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From left to right, director Bill Condon and actors Dan Stevens, Emma Watson, Luke Evans, and Josh Gad pose for photographers on the red carpet for the film "Beauty and the Beast" in Shanghai on Feb. 27.   © Reuters
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Disney chooses its battles in Malaysia and China

China's emerging pink economy factors in 'Beauty and the Beast' saga

JEFFREY TOWSON | China

Walt Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" missed its original opening date in Malaysia due to the company's refusal to accept cuts by state censors involving a gay character. But the movie opened on time and in a big way in China, in complete, unedited form.

The film reportedly had 100,000 screenings on opening night, adding up to 43% of all the country's showings on March 17. Not only was the movie released uncut in a country where many Hollywood films draw censors' attentions, it even received an explicit nod from the government. The People's Daily, the Communist Party's flagship newspaper, tweeted: "Controversial gay moment kept in Disney's #BeautyAndTheBeast... requires no guidance for minor audience." 

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