Cen­sor Board had given film a PG13 rat­ing

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Cen­sor­ship Board (LPF) is puzzled as to why the re­lease date of Dis­ney’s film, Beauty and the Beast, was post­poned na­tion­wide.

LPF chair­man Datuk Ab­dul Halim Ab­dul Hamid said the film had gone through cen­sor­ship and LPF had made a mi­nor cut to a con­tro­ver­sial “gay mo­ment”, and gave the film a PG13 rat­ing be­fore the sched­uled March 16 pre­miere date.

He said films had to go through LPF to be cen­sored, rated and ap­proved be­fore get­ting the green light to be aired to the pub­lic. Les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, and trans­gen­der (LGBT) el­e­ments would be taken out.

“On Beauty and the Beast, I have no idea why the dis­trib­u­tor de­cided to post­pone the re­lease. Some­times, they don’t like it when we cen­sor the films so maybe they were un­happy with the cut we made. It was an in­ter­nal mat­ter on their side,” he told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

Al­though dis­trib­u­tor The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany (Malaysia) had not an­nounced the of­fi­cial re­lease date, City Cine­plex in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, set March 30 to for the pre­miere.

“The date is sub­ject to change. We were able to block ticket sales be­fore the March 16 screen­ing so no re­funds were nec­es­sary. We usu­ally make ticket sales four days ahead of a screen­ing,” a City Cine­plex spokesman said.

TGV Cin­e­mas head of mar­ket­ing Ce­leste Koay told the NST it had yet to re­ceive up­dates on the new re­lease date from Dis­ney.

“We sold many tick­ets in ad­vance, touch­ing a six-fig­ure value. We are of­fer­ing re­funds. We un­der­stand the pub­lic’s frus­tra­tion as this is a much loved story that most of us grew up with.”

To fill in screen­ing slots meant for Beauty and the Beast, TGV will bring back Utopia, Moana and The Lego Bat­man movie.

Golden Screen Cin­e­mas is of­fer­ing re­funds for ad­vance ticket pur­chases. For on­line pur­chases, full re­fund will be made to the cus­tomers’ bank ac­counts while for counter pur­chases, cus­tomers are to go to the re­spec­tive cin­e­mas to col­lect their re­funds.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­istry said it had noth­ing to do with the post­pone­ment of the Beauty and the Beast screen­ing.

Its min­is­ter, Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak, said the de­lay of the movie’s re­lease was un­der the LPF, which is un­der the purview of the Home Min­istry.

Con­tro­versy sparked af­ter Beauty and the Beast di­rec­tor Bill Con­don had re­port­edly said that the char­ac­ter of Le Fou, played by Josh Gad, would have a “nice ex­clu­sively gay mo­ment”.

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