Russian Federation bans under-16s from watching gay character Disney movie

Disney's new live-action Beauty And The Beast has been given an adults-only rating in Russian Federation, after news of the film's gay subplot provoked outrage in the country.

Vyacheslav Telnov, head of the Culture Ministry's film unit, told KinoPoisk.ru (via Deadline), "We will issue the film distribution license without any problems".

Bottom line: if you're okay with the basic premise of remaking, recasting, and repurposing one of the most beloved films in Disney history, in all likelihood you're going to enjoy the new "Beauty and the Beast".

Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon has said the character LeFou has an "exclusively gay moment" in the film, CNN reports.

Luke Evans, the actor who plays Gaston, also spoke out about the controversy surrounding the film, and said that the movie's message is "about never judging a book by its cover". He's confused about what the wants.

Unfortunately, LeFou's change in sexuality sparked backlash online, with many encouraging people to boycott the film.

The song will be the theme song in the upcoming release of Beauty And The Beast, which is due to hit cinemas on March 17.

First, if one is concerned that this film's "exclusively gay moment" will serve as homosexual propaganda, one should probably note that the exclusively gay character is a villain's henchmen, and also that his name literally means "the fool". In a letter released by the RIA Novosti news agency on Saturday, Milonov protested that the film disseminates "overt and shameless propaganda of sin and sexual perversion under the guise of a fairy tale". And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it.

"And in a very Disney way, we are including everybody", he continued.

At a press conference in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday, he said: "I talked before about how we translate this into live-action".

"It's an incredible moment and it's subtle, but I think it's effective". "Oh, god. Can I just tell you?"

  • Salvatore Jensen