LPF chief blames director for bringing up 'gay element'

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Film Censorship Board (LPF) chairperson Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid has blamed "Beauty and the Beast" director Bill Condon for highlighting the "gay moment" much anticipated Disney movie.

He said the LPF had proposed snipping about four minutes and 38 seconds scene featuring a song, which contained a three second portion containing the purported suggestive lyrics performed by the character Le Fou (played by actor Josh Gad).

"But we could not recommend a three-second cut as it would make the song choppy and people would be angry. The other cuts are on the actions.

"Maybe if Condon had not mentioned the 'gay element', people wouldn't be so curious and we could let it go with a potentially minor cut. And this whole thing may not have been an issue," Abdul Halim told the New Sunday Times.

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