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dateline: 15 March 2017

Disney Refuses to Censor Beauty and the Beast

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • gay: homosexual
  • not sit well: to make people feel uncomfortable
  • sidekick: buddy
  • villain: the bad guy in a story
  • subtly: delicately, without a lot of attention
  • censor: to remove or hide

Disney Refuses to Censor Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s new live-action film Beauty and the Beast contains a “gay moment” that is not sitting well in some countries. those who have previewed the film, LeFou, the sidekick of Gaston, the villain, subtly that he is gay in one scene in the film. Film censors in Malaysia have asked Disney to cut the moment from the film, but Disney has declined. In , gay characters are permitted in films, but they must be depicted in a light. A drive-in theatre in Alabama has also refused to show the film. In Russia, the film has been restricted to viewers over .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What role does LeFou play in the film?
  2. What did film censors in Malaysia ask Disney to do?
  3. Why does the report mention Alabama?

Discussion Questions: Some people have pointed out that the theme of Beauty and the Beast is acceptance. Do you think Disney was right in refusing to censor this film?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub

Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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2 Comments on Disney Refuses to Censor Beauty and the Beast

  1. Alberto says:

    Yes, I agree with Disney. It is necessary to support gay people. They need us.

  2. Bijan says:

    Dear Tara,

    Thank you for your nice voice.
    Best wishes,
    Bijan

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