Hong Kong Anti-LGBT Group Calls for ban on 'Beauty and The Beast' due to gay Scenes
Hong Kong's Family School Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance (SODO) calls to ban Disney's Beauty and the Beast remake in the country due to some gay scenes exhibited in the film, Shanghaiist.com reports.
The anti-gay organization writes to the Office for Film, Newspaper, and Article Administration citing that the movie failed to exclude gay-associated conduct particularly referring to that scene towards the end when one male character was seen dancing with another man. The movie's director, Bill Condon, however, described the scene as something "nice, exclusively gay moment."
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The group's leader and spokesperson, Roger Wong Wai-ming, said that the scene may "instill in some children values that their parents do not agree with such as believing that being gay is normal and not a problem."
It is in this regard that Wong further urged the government of Hong Kong to express urgency in taking action against the movie. He proposed to either take out the debated scene; or categorize the movie as something suitable only for 18 years old and above as it was initially rated appropriate for all ages; or, ultimately, to totally ban it from being shown in theaters all over the country. His requests, however, will not be granted as the Hong Kong administration does not see anything wrong with the aforementioned scene in question.
It can be recalled that "Beauty and The Beast" has faced similar challenges in other countries. In Singapore, it was decided to give the movie a parental guidance evaluation due to some scenes that portrayed slight violence.
In Malaysia, the film was not released in theaters after Disney refused to delete the 'gay scenes' requested to be taken out by the Malaysian government.