Newswire: Russian MP wants to investigate Beauty And The Beast for “gay propaganda”

When director Bill Condon mentioned in passing that his upcoming Beauty And The Beast would touch, very briefly, on the sexuality of Josh Gad’s character—Gaston-admiring crony LeFou—he probably wasn’t expecting to unite Russian politicians and Alabama-based theater owners in common homophobic cause. But, as reported by Variety, Russian MPs are now calling for the upcoming Disney film to be potentially banned from the country on the grounds that it might be “gay propaganda.”

That’s per Vitaly Milonov, a Russian member of parliament who’s been a vocal proponent of the country’s laws banning “homosexual propaganda” from being broadcast where children might see it. Milonov has demanded that the Russian government hold a screening of the film before the release (scheduled for March 17 in the U.S.), in order to determine whether the film’s brazen acknowledgement of the existence of gayness might possibly …

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