Shared from the 2017-03-21 Chattanooga eEdition

Kuwait censors pull Disney movie Beauty and the Beast

KUWAIT CITY — Beauty and the Beast was pulled from cinemas in Kuwait on Monday after censors raised concerns over the content of the film, which includes what has been called the first “gay moment” for a Disney character.

The film had been showing in the predominantly Muslim country of Kuwait since Thursday. But those who’d purchased tickets to see the movie Monday re ce ive d tex t m e ssa ge s from Kuwait’s National Cinema Company informing them that screenings were canceled for “unforeseen difficulties.”

“We were requested to stop the screening and further censor the movie for things that were deemed offensive by the Ministry of Information’s censorship department,” said Duaij Al-Khalifa Al-Sabah, a board member at the National Cinema Company.

Similar concerns over the film’s gay character prompted a drive-in theater in the U.S. state of Alabama to cancel showings. Censors in Malaysia required a scene be edited, but Disney pulled the film from release there.

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