15/03/2017 16:17 GMT

Disney Pulls Release Of 'Beauty And The Beast' In Malaysia Rather Than Cut 'Gay Moment'

LeFou is seen dancing with a man in a dress at the end of the film.

Disney has decided to pull the release of ‘Beauty And The Beast’ in Malaysia, after learning the film’s “exclusively gay moment” would be censored. 

The live action remake of the classic animation was due to hit Malaysian cinemas on Wednesday (15 March), but the corporation have postponed it pending an “internal review”. 

As previously revealed, the “gay moment” is merely LeFou dancing with a man in a dress at the end of the film

The release of 'Beauty And The Beast' has been pulled in Malaysia

However, Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board considered this to be inappropriate, telling AP: “We have approved [the film], but there is a minor cut involving a gay moment.

“It is only one short scene, but it is inappropriate because many children will be watching this movie.”

In response, Disney said in a statement (via Bloomberg) that “the film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia”.

It now remains unclear when - if at all - the film will be released there.

LeFou (left) features in an "exclusively gay moment"

Homosexual activity is illegal in Malaysia under both secular and religious laws, with those found guilty of any offences facing up to 20 years in prison.

Gay characters are allowed to be shown in films, however, but only if they die or are seen to repent and become straight. 

Meanwhile, Russia has slapped an adult rating on ‘Beauty And The Beast’ over the gay moment. 

Ewan McGregor, who voices charismatic candelabra Lumière in the film, has hit out at the backlash, saying during an appearance on Irish TV: “It’s 2017. For fuck’s sake.”

‘Beauty And The Beast’ arrives in UK cinemas on Friday 17 March.

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