Anglican church releases official advisory on ' and the Beast'

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2017%2f02%2f07%2f73%2f1 720.fa6f6By Yi Shu Ng2017-03-13 11:00:02 UTC

Disney's hotly anticipated live action and the Beast now comes with a formal warning from a church.

Ahead of its screening, Bishop Rennis Ponniah of Singapore's St. Andrew's Cathedral published a statement to "alert" the congregation about the "homosexual content" in the film.

Beauty and the Beast's sidekick character LeFou, played by Josh Gad, will be openly gay.

"Disney films for children's entertainment are usually associated with wholesome, mainstream values ... [but] times are changing at a foundational level," the statement reads.

"Parents are therefore strongly advised to provide guidance to their children about this remake ... and indeed to their children's entertainment choices in a rapidly changing age," the statement adds.

The bishop added that the Anglican Diocese and the National Council of Churches in Singapore would be working on a fuller advisory in the coming week. 

The Church in Singapore is hardly the only Christian body to be ruffled by LeFou. Some Christian-run cinemas in the U.S. have canceled screenings, as well.

Disney has also cancelled its premiere of the film in Malaysia indefinitely "pending internal review," according to The Star. The company did provide details of why it has been cancelled.

Topics: Beauty and the Beast, Christianity, church, disney, Entertainment, Movies, lefou, LGBT

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