Beauty and the Beast: why is it being banned?


Sarah Spitzer

Beauty and the Beast is a classic fairy tale that was originally published in 1740 and written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. This fairytale then became a Disney original movie in 1991. This film was an insanely popular movie among  kids and families. Recently, Beauty and the Beast, an adaption of the Disney fairy tale was released, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.
Lumiere, the Beast’s charismatic bouteiller who was transformed into a candelabra, is featured as a gay character in the film. Throughout the story, Lumiere shows he has a crush on his best friend, Gaston. The issue is found during one scene when Lumiere is having a romantic fascination for Gaston and it is seen as a gay moment.
However, the new live-action film has been banned in Russia, which was urged by  Russian lawmaker Vitaly Milonov. Milonov sent a detailed complaint to the Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky and claimed that the movie should not be shown in Russia because of the “elements of propaganda of homosexualality.”
Senior Cassidy Hoose saw the movie and absolutely loved it.
“I don’t think Beauty and the Beast should be banned. It is a very popular Disney movie that many families grew up with and love, why should one character change that?” Hoose said.
For those who aren’t aware, Russia’s government had passed a legislation in 2013 prohibiting the spreading of “gay propaganda” among minors. This law is taken very seriously by Russians and since this movie was released, it has created a huge controversy.
Not only was the movie banned in Russia, but it was also banned in Kuwait and Alabama. In Kuwait, censors have pulled the film from all of the movie theatres and in a corner of Alabama, a drive-in theater has banned the movie. Rather than getting to enjoy the entire movie, some people are barred from the movie because homophobia is still so prevalent today.