PR stunt: There's no 'openly gay' character in Beauty and the Beast

Posted March 10, 2017

Whatever the future holds for making LGBTQ characters and their orientation a more important and open part of Disney films, Beauty and the Beast will open the door on March 17.

Milonov petitioned the Russian Ministry of Culture to ban the film, which he has not seen. "Our common task is to stop this music film from being shown on screens one way or another", he added. "The minimum age is 16+".

In a letter to Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, State Duma deputy Vitaly Milonov said that the film violates a Russian law which prohibits the promotion of "gay propaganda" to minors, Russian news outlet Ria Novosti reported. Milonov called it "a blatant, shameless propaganda of sin and perverted sexual relationships".

"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 unsafe phenomena", it said.

Disney's classic tale of "Beauty and the Beast" has an empowering message that true beauty comes from within.

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The film's director ignited the controversy last week by disclosing in an interview that the Le Fou character would exhibit same-sex attraction toward the character of Gaston.

It involves LeFou, played by USA actor Josh Gad, who is a sidekick of the film's main antagonist Gaston. He then mentioned a payoff in the end that he didn't want to give away, "But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie". "And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it". The country removed homosexuality from a list of psychiatric disorders in 1999.

Giving minors information about homosexuality has been illegal in Russian Federation since 2013, : a law authored by Milonov, and homosexuality was only dropped from a list of psychiatric disorders in 1999.

In Alabama, a drive-in movie theater said it would not be showing the film as planned because of the scene.

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