Despite Gay-Related Controversies, Beauty and the Beast Bags $45 Million on Its Opening Weekend in China
Disney's 2017 Beauty and the Beast continues to sweep the box office all over the world. In China alone, Bill Condon's masterpiece was reported by Shanghaiiist.com to have earned a whopping $45 Million during the previous weekend. This, apparently, shows that the gay-related controversies the movie has been facing since its opening date last week do not affect the inclination of the Chinese crowd towards seeing the much-awaited remake.
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It can be recalled that a few days ago, a homophobic and conservative organization in Hong Kong, Family School Sexual Orientation and Discrimination, raised its concerns towards the Hong Kong government in an appeal to ban the movie from being shown in the country due to a scene showing one man dancing with another man.
Another Christian school in China complained about the same sentiments and called for their students' parents to stop patronizing the Disney flick. A notification from the said school was sent to their students' households saying how "God disapproves of homosexuality."
Furthermore, the film faced another challenge in Malaysia when Disney refused to take out the abovementioned scene from the movie, hence a 1-week delay in its release in the said country.
Mainland China, however, reiterates that it does not have and see any problem with Beauty and The Beast. It further said that the story is primarily about the love between a beautiful woman and a hideous beast and the "gay moment" was merely an added spice to the already fresh and beautiful movie.
This, ultimately, speaks of how Chinese movie and TV program censors are becoming more open and accepting of homosexuality-related literature. Last year, China's SAPPRFT (State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television) had to ban a teen romantic comedy program because it explored episodes of gay literature.