KUALA LUMPUR: An Umno minister says the censorship of movies in the country has gone overboard and if the people continue to be deprived of watching certain movies, they will resort to illegal means to watch them instead.
Minister of Tourism and Culture Nazri Aziz said this to reporters at the Dewan Rakyat lobby today when asked for his reaction to the controversy surrounding the movie Beauty and the Beast because of a gay scene that was nicked by the Malaysian Censorship Board (LPF).
Film distributor The Walt Disney Co (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd has now decided to postpone the screening of the movie indefinitely despite receiving approval from the LPF to screen it minus the gay scene.
Saying he felt sorry for people who thought Malaysians were so easily influenced by what they watched in movies, Nazri added, “Enough is enough. I do not know where they find the time to go through all this and check.
“We are intelligent enough not to believe what is shown on television.
“If you do not allow them (cinema goers) to watch (movies) on the screen then they can watch (movies on the) computer.
“Then what, we ban computers? It may lead to them doing something illegal,” the minister said, adding that the authorities should stop treating Malaysians like children.
He said that if the authorities persisted with such drastic measures when it came to the movies screened, it would only encourage viewers to illegally stream and download movies online and watch even those banned by the authorities.
The much-anticipated Disney remake, which comes with a PG13 rating, meaning those under 13 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, has left Malaysian fans disappointed and angry, now that it has been yanked indefinitely and will probably never see the light of day in Malaysian cinemas.
The movie stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as Le Fou, the homosexual.