Russia May Ban Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Over Gay Character

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The Russian government is coming under pressure to ban Disney’s live-action movie “Beauty and the Beast” for allegedly contravening a 2013 law that prohibits “gay propaganda” aimed at children.

In Bill Condon’s film, LeFou (Josh Gad) has a crush on Gaston (Luke Evans). Condon told Attitude magazine that LeFou’s role is groundbreaking.

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“It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it,” he said. “And that’s what has its pay-off at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”

Gad spoke to Variety about being Disney’s first openly gay character during film’s L.A. premiere. “As subtle as it is, I do think it’s going to be effective and I do think it’s important,” he said.

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Vitaly Milonov, a lawmaker with the governing United Russia party, has urged culture minister Vladimir Medinsky to view the movie before its March 16 release to check if it complies with the law, and to ban it if he finds “elements of propaganda of homosexuality,” the BBC reported Saturday.

“As soon as we get a copy of the film with relevant paperwork for distribution, we will consider it according to the law,” Medinsky responded.

Gad’s character has sparked controversy in the U.S. as well. A movie theater in Alabama announced earlier this week that it would not screen “Beauty and the Beast” because of the inclusion of a gay character. “If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me, then we have no business showing it,” a statement on the theater’s Facebook page read.

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  1. sara kim: Mentally sick people don’t want to harm others? Quran following ISIS people are sane killing and destroying harming others? You are saying that being against the gay.

  2. Adam says:

    Who cares what Russia thinks? Russia banning this film won’t hurt the huge coffers at Disney.

    • CoreValue says:

      In REAL business, you want all the customers you can get to be fair to investors. Just saying Russia and Alabama don’t count for much is not smart. All Disney had to do was stick to the brand of the founder.

      • Joe says:

        CoreValue,
        do the math: About 10% of all people in the world are gay. That’s a lot of cash. If you can get some of them to see a Disney movie, then you have more than made up your loses from the not-too-big Russian market and – yes – that super-important cinema in Alabama.

  3. John says:

    Since 1 cinema in Alabama and the rather small Russian market are not significant, the Disney execs can sleep well…

  4. John says:

    Since 1 cinema in Alabama and the rather small Russian market are nor significant, the Disney execs can sleep well…

  5. Cat says:

    I really don’t understand why there’s no complaint about sexualizing children’s entertainment when the vast majority of the plot is driven by heterosexual romance—in this case, two: Gaston’s unwelcome pursuit of Belle, and Belle’s transformative relationship with the Beast—but for some reason a character just /being/ gay (and maybe having an interest in another character) is treated as inherently sexual by the “won’t someone please think of the children?!” crowd. [Face it, odds are the kids know someone in Pre-/K with two daddies/mommies, as well as divorced parents, single parents, etc.]
    Remove the love story and there’s pretty much nothing happening in BatB. At least in other Disney animated films, there’re wicked stepmother/sisters, evil witches, issues with duty/honor, or other conflicts. BatB is pretty much just a will they / won’t they / you freaking well know they will so let’s get on with it… with a HUUUGE library. [And really, I rather thought LeFou’s lick-spittle manner was rather obviously adoring in the animated version already. Not remotely surprised, here.]

    Also bewildering is the idea that this is propaganda—gay people exist in the world. They’re real. Depicting them as existing is not revolutionary, let alone a sales tactic. The only reason its inclusion here even gets talked about is because so much of entertainment thus far has been largely unoriginal and unrealistic, in terms of gender, orientation, race, and, frankly, plot.

    To be honest, I find it unfortunate that the gay character is the bad guy’s toady—he’s pretty bad, right there egging on the villain, but as the number two he’s also not handsome, charismatic, confident, intelligent, etc. So still evil, but kinda weasely pathetic too, rather than being positive, or at least neutral. Though, I suppose if it had been Lumiere, there’d’ve been a whole other slew of stereotype problems. C’est la vie.

  6. Kufrazzz says:

    Sorry, but even if your your imaginary God or Jesus existed… he probably still wouldn’t want to sit by a laughing stock like you. So problem solved.

  7. VoiceOfReason says:

    Maybe he just wants to see an exclusive pre-release screening?

  8. debbie81460 says:

    and i say they are nuts because only a child see the a movie that might scary to them they don’t care about gays that they even know what gay is they learn what their parents tell them

    • Those same people lie about illness names. All of it is used to make them to not seem to be human being. What is good for all is down played belittled. This is good. Upcspine, Upper cervical heath centers, The spesific chiropractic. People will not have symptoms to have a name attached to them.

    • Gays don’t have the mind of Satan them. That needs to be commended. That needs to be praised. Satan trembles trying to get people to look down on them. That is what Satan does through people all through history. That is what he did to Jesus through self righteous defiled religious people.

