PETALING JAYA: The National Council of Churches of Singapore has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the new Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, with a statement denouncing the “gay moment” in the film as “totally unnecessary”.
The council said some Christian leaders in Singapore were “deeply concerned about the LGBT representation in this new Disney movie”, TODAY Online reported.
“They see this as an attempt to influence young children and socialise them at an early age into thinking that the homosexual lifestyle is normal,” it said.
Meanwhile, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore has urged parents to consider the advisability of allowing their children to view the live action remake of the 1991 animated classic Beauty And The Beast, which was the first movie to ever be nominated for a Best Picture at the Oscars.
“With extensive media reports of the purported ‘gay moment’ in this movie, we believe that parents must discern and reflect with their children on whether the lifestyle portrayed is consonant with the teachings of Christ.
“They must explain the implications and the consequences of such a lifestyle for themselves and society,” said the archdiocese, in response to the PG rating the movie has received in the republic.
In Malaysia, the March 13 release of the movie has been “postponed indefinitely” after the Film Censorship Board ordered a “sensitive” scene, presumably the one with the “gay moment” to be cut from the movie.
Pending the cut, the censorship board approved a P13 rating for the movie, which means viewers under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Walt Disney Pictures has said that the movie has to be screened uncut or not at all, although the Malaysian Disney office maintained that the movie opening has only been “postponed”.