Beauty and the Beast movie could be banned in Russia over gay character

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A Russian politician wants the Disney remake of Beauty and the Beast to be banned across the country, claiming it breaches its law against "gay propaganda".

According to the BBC, one Russian MP described the film as "shamless propaganda of sin", while the Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said a decision will be made after Russian officials view the movie. 

The movie has been praised for it's "gay moment", where the character of LeFou, played by Josh Gad, tries to come to terms with his feelings for his male sidekick Gaston. 

The BBC reports that a "Russian law prohibits the spreading of "gay propaganda" among minors", which a 2013 legislation describes homosexuality  as "non-traditional sexual relations". 

A Russian actor has also spoken out against the film, saying that he will not be taking his children to see the film if it's allowed to be screened. 

The film tells the fairy tale of a monstrous beast and a young woman, played by Emma Watson, who fall in love. 

The cast includes Ewan McGregor, Dan Stevens, Luke Ecans and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

It is due to hit New Zealand cinemas on the 30th of March. 

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