Russia certainly has been grabbing headlines lately — and you can add this one to the stack.
The country’s “culture minister,” Vladimir Medinsky, has imposed a 16-and-older rating on Disney’s live-action movie “Beauty and the Beast” after it was noted to have gone against the Russia’s own law, which prohibits “gay propaganda” aimed at minors.
This very rating is now featured 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.
“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.
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.
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