In an interview with Attitude magazine earlier this month, the director of the live action version of Beauty and the Beast, Bill Condon, said that the character LeFou, played by Josh Gad, has "a nice, exclusively gay moment" in the movie.
Condon was quoted as saying, "LeFou (sidekick to the antagonist Gaston) is somebody who one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realizing that he has these feelings."
In the film, LeFou is also shown dancing with a man at a ball.
Following this, Bloomberg revealed, "Malaysia's Film Censorship Board had approved Beauty and the Beast for a P13 (which requires those below 13 years of age to be accompanied by a guardian) rating, after requesting cuts of about 4.5 minutes from a subplot with a 'gay moment.'"
The report said that according to Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, the film board chairman, theaters "can screen the film at any time after the deletions." It was also noted that Malaysia has laws against homosexuality.
Rather than agree to make the cuts, Walt Disney Co. decided to indefinitely pull out Beauty and the Beast from theaters in Malaysia. In a statement, the film company declared, "The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia."