Well, it looks like Russia has heard that the live-action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast
will feature, in the most subtle of ways, a gay character. The country's politicians are saying "hell nyet!"
But rather than banning the movie for violating Russia's laws about promoting homosexuality in a positive way, the country declared seeing the movie was now an adults-only event.
Last week, Disney revealed that Gaston’s manservant, LeFou, is attracted to his boss.
Vitaly Milonov, a member of the State Duma and the man behind the anti-gay law, demanded the Russian government study the movie and determine if it violated any laws.
In a letter to the Duma's Minister of Culture, he accused the film of "overt and shameless propaganda of sin and sexual perversion under the guise of a fairy tale."
The culture ministry replied with an official decree: "We are issuing an exhibition license to the movie without any problems. [But] the age restriction will be 16+."
Of course, silliness knows no borders. On Friday, a drive-in in Alabama dropped all planned screenings of the movie.
"If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it," the owners wrote on Facebook. "I know there will be some that do not agree with this decision. That’s fine. We are first and foremost Christians. We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches."
Hooking up with a beast is okay; crushing on another dude is evil. Yeah, that makes perfect sense.