  9. Matthew says:

    I wonder if this is an insidious way for Putin to curry more favor with Trump’s base. A few days ago we learned that a lovely theater in lovely Alabama decided not to show the movie for the same homophobic reasons. Putin knows Trump’s base very well and wants to get his claws into their ideology and make himself seem like a kindred spirit. He is an amoral man appealing to amoral people.

  10. swede says:

    Russia should ban it. It’s a kids’ film, no need for gay propaganda. I hope the film fails.

  11. J-dog says:

    “and I do think it’s important” sounds like an agenda

    • Gays are not mischievous. They don’t have an ulterior motive. Muslims have an ulterior motive. wanting barbaric oppressive fear giving laws to be imposed on others. Gays say: Love me, Love me, please. It will be good for you to love me.

  12. J-dog says:

    If it wasn’t the director’s gay agenda, why else was it added? Hmm, how can I add a gay character in this story cuz I’m gay?

  13. Deviant liars are against the gay being one name. People who are against gay think lying is a very good thing to do. They that do that cannot see the gay’s, honest, kind, childlike heart.

    • Felicia Hardy says:

      Stop saying all gays are wonderful as if their orientation grants them a pass. There are wonderful gay and straight people, just as there are horrible people of every sexual orientation.

      And your posts are at best, muddled Nonsense.

    • Felicia Hardy says:

      To paraphrase Samuel L. Jackson…

      English? Do you speak it?

      • You don’t understand? God loves truth tellers or liars? You don’t know? Liars will want people to live or to die? You don’t understand that? You think liars are for life?

  14. LV Media says:

    I thought this was a trade publication? Where did all these homophobe commentators come from? Certainly not the entertainment industry! Wait, I’ve got it! THESE ARE PAID PROTESTORS! TRUMPERS IS PAYING THEM TO POST THIS CRAP!

    P.S. Variety – Most of these commentors don’t even have profiles or accounts. They follow the stories and attempt to stir the pot. Well, now it all makes sense!

  15. Kandarr says:

    Good, I hope they do. I know I won’t be taking my little girl to go see it.

  16. VoiceOfReason says:

    Feel sorry for the director Bill Condon…Probably didn’t see the anti-gay shitstorm coming his way when he did that interview.

  17. Felicia Hardy says:

    ?

    There’s plenty of time for kids as they get older to understand Homosexuality and sexual themes.
    I’m not for censorship. I’m for voting with your walket. And banning movies does not sit well with me provided there’s no illegality regarding the film. And it amuses me that all the socialist apologists for the evils of communism now are more anti Russia than Reagan and the right is cozying up then more than FDR cozied up to “Uncle Joe” Stalin.

    But on to this movie. Do you not get that half the country wants kids movies to be about children’s themes and not prostletyze a gay agenda to a 7 year old?

    You people are just left wing loons and you deserve the mockery you get. Why not show polyamory in a kid’s movie too? Bisexuality? Transsexuals? Why can’t kids just be kids and not have a sexual identity agenda shoved down their throats at 7? IT’S A KID’S MOVIE. You all sound like a bunch of… I’ll restrain from saying it, but presenting sexual orientation issues to primary schoolers to promote your enlightened social agenda is creep factor to the tenth degree.

    • Nick says:

      Well said.

    • eddie willers says:

      “Do you not get that half the country wants kids movies to be about children’s themes and not proselytize a gay agenda to a 7 year old?”

      Can not be said often enough.

      Plus the sheer stupidity. All the money spent on a top shelf recreation of a beloved tale and then toss in a short, ineffectual theme that does nothing but threatens loss of millions of dollars for…what?

      • CoreValue says:

        I agree with your post, but FAR more than half the country is against the gay agenda being forced on kids.

  18. People who do evil to the gay or others I defend will see God’s light as the fires of Hell not being able to extinguish that fire.

  19. Alex says:

    So if this thing bombs (and the critics don’t like it) the LGBTQ crowd will blame Trump?

  20. Gray Zip says:

    Google left China rather than conform to laws that went too far against it’s leaders’ beliefs. Hollywood, similarly tested, created the blacklist

    • tlsnyder42 says:

      Before the infamous “blacklist,” the Holly Left, including Dalton Trumbo, had a blacklist of their own against people who didn’t tow the Stalinist line coming from Moscow, which had indeed infiltrated Hollywood and the American government.

  21. Nanny Mo says:

    Russia has laws. Disney should edit a version for them and let us have a different version, You can’t make the whole world obey your rules and do things your way. That’s why sovereignty and borders matter. Just think if the Russian elite ruled the world, we’d have no gay themed children’s show here either. Move on, live your life, let it go.

  22. Michael Anthony says:

    Hollywood shoukd take a united stand and refuse to release any US made films in Russia. Of course, they’ll never kiss milli9ns of dollars away, but it would put pressure on Russia, where US films dominate the box office.

