Saturday, 19 August, 2017

Russian Federation gives 'Beauty and the Beast' remake 16+ rating over 'gay moment'

Disney Beauty and the Beast Beauty & The Beast Still Disney design by Anne Meadows
Elaine Woods | 10 March, 2017, 00:48

"Beauty and the Beast" opens in 4,000 theaters nationwide on March 17.

According to the Associated Press, the Russian Culture Ministry placed the restrictive rating on the film after lawmaker Vitaly Milonov had petitioned for the film to be banned outright in the country. Gad was quick to silence anti-gay haters, who have been vocal about taking issue with the moment, saying the "film is one of inclusiveness". "The minimum age is 16+".

"I'm convinced that the main task of the state regarding children is the protection of childhood and youth from the dirt of the world, preserving children's purity, guard our children from the harmful and risky phenomena", it said.

It also describes homosexuality as "non-traditional sexual relations".

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"LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston", he said. And that's what has its pay-off at the end, which I don't want to give away.

Condon also praised actor Josh Gad's embodiment of Le Fou's same-sex attraction, saying Gad "makes something really subtle and delicious out of it".

A Russian politician asks the minister of culture to ban Beauty and the Beast for promoting "gay propaganda".

"Although a theater in Alabama has refused to screen the movie after the Lefou revelation, and Russian Federation gave the film its most restrictive rating after speculation that it would outright ban it, Gad still urged that "this film is one of inclusiveness", and 'has something to offer everyone".

Beauty and the Beast is on track to make $120m on its opening weekend in the United States alone.

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