Russian Federation gives Beauty and the Beast adults-only rating over gay character

The World Premiere Of Disney's Live Action 'Beauty And The Beast'

Director Bill Condon talked to Attitude magazine last week about his decision to have an "exclusively gay moment" in the film.

With the new live-action "Beauty and the Beast" starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens opening in theaters next week, Disney has released the music video for the movie's theme song, performed by John Legend and Ariana Grande.

"As soon as we get a copy of the film with relevant paperwork for distribution", Medinsky told the BBC, "we will consider it according to the law".

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's confused about what he wants".

Milonov said the film and the character represent "overt and shameless propaganda of sin and sexual perversion under the guise of a fairy tale". It's somebody who's just realising that he has these feelings. And that's what has its pay-off at the end, which I don't want to give away.




Jesse Tyler Ferguson appeared on Conan Monday night and weighed in on the controversy surrounding the fact that Beauty And The Beast will introduce Disney's first openly gay character.

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".

After his original comments made worldwide headlines, Condon told ScreenCrush in a follow-up interview that the controversy surrounding the film's gay content is "overblown". "So that's what I hope people take from it".

The Ministry of Culture has not yet issued a ruling for the film, set to be released in Russia March 16.

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