‘Beauty and the Beast’: Russia Bars Children Under 16 From Seeing Film Over Gay Character

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Children in Russia will be barred from watching Disney’s live-action movie “Beauty and the Beast” due to its inclusion of a gay character. Russia’s culture minister Vladimir Medinsky has imposed a 16+ rating on the film after it was alleged that the film contravened the country’s law prohibiting “gay propaganda” aimed at minors. The rating is now prominently displayed on Disney’s Russian website.

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, had urged Medinsky to view the movie before its March 16 release to check if it complied with the law, and to ban it if he found “elements of propaganda of homosexuality,” the BBC reported Saturday.

Gad’s character has sparked controversy in the U.S. as well. A movie theater in Alabama announced last 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. Anonymous says:

    Just Because you! ( Hillary Clinton groupies aka Snowflakes) have no mortals . don’t try to speak for us that try and uphold them. Walt would be turning over in his grave for this is not the Legacy he left.

  2. PS says:

    “If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me, then we have no business showing it,”

    LOL, those bible thumpers are so f-ing pathetic. Because the imaginary fairytale man in the sky, supposedly, is not sitting by them (doesn’t he have something better to do anyway, than to sit next to every fool on this earth), they can’t watch a damn movie? If reports are to be believed, God or Jesus or whoever loves everyone. Including people who are gay, even though some selfrightous asses think they know it all.

  3. Phillip Ayling says:

    “(Bill) Condon told Attitude magazine that LeFou’s role is groundbreaking.
    No matter what some would wish, not all societies ‘break ground’ at the same time.

  4. On course says:

    Russians continue to look out for the best interest of their children and their nation, while America disintegrates into a perilous position becoming a nation of compromising morals, moral ambiguity, and outright defiant wickedness, whereas it use to be a nation that knew right from wrong. America, in the last 8 years, became a Godforsaken land.

    • PS says:

      Right. Because children turn gay because of watching other gay people. The only thing the russians do is make a situation worse as it already is, by making gay children feel ashamed of themselves and give them the feeling that something is wrong with them. Not sure if that is commendable.

    • Steve says:

      So being gay or pro-gay is immoral, but murdering journalists, running a corrupt kleptocracy, and screwing with other countries’ elections is just fine. Got it.

  5. Chris says:

    Not surprised it’s a backward ass country where you can beat your wife legally. Love if love it doesn’t matter what genders it’s between there needs to be more and all love needs to be celebrated.

  6. Don’t do that. Homosexuals have tender loving hearts. Don’t make tender loving people seem to be bad. Allow them to see the movie.

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