The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) says that the PG rating given to the live-action remake of the Disney classic cartoon Beauty and the Beast was awarded for “mild portrayals of violence” and not for the so-called gay moment in the film, The Straits Times has reported.
The rating, said IMDA, was consistent with the assessment of the Films Consultative Panel, made up of volunteers of various backgrounds and religions.
IMDA also told the daily that its classification approach “gives audiences access to a wider range of media choices while protecting our young from unsuitable content”.
On Wednesday (14 Mar), the National Council of Churches Singapore called the “gay moment” in the film “unnecessary”. The Catholic Church in Singapore said in a media release that parents need to “explain the implications and the consequences of such a lifestyle for themselves and society”.
Meanwhile, in Malaysia, Walt Disney Co indefinitely pulled the film from theatres rather than remove the offending scene to placate local authorities, Bloomberg reported. “The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia,” said a statement from the movie studio. The film was earlier rated PG13 by local authorities after requesting 4½ minutes of cuts relating to the subplot with that “gay moment”.
Beauty and the Beast opens in Singapore this Thursday (16 Mar).