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‘Beauty and the Beast’ release postponed in Malaysia, even after ‘gay moment’ cut

March 14, 2017 KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Major cinema chains in Muslim-majority Malaysia have postponed the release of Walt Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, cleared by censors after a “gay moment” was cut, due to “unforeseen circumstances”. 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. Billboards and posters advertising the film, with a March 16 release date, had been…

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‘Beauty and Beast’ gay character sparks Christian boycott calls

March 3, 2017 (Reuters) – An evangelist preacher is calling for a boycott of the upcoming Walt Disney film “Beauty and the Beast” because it features a gay character, saying that the company is trying to promote an LGBT agenda to children. Franklin Graham, the North Carolina-based son of evangelist preacher Billy Graham and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, called for the boycott in a Facebook post on Thursday. By Friday the post had been shared more than 88,000 times, and a movie theater in Alabama said it…

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