Hornbill Unleashed

March 30, 2017

Home Ministry says no U-turn on ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Actors Dan Stevens (left) and Emma Watson pose for photographers at a media event for the film ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in London February 24, 2017. — Reuters picFinal approval for the screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was issued by the Film Appeal Committee (JRKF), which is distinct from the Film Censorship Board (LPF) that sought to edit “gay elements” from the movie.

According to the Home Ministry, parties aggrieved by the LFP’s rulings were free to seek recourse from the JRKF.

It noted that this was done by the distributor of Beauty and the Beast.

“The JRKF is a committee that is independent of the LPF formed under the Film Censorship Act 2002 and is not bound by the LPF’s decisions,” the ministry said in a statement today.

“As such, views that the LPF made a U-turn or reversed its ruling to edit the movie, Beauty and the Beast, are baseless.”

It explained that the appeals panel decided to allow the screening of the movie without the edits sought by the LPF as it considered the gay elements contained to be “light” and not detrimental to other aspects of the movie.

The movie was given a PG13 rating, requiring parental guidance for viewers below 13 years of age.

Disney initially refused to screen its latest remake of the classic fairy tale with the required censorship.

The offending part revolves around peripheral character LeFou, whom director Bill Condon revealed has a “gay moment” with antagonist Gaston in the movie.

Source : @ FMT Online


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