“Be Our Guest”, the tagline that’s currently all over the world as Disney’s latest effort, Beauty and the Beast, hits the silver screen. However, Malaysians were rejected out of the lobby as Disney refuses to edit out a scene involving a homosexual moment from the live action remake, a request made by the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia.
The news comes amid controversy over director Bill Condon’s announcement that the film contains a homosexual moment between Le Fou (Josh Gad) and Gaston (Luke Evans).
With the Disney Renaissance classic remake not hitting the cinemas in Malaysia, we take a look at 10 other major movies throughout the years that were banned by the hammer of the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Banned due to intense violence, drug abuse, explicit nudity, and scenes of sexual violence.
Banned originally, but was eventually passed for a VCD release and a long-delayed DVD release by Movie Master. Many other Steven Spielberg films were banned.
Banned due to religious content.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
Banned due to horror and supernatural themes
Banned due to its title and subject matter not being halal. Released direct-to-VHS when the ruling was overturned almost a year later.
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Never released in cinemas because the censor body ruled that the film is “insensitive for religious and moral reasons”. The film was passed for VCD and DVD release by Berjaya HVN
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Never released in cinemas due to comedic sexual content, but passed for a VCD release and delayed DVD release by Sunny Film Productions.
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Banned due to strong sexual content and graphic nudity.
Bruce Almighty (2003)
Banned due to religious content, but was passed for VCD and DVD release by Berjaya HVN.
Schindler’s List (1993)
Banned initially; the Malaysian Film Censorship Board described the film as “propaganda with the purpose of asking for sympathy.” A heavily censored DVD version was later released in 2004.