THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST BACKLASH SHOWS THAT WE'RE MORE ACCEPTING OF BEASTIALITY THAN WE ARE OF HOMOSEXUALITY

It was announced last week that the new Beauty and The Beast film would feature Disney's first openly gay character and today there is speculation as to whether the film will be allowed to air in Malaysia where being gay is still a crime punishable by a prison stay or corporal punishment. Disney has since ruled this out but it is yet unknown as to whether or not this scene will be cut with a bit of good old fashioned censorship.

The character in question is LeFou, Gaston's right hand man who is played by Gosh Gad, and Malaysia was not the only place to dispute it after a cinema in Alabama cancelled all screenings of the film.

And my question is this: how are people SERIOUSLY able to get their knickers in a twist over ONE GAY SCENE when the entire film follows the story of a beautiful young woman falling in love with a buffalo. A FRIGGING BUFFALO.

A couple of weeks ago, when the news of this scene first broke, the film's director Bill Condon said that the "gay moment" is "not a big deal" and on one side of course he is right. It's not a big deal at all. HELLO, it's 2017, so what if there is a gay guy in the film? It DOESN'T matter. But on the other side, it is a big deal. It's a very big deal. It's a huge milestone; the first time that a Disney character has been exclusively gay, it's a massive indication that times are changing, that the world is becoming more accepting and that cinema is starting to portray the real world a little bit more accurately. Even if it is in a film where a woman falls in love with an animal.

The controversy that this film has caused, though incredibly frustrating, might be a good thing. It has started a conversation, opened the door to change and got people thinking. Of course it's the backlash that has made the news but by and large the response has been good: either in the shape of support or indifference - both are reassuring. 

I'm loathed to tell a country off, not least of all because I have absolutely no authority with which to do it, but seriously, Malaysia, if your ONLY ISSUE in a film where the teapots sing and a woman falls in love with a BUFFALO is that there is ONE GAY MOMENT, then you need your heads checking.