Russia allowed Beauty and the Beast for 16+ only

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The Disney movie adaptation was allowed by the Russian government to be screened, whereas the age limits were provided as it was announced that there would be gay characters. The country’s film censorship board acted today, upping the film’s age rating for the adults not to violate Russian laws against ‘gay propaganda’.This makes the film the highest-rated Disney princess movie ever released in the region. Russia’s Culture Ministry confirmed to AP that it had granted a screening license to the film with a 16-plus age restriction. Ahead of the upcoming live-action Disney remake, director Bill Condon revealed to Attitude Magazine to reveal that villain Gaston’s sidekick LeFou will be gay. He said the character, played by Josh Gad, “is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston…. he’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings. Condon teased a “nice, exclusively gay moment” for LeFou, adding that “Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it”.

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