A gay reference in the new big-screen Walt Disney version of the Beauty & The Beast fable, which has stunned many nations, has surprisingly been allowed to remain untouched in India.
The sudden appearance of a gay character in a beloved children’s fable has evoked widespread protests in many parts of the world. When the Malaysian Censor Board asked for the gay reference to be removed, Disney decided to remove the film from Malaysian theatres. In Russia, the film has been passed for adult viewing.
Elaborating further on the subject, Nihalani says, “We had no problem with the homosexual reference in The Beauty & The Beast. We certified the film with a ‘U/A’ and no cuts. Now, if the gay character (LeFou) was to suddenly grab another character and start making love, we may have to ask him to restrain himself. We, at the CBFC, believe there is more dignity in the implied than the applied.”
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