  23. Christopher says:

    I am so sick of “tolerating” straight people and their militant ignorance about this subject. Straight men (along with organized religions) have been responsible for most of the world’s tragedies since time began, yet gay people are supposed to feel inferior by comparison. And in terms of propagandizing for children, it’s not necessary. Thank goodness straight people–even homophobes–produce gay children all the time. For that I’m grateful.

    • tlsnyder42 says:

      Actually, the biggest mass murderers in history have been atheists, socialists and big government, followed by Muslims. God warns the Israelites in 1 Samuel 8:1-20 that big gov’t, high taxes and a military draft are signs of tyranny and will lead to slavery and destruction. Guess what? That’s exactly what happened eventually to Ancient Israel when Jerusalem was destroyed and the Jewish people were taken into captivity and slavery by the Babylonians.

    • Felicia Hardy says:

      Hey dopey,

      Straight men are also the reason you’re here and created most of the technological advances we enjoy today. Stupid post. Try to be better and don’t inflict your sexual orientation awareness agenda on 6 and 7 year olds. It’s creepy.

    • Harkinian's Dinner says:

      This comment seems woefully intolerant towards a large group of people and makes sweeping, derogatory generalizations. Just pointing that out.

      • tlsnyder42 says:

        Well, it is true that more teenagers are experimenting with homosexuality because of the LGBTSXWYZblahblahblah movement. Laws against sin do help decrease the sin that is targeted.

  24. cadavra says:

    Not Disney’s first gay character. How about Chip ‘n’ Dale? They were always playing with each other’s nuts. Ba-DUM-Bum!

  25. SPIKE says:

    iT’S BEEN COMMON KNOWLEDGE FOR YEARS THAT DISNEY HAS BEEN FULL OF HOMOSEXUALS. (ABOUT A THIRD OF THE STAFF, IN FACT). WHAT ELSE IS NEW? SO NO ONE SHOULD BE SURPRISED ABOUT A GAY CHARACTER IN A DISNEY MOVIE. AS TO RUSSIA, AT LEAST THEY’RE NOT AS DECADENT A SOCIETY AS AMERICA IS. IF RUSSIA DOESN’T LIKE GAYS IN THEIR MOVIES THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO NOT TO EXHIBIT THE FILM.

    SOMEBODY WANTS TO BE GAY, THAT’S THEIR BUSINESS. BUT DON’T FORCE ON IT EVERYONE ELSE THRU THE MOVIES, OR GAY PARADES OR GAY TV SHOWS. I’M SICK OF IT.

    • Carlito's Way says:

      You can come out of the closet at any time, Spike. It’s a free country. People who get so enflamed by homosexuality are always afraid of their own homosexual tendencies. Always. I.e.,

      Methinks you doth protest too much.

      • tlsnyder42 says:

        Maybe you’re a closeted “homophobe.” Maybe “homophobes” are also “born that way.” Or, maybe you are the one who is wrong and misguided. Your argument is logically flawed.

    • Steve says:

      OK. First Amendment. You can’t be arrested for making that post. I support that 100%. And now, I have the right to say that you’re being entirely ridiculous. Ain’t America great?

  26. Don’t reject the gay. Their heart is pure. Reject that pure heart reject Jesus. Do you understand the consequences of that?

  27. Ariel Casanova says:

    Ground-breaking?! More like society-breaking. What a disgusting load of rot.
    I planned on watching this film.

    • Michael Anthony says:

      Disgusting? You haven’t even seen the film, but make your mind up based on reports. Don’t you have a mind of your own? I pity people who dismiss minorities based on nothing but prejudice. Pure hatred. Putin would love you.

      • Ariel Casanova says:

        I don’t have to polute my mind with perverse propaganda in order to determine a movie’s worth. I do have a mind of my own, and I’d be honoured if you regarded my judgement with higher esteem. While it is very politically incorrect, I happen to hold to a set of morals which provide a standard for living.
        Putin is an interesting man. I don’t know whether he is a good person or not, but banning Beauty and the Beast would have been entirely justified, had he done so.

      • Felicia Hardy says:

        Hey Michael, at best Josh Gad is playing an over the top gay stereotype to the nth degree. Clips of it are everywhere. Gays should be offended, not just parents of young children who planned to take their kids to see the film.

  28. Cass says:

    Russia and Alabama want to ban it. Peas in a pod.

  29. Jamie Crane says:

    Well this escalated quickly…all this drama over a subtly gay supporting character…sigh

    • tlsnyder42 says:

      Maybe it’s not so “subtle.” That comment re subtlety comes from the director who decided to insert such content into his movie. You’re taking him for his word, which may be wrong.

    • Felicia Hardy says:

      “Subtly?” What are you smoking? Josh Gad’s performance makes Richard Simmons seem tame.

  30. Loving kind people who seek peace ensuing it being meek and lowly not wanting conflict are evil people? People seem to like violent unfriendly liars. People against the gay will praise them.

  31. Felicia Hardy says:

    Time for your meds.

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