One American movie theater refuses to show “Beauty and the Beast”; the whole of Russia might follow

Photo: Anthony Moretti 27Sept2015

Photo: Anthony Moretti 27Sept2015

The information comes from today’s Morning Media Newsfeed, which is produced by AdWeek:

Russian officials are coming under pressure to check if Disney’s new film Beauty And The Beast breaches the country’s law against “gay propaganda.” Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said action would be taken after the checks while an MP described the film as “shameless propaganda of sin.” (BBC News)

The film, which features a gay character (LeFou) played by Josh Gad, may breach a Russian law prohibiting homosexual propaganda directed toward minors. Director Bill Condon previously revealed to Attitude that the live-action adaptation has “a nice, exclusively gay moment” between LeFou and Gaston (played by Luke Evans). (THR)

Vitaly Milonov, an MP of the United Russia party, has reportedly asked Medinsky to review the film and “take measures to totally ban” it if it contains “elements of propaganda of homosexuality.” “As soon as we get a copy of the film with relevant paperwork for distribution, we will consider it according to the law,” Medinsky said. The Disney film is set for a March 16 release in Russia. (Deadline)

The Henagar Drive-In Theatre in DeKalb County in Alabama has canceled its screenings of Beauty And The Beast because the film will feature Disney’s first openly gay character. The company acknowledged that their actions may be controversial, but concluded “that’s fine.” (Variety)

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