After KL, Singapore gets its own ‘gay moment’

Josh Gad’s character LeFou (right) has been a controversial addition in some countries.Source:Supplied

After KL, here comes Singapore Beauty & The Beast ‘gay moment’
Malaysia’s film censorship division is not the only one thinking the remake of the movie Beauty and The Beast had a ‘gay moment’ that needed to be clipped.

Now it is a statement issued on the St Andrew’s Cathedral website, in which Bishop Rennis Ponniah wants his clergy and deaconesses to alert their congregation about the “homosexual content” in Beauty and the Beast, which opens this Thursday, that grabbed attention.

However, the Bishop said “times are changing at a foundational level”, asserting that Disney films for children are for “wholesome, mainstream values”.

The fact that the flick’s scheduled for screening during the March school holidays was also pointed out by the bishop.

“Parents are therefore strongly advised to provide guidance to their children about this remake of ‘Beauty & the Beast‘, and indeed to their children’s entertainment choices in a rapidly changing age,” the statement said.

Speaking on the BBC’s Hard Talk, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, when challenged on the gay agenda said, “My personal view is that if I don’t have a problem — this is an uneasy compromise — I’m prepared to live with it until social attitudes change.”

WALT Disney said it has shelved the release of its new movie Beauty and the Beast in mainly Muslim Malaysia, even though film censors said Tuesday it had been approved with a minor cut involving a “gay moment.”

To some, this is now turning to be Disney’s own gay moment.

Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said scenes promoting homosexuality were forbidden and that the film was given a P13 rating, which requires parental guidance for children under 13 years of age.

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