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'Beauty and the Beast'DisneyThe Russian government has barred children under 16 from seeing the new version of Beauty and the Beast because it has a gay character. Russian law bars what it calls gay propaganda aimed at minors.

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  • Dallas H.||

    If they're worried about exposure to homosexuality, shouldn't they just preemptively ban them from EVERY musical?

  • Dallas H.||

    (Spoken as a straight guy that loves (and performs in many) musicals).

  • Radioactive||

    yup, you're gay...

  • Fuck you, Shikha (Nunya)||

    +1

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    A movie theater in Alabama announced last week that it would not screen "Beauty and the Beast" because of the inclusion of a gay character. "If I can't sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me, then we have no business showing it," a statement on the theater's Facebook page read.

    What Would Jesus Boo?

  • CooterBrown||

    What a jack ass. It's his theater and he can show whatever he wants, but if he's gonna stand by that logic he needs to only be running Veggie Tales, God's Not Dead, and God's Not Dead 2.

  • Bubba Jones||

    Maybe he is.

  • Radioactive||

    or maybe he's in a persisted vegetative state?

  • Mickey Rat||

    You have social signalung count Eric ing the social signaling of the director and actor, who are inordinately proud of msking the antagonist's toady gay.

  • JeremyR||

    Well, it is gay propaganda aimed at minors.

    However, if that bothers you, just don't go see it.

  • Bubba Jones||

    You won't be able to make that decision unless someone first complains about it. Because you won't know to expect it.

  • Trigger Hippie||

    "Russian law bars what it calls gay propaganda aimed at minors."

    Then how do they explain their paratrooper's uniforms?

  • Radioactive||

    are those the one's with the pink tutu's?

  • Trigger Hippie||

  • Radioactive||

    soooooo gay, even if they're not wearing pink!

  • Princess Trigger||

    Time for the Russian Paratrooper Song!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rAHrHd2lcw

  • Trigger Hippie||

    Manly. Ooooohhhh sooooo manly.

  • Inigo Montoya||

    You know who else issued propaganda aimed at minors?

  • Trigger Hippie||

    Whitesnake?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The coal industry.

  • Libertarian||

    "At" minors, or "by" minors?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW9b0xr06qA

  • Inigo Montoya||

    I was thinking Fred Rogers, but all the other answers are good. Also, Hitler did, I believe.

  • SRVolunteer||

    Minors or miners?

    http://i.imgur.com/tkjBh3p.jpg

  • Radioactive||

    both and mina's (those damned long beaked birds)

  • Libertarian||

    Is this the same Russia that's home to the Bolshoi ballet?

  • Griffin3||

    "Conscience of a Liberal"?

  • Jgalt1975||

    Lena Dunham's blog?

  • CooterBrown||

    Hmmm, having trouble coming up with a "In mother Russia" joke. Little help?

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Saudi Arabia almost banned Beauty and the Beast for having a gay character, but decide that it was redeemed by the positive portrayal of beastiality and old man - pubescent girl sex.

  • Griffin3||

    In America, watching movie makes you gay.
    In Soviet Russia, gay movie makes you watch.

  • Inigo Montoya||

    The Russian culture ministry completely missed the fact that the character's name translates from French as "The Crazy One." It may be propaganda, but it doesn't seem very pro-gay.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    The weird thing is the character in question is one of the villains and is portrayed as specifically participating in murders due to his attractions to one of the other villains.

    To the extent that its propaganda, I'd argue it's actually anti-gay propaganda.

  • Agammamon||

    If it has a gay character, how would you know? Do the gays go around with a special mark visible?

    Oh, wait - he's *camp* isn't he?

  • Radioactive||

    the "visible" marks will be provided later, likely a cloth thing-a-ma-bob that can be pinned to the outer clothing...kinda like a star or something like that...

  • Jgalt1975||

    I believe I saw an article saying that they changed a couple lines of one of the character's songs. (I've never seen either the animated or live action versions of the movie, but the people I've heard discussing it have said the character was actually pretty camp in the animated version too, such that the change for live action is more in the subtext-becomes-text category of things, rather than a major change.)

  • pan fried wylie||

    oh, the candelabra?

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