Disney opts to pull 'Beauty and the Beast' from Malaysia rather than cut supposed 'gay moment'

Hopefully the animated version is enough to hold them over.

Disney has opted to pull "Beauty and the Beast" from Malaysia rather than comply with a request to cut four minutes of footage that supposedly involves a "gay moment." Without the change, the country's Film Censorship Board would have given the movie a P13 rating, which mandates that an adult accompany any viewer under age 13.

In a succinct statement to Bloomberg News, Disney simply said, "The film has not and will not be cut for Malaysia."

According to reports, the "gay moment" involves -- spoiler alert! -- a man dancing with another man at a ball. Many had previously speculated that there would be a same-sex kiss or an overtly sexual moment, which appears not to be the case.

Many Malaysians had already purchased advance tickets online. Golden Screen Cinemas, the country's largest theater chain, said it will provide refunds to those customers.

Malaysia's government has laws against homosexuality and openly endorses gay conversation therapy.

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1940 — 'Pinocchio': $84.2 million

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1941 — 'Dumbo': $1.6 million

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1942 — 'Bambi': $102.2 million

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1943 — 'Victory Through Air Power': $799,000

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1946 — 'Song of the South': $63.7 million

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1950 — 'Cinderella': $93.1 million

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1951 — 'Alice in Wonderland': $5.2 million

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1952 — 'The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men': $4.5 million

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1953 — 'Peter Pan': $87.4 million

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1954 — '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea': $28.2 million

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1955 — 'The Lady and The Tramp': $93.6 million

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1956 — 'Westward Ho the Wagons!': $2.7 million

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1957: 'Old Yeller': $21.9 million

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1959 — 'Sleeping Beauty': $51.6 million

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1960 — 'Swiss Family Robinson': $40.3 million

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1961 — '101 Dalmatians': $144.9 million

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1962 — 'In Search of the Castaways': $21.7 million

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1963 — 'The Sword in the Stone': $22.2 million

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1964 — 'Mary Poppins': $102.3 million

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1965 — 'That Darn Cat!': $28 million

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1966 — 'Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N'.: $22.6 million

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1967 — 'The Jungle Book': $141.8 million

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1968 — 'Blackbeard's Ghost': $21.5 million

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1969 — 'The Love Bug': $51.3 million

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1970 — 'The Aristocats': $55.7 million

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1971 — 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks': $18.5 million

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1973 — 'Robin Hood': $32 million

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1974 — 'Herbie Rides Again': $38.3 million

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1975 — 'The Apple Dumpling Gang': $36.9 million

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1976 — 'Gus': $21.9 million

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1977 — 'The Rescuers': $71.2 million

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1978 — 'Return from Witch Mountain': $16.4 million

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1979 — 'The Black Hole': $35.8 million

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1980 — 'Herbie Goes Bananas': $18 million

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1981 — 'The Fox and the Hound': $63.5 million

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1982 — 'Tron': $33 million

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1983 — 'Never Cry Wolf': $29.6 million

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1984 — 'Splash': $69.8 million

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1985 — 'The Black Cauldron': $21.3 million

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1986 — 'Down and Out in Beverly Hills': $62.1 million

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1987 — 'Three Men and a Baby': $167.8 million

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1988 — 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit': $156.5 million

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1989 — 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids': $130.7 million

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1990 — 'Pretty Woman': $178.4 million

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1991 — 'Beauty and the Beast': $219 million

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1992 — 'Aladdin': $217.4 million

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1993 — 'Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas': $75.1 million

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1994 — 'The Lion King': $422.8 million

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1995 — 'Toy Story': $191.8 million

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1998 — 'Armageddon': $201.6 million

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1999 — 'The Sixth Sense': $293.5 million

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2000 — 'Dinosaur': $137.7 million

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2001 — 'Monsters, Inc.': $289.9 million

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2004 — 'The Incredibles': $261.4 million

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2005 — 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe': $291.7 million

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2007 — 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End': $309.4 million

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2011 — 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides': $241.1 million

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2014 — 'Guardians of the Galaxy': $333.2 million

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