Russian Lawmaker Wants to Ban Beauty and the Beast Because …

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Beauty and the Beast is released in United Kingdom cinemas on 17th March 2017 and the song is available to download and stream now.

Russia's Culture Ministry announced Monday it would not ban the film, but would block it from reaching its intended audience of children. "The minimum age is 16+".

Last week, Vitaly Milonov, an MP of the governing United Russia party, urged Mr Medinsky to hold a screening of the film ahead of its release to see if it complied with the law and to "take measures to totally ban" it if he found "elements of propaganda of homosexuality". "And in this case, our shared task is to not allow the release of this musical on the screen under any guise".

Tell Disney "NO" to the LGBT agenda in Beauty and the Beast.

Last week, Variety touted the news, including an excerpt from the film's director, Bill Condon.

The film itself also backs that up through Luke Evans' Gaston, regardless of whether Lefou has unrequited love for him or not, as Gad points out how Gaston "uses his charm offensive to whip other people into a frenzy to go and attack somebody they've never met" only because Gaston says that it "represents a danger". 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".

Josh Gad does damage control in an interview with People, describing LeFou's gay scene as "subtle but incredibly effective", and emphasizing the film's general "inclusiveness".

During the initial furor over the announcement, Gad tweeted, "Beyond proud of this".

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

The complaint, seen by state-owned Ria Novosti news agency, said the movie shouldn't be shown in Russian Federation if the ministry found "elements of propaganda of homosexuality".

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