Russia, the place with the church that looks like if pride week was a building, has a really big problem with the “exclusively gay moment” in the live action Beauty and the Beast. But unlike the Alabama drive-in theater, they’re not trying to prevent everyone from seeing it, which is a different than what was previously reported. Russia just doesn’t want anyone under 16 to see Josh Gad’s LeFou get mildy horny for Luke Evans’ Gaston.
The Russian Culture Ministry gave a statement about the situation to the Associated Press (via NBC), explaining that they received a petition from an ultraconservative lawmaker asking for BatB to be banned due to the film’s “overt and shameless propaganda of sin and sexual perversion under the guise of a fairy tale.” The Ministry isn’t banning the movie, but they have decided to slap it with a 16-plus rating. So in Russia, the only people allowed into a theater showing a Disney Princess movie will be older teenagers and adults. Yeah, that’s not completely weird.
Oh Russia – LeFou isn’t even the gayest part about the movie. LeFou could be replaced with an aggressively hetero sidekick named LeHank who spends the whole movie trying to bang the Bimbettes. But you’d still have the talking closet, the clock with the John Waters mustache, the song about entertaining with flair, and that part where a ripped hunk gets into a rassling match with a furry ripped hunk.
Honestly, if there’s anything in BatB that qualifies as propaganda, it’s Chip’s dead eyes. I refuse to let Disney brainwash me into thinking that’s not 100% creepy.
As a gay man, I can tell you this – a “gay part” can NEVER be “overblown.” Read into that what you will. Pervs. Homophobic Alabama drive-in owners, press pause! There’s a possibility you can show the live-action Beauty and the Beast at your Jesus-certified-and-approved parking lot with pretensions after all! Apparently, the homosessuality might be low-key enough to pass muster.
The owners of a North Alabama drive-in posted on their business’ Facebook page that motorists looking to see that live-action Beauty and the Beast mess at their establishment can keep right on driving. They won’t be showing the film due to the promised “exclusively gay moment” in which LeFou, played by Josh Gad, realizes he wants to hump on Gaston, coincidentally enough played by openly gay Luke Evans. Oh, no. Not at their trash-strewn parking lot with audio-visual capabilities!
Nearly every Disney fairy tale movie is one long “exclusively gay moment” and that’s why I love many of them, but what I mean by that headline is that the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie has a gay character in it. And that gay character gets the swoons over another character. Unfortunately, the movie doesn’t end with the curse not being broken because Belle is really a lesbian objectophile who runs off with the hot feather duster instead of getting with The Beast. A different character is gay. (Side note – When I die, please make sure my tombstone reads: He lived every exclusively gay moment like it was exclusively his last)