Russian Disney fans under the age of 16 won’t be able to see Disney’s new live-action “Beauty & The Beast” film because of a brief gay scene.
Russia’s Culture Ministry officials told the Associated Press they’d given the film a 16+ rating – which is of course being marketed as a family-friendly movie everywhere else in the world – after news broke it will feature Disney’s first gay character.
Actor Josh Gad’s character LeFou (pictured, left) in shown in the film realising he has feelings for the villainous but hunky Gaston, played by Luke Evans (pictured, right). Harry Potter alum Emma Watson also stars in the movie as Belle.
Russian politician Vitaly Milonov had said the country should go further, petitioning Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky to ban the film entirely because it contains “overt and shameless propaganda of sin and sexual perversion under the guise of a fairy tale” and therefore violates the country’s homophobic “gay propaganda” law.
The film’s director Bill Condon previously confirmed to Attitude Magazine that LeFou is gay.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants, he explained.
“It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
The film will be released in Australian cinemas on March 23.
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