose makeup was different from that of the original panel that wanted the scene cut, did not find the scene offensive.