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Mighty Mouse: Disney Nixes Malaysian ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Screenings

Still from Beauty and the Beast © Walt Disney

Editor's Note:

We’re taking today’s Daily Blunt from the canceled ‘Beauty and the Beast’ screenings in Malaysia all the way Stateside, to the vocabulary-inspired follow-up to SNL’s “Complicit.”

Has so much ever been made of so little? The uproar over the “gay content” in Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” — in which indirect allusions are made to a a minor character’s same-sex attraction — is no longer just an American phenomenon. In Malaysia, where homosexuality is illegal, officials edited the film themselves to remove the offending content, drawing ire from Disney. The studio has since withdrawn the film from Malaysia entirely, publicly asserting that “the film has not been and will not be cut.” Meanwhile, back at home, polling among faith-based communities shows that people think Disney’s trying to “normalize homosexuality” with this small, tossaway moment. (The more prominent moments in which a woman falls in love with a shaggy, horned monster seem to be of concern to no one.)

Having wrapped filming on “A Wrinkle in Time,” Ava DuVernay has begun sharing photos of some of her favorite on-set moments via Instagram — which also serve as our first look at certain characters and settings from the upcoming movie. The director’s personal snapshots of Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and Storm Reid are the perfect introduction to what is obviously a labor of love for cast and crew alike. If you think this is a cruel tease, you haven’t seen anything yet: The film itself won’t come out for another twelve months.

In an effort to better understand the current global milieu, The Guardian has been exploring the bizarre, turbulent decade that was the 1930s. Enter Roald Dahl, who once devoted some page-space to explaining how it ended up being the golden age of chocolate. “From 1930 to 1937, virtually all the great classic chocolate bars were invented,” he observes, providing a timeline of product innovation like the Milky Way and Aero bars. Viewed through Dahl’s eyes, these are no mere confections: “In music, the equivalent would be the golden age of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. In painting, it was the equivalent of the Italian Renaissance and the advent of Impressionism at the end of the nineteenth century; in literature, Tolstoy, Balzac, and Dickens.” And we all know where his imagination carried him from there.

Following SNL’s satirical commercial skewering Ivanka Trump’s success as a perfume mogul, Merriam-Webster has revealed that the word “complicit” shot straight to the top of its user’s searches, and Dictionary.com also saw a 2000% spike as well. It’s a reassuring sign of the permeability of the public consciousness: People may not be happy about what they’re seeing on TV, but you can’t deny they’re learning a thing or two from it. M-W’s search list, which is refreshed daily, has already changed since then to reflect the public’s curiosity about archaism and fascism, respectively.