Magazine article Screen International

'Beauty and the Beast' Gets Adult-Only Rating in Russia

Magazine article Screen International

'Beauty and the Beast' Gets Adult-Only Rating in Russia

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Viewers under the age of 16 won't be able to watch Disney's Beauty And The Beast after the film was given an adult rating by the Russian ministry of culture, according to a report on Russian film service kinopoisk.

The Russian Ministry of Culture has subsequently confirmed the rating to Screen.

The adult rating for the film follows a recent interview given by director Bill Condon in which he revealed that Josh Gad's character LeFou is involved in a "gay moment" in the film:

"LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston," he said.

"He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realizing that he has these feelings. It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie."

Russian MP Vitaly Milonov in turn demanded that the film was checked for so-called homosexual propaganda.

He said: "In this situation, society cannot look on silently at what movie distributors are offering under the guise of a children's tale - the obvious, barefaced, unscrupulous propaganda of sin and perverted sexual relations. …

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