IS the darker, grittier version of Power Rangers to suffer the same fate as Beauty and the Beast at the hands of Malaysian censors?
The movie production today unveiled:
> Blue Ranger Billy is autistic.
> Yellow Ranger Trini is gay.
The bombshell comes on the heels of:
> Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast and it's gay character, Josh Gad's LeFou.
WHAT CENSORS SAY?
Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board (LPF):
> Only watched the film yesterday.
> Says it's up to the distributors to show the film because as for now no official report is out.
> Explains a report outlining edits for censorship takes five working days.
Press screening kicks off tomorrow morning for Power Rangers, while nationwide screening begins on Thursday.
As the Yellow Ranger claims the title of first queer superhero on the big screen ...
> Will the movie be edited like Beauty and the Beast and eventually not be screened here?
> There are many gay superheroes in Marvel and DC comics but NONE have appeared in any of the movies.
> Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn's characters are bisexual BUT their sexual orientation has been ignored by cinematic counterparts.
In the film, Trini opens up about how she's in the process of working out her sexual orientation.
For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is. She hasn't fully figured it out yet.
I think what's great about the scene is, 'That's OK' and kids have to own who they are and find their tribe.
Actor David Yost, who played the Blue Ranger in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series has praised the 'outing' of Trini.
> Openly gay, Yost was often harassed by crew members because of his sexuality.
> He eventually walked away from the franchise after being verbally abused one too many times.
> His character had to be written off the show.