Just hold on one second, while my brain computes this logic – or non-logic.
It was a Monday. And nobody likes Mondays; I think we can all agree here. Even if nothing happens, Mondays can feel like the worst day on Earth and a very good day to just not live, because Mondays signify the beginning of the week, where we have to attend classes, listen to the lecturers’ and tutors’ droning on and on and on, and we have to be reminded that we are absolutely swamped with assignments.
(Can you believe it’s only week three? Like…what the hell?)
But to be honest, I felt fine, because somewhere in the back of my mind, I was already planning to purchase TGV tickets to watch the live action of Beauty and the Beast. And then, lo and behold, at exactly 5:15p.m., when I was in the middle of my Global Studies lecture, I found out that the Beauty and the Beast screenings have been indefinitely postponed.
In Malaysia, ‘postponed’ is pretty much code for ‘banned’, which also pretty much means that those of us with low moral ethics are going to have to wait for the pirated version to appear online.
They say it is for “internal review”, but we all know what it really means. They’re postponing, otherwise banning, the movie, because of a supporting gay character who is called The Fool. (LeFou is obviously a phonetic pun of The Fool, alright?)
Isn’t it ironic, though? Malaysia will air movies like Ombak Rindu – which is basically a movie about forcing a woman to marry a guy because that guy raped her, but somehow it’s her fault – but they will shelf a Disney movie for ‘internal review’ because of a gay supporting character. Plus, let’s talk about the fact that if it wasn’t for the controversy over The Fool’s sexuality, Malaysia would have kept airing it anyway.
Not that I’m criticizing it – because hello, Emma Watson – but this movie, while as heterosexual as Disney movies come, is pretty much about a woman falling in love with a beast, and vice versa. In other words, it is the epitome of bestiality. So let me ask you a question, how is the fact that a woman falling in love with a beast a whole lot better than a gay supporting character who is definitely not going to get a happy ending?
(I feel like I have to stress the supporting character bit because no one seems to grasp the concept.)
Okay, but here are some legitimate facts to all those who are getting boiled up over a gay supporting character called The Fool, so hear me out.
Your kid has seen the Beauty and the Beast movie before – because who hasn’t? – and surely they did not suddenly feel like having sexual intercourse with a buffalo after watching it. Hence, if they get to watch this live action remake of Beauty and the Beast, featuring a gay supporting character, certainly they will not miraculously come out of the cinema suddenly feeling like having sex with someone of the same gender.
Recently, it was reported that the Censorship board appealed to Disney to cut out the supposedly gay moment – which is, really, only five minutes of The Fool singing about the implications of his feelings for Gaston – but Disney refused. And you know what, as much as I want to watch Beuty and the Beast, Disney did the right thing.
Even the Minister of Tourism and Culture Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said that he is in full support of the company for being firm in their stance to want the entire movie to be screened without edits.
This is the 2017! We are almost at the point of 2020! Surely, you all must know that homosexuality does not work out that way. Surely, sexuality isn’t something that is as easily influenced through the screening of a Disney movie. I know for sure that listening to a Sam Smith album hasn’t done anything to me other than to weep through my drive home.
Surely, you all must know that it is deplorable to deprive all of us of getting to watch Emma Watson portraying one of our favorite Disney princesses of all time!