The Russian government may administer a nationwide ban on Disney‘s new Beauty and the Beast film. Allegedly, the new film includes an “exclusively gay moment” that is not welcome in Russia, given that the country has strict laws against “gay propaganda.”
The BBC reports that Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky and other country officials are now under pressure to decide whether or not the film should be banned. Film director Bill Condon has been calling an “exclusively gay moment” in the film, where the character LeFou (played by Josh Gad) attempts to come to terms with his feelings for the film’s main antagonist, Gaston.
The film is due to be released in Russia on March 16, unless something changes. A member of parliament named Vitaly Milonov from the United Russia party that governs the country has been urging the nation’s culture minister to allow the film to screen before it is released, in order to see it if complies with the law.
According to the BBC, Milinov said that Russia should “take measures to totally ban” the film if the culture minister finds those “elements of propaganda of homosexuality.”
Socialites, do you think Russia will ban the new movie?