Despite the initial approval of an edited version of "Beauty and the Beast", Disney has pulled the release of its new film from Malaysia. Initially held prisoner by the Beast in his permanently wintry castle, Belle gradually falls for this well-read but lonely creature - whose only chance of lifting the spell is to find true love.
It is needful that you alert your congregation about the homosexual content in Disney's re-make of Beauty and the Beast - a film scheduled for screening during the March school holidays.
The film's "gay moment", as described by Condon, has become a source of controversy as the film is set for release worldwide.
Emma Watson at the United Kingdom premiere for "Beauty and the Beast" in London in February.
The Walt Disney Co film has courted controversy after the director, Bill Condon, first announced that it would feature a gay character - LeFou, the goofy sidekick to main villain Gaston - for the first time in Disney's history.
'I just thought it was so important in the celebration of love at the end that we made it as broad as we could, including one character who turns out to like cross-dressing more than he expected!
Ryan Gosling was offered the role of the Beast, but turned it down to appear in "La La Land" instead. It's a unusual world!
Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia and film scenes depicting gay characters or discourse are only permitted if they are portrayed either negatively or as repentant, reports the Independent.
The production design and costumes, notably Belle's stunning yellow dress, are impeccable, but the film really comes into its own with the CGI. Watson also insisted that the character wear boots, and not the flat shoes that Belle wore in the animated film. "There are other gay characters in stories, too, like Dumbledore".
The film was dedicated to Howard Ashman, who provided lyrics to songs in both Beauty And The Beast and The Little Mermaid. In interesting coincidences, Emma Watson was actually born in France, and Ewan McGregor's wife is French. "The original of Beauty and the Beast was released in 1992 and now its 2017 and things have moved on from then", the 26-year-old smiled.