Beauty and the Beast: Russia considers ban over ‘gay moment’

The movie's trailer had almost 130 million views in 24 hours

The movie’s trailer had almost 130 million views in 24 hours

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”.

One MP described it as “shameless propaganda of sin” and Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said action would be taken after the checks.

The live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast features Disney’s first ever gay character and love scene.

A Russian law prohibits the spreading of “gay propaganda” among minors.

The 2013 legislation, which angered human rights activists and the international gay community, suggests that homosexuality – described as “non-traditional sexual relations” – is alien to life in Russia.

Many homophobic attacks have been documented in Russia.

Director Bill Condon has spoken of an “exclusively gay moment” in Beauty and the Beast.

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