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'Beauty and the Beast' won't be released in Malaysia after the 'gay moment' was edited


"Beauty and the Beast" made waves for its "gay moment." Not all of them were positive.

Still, in Malaysia, even after the "moment" got approved with some editing, Disney opted not to release its movie in that country. 

It was supposed to hit Malaysian theaters Thursday but has been postponed indefinitely, according to Malaysia's two biggest theater chains. No reason was given.

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It will be in U.S. theaters on Friday, March 17.

It is only one short scene, but it is inappropriate because many children will be watching this movie.
Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid

Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, chairman of Malaysia's Film Censorship Board, said the movie was originally given a P13 rating (equivalent to a PG-13 in the U.S.) since pro-homosexuality scenes are forbidden. Sodomy is punishable by prison in Malaysia.

He said Disney did not appeal the decision. 

This image released by Disney shows Josh Gad as Le Fou, left, and Luke Evans as Gaston in a scene from, "Beauty and the Beast," opening nationwide on March 17. (Laurie Sparham/Disney via AP)

Disney did not respond to AP's request for comment.

Earlier, Russia, after flirting with banning the movie, approved it for people 16 years old and older. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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