Censors in Malaysia have given into studio Disney after they refused to allow the film to be shown with a “gay scene” cut from it.
“We are pleased to announce that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has now been approved to be released in Malaysia with no cuts, with a PG13 rating,” Disney said in a statement.
Cinema’s have said the film will be released uncut on March 30.
In the film, the character LeFou—sidekick to the main villain Gaston—expresses affection for his macho boss and also dances with a man at a ball. Director Bill Condon said in an interview earlier this month that the “nice, exclusively gay moment” was a first for a Disney film.
Nur Jazlan Mohamed, Malaysia’s deputy home minister, previously said the government would not allow the film to be screened uncut “because the elements portrayed in the movie could influence us.”