Just in case you weren't already tired of hearing backlash regarding “Beauty and the Beast” director Bill Condon's announcement the film features an “exclusively gay moment,” Russia is getting in on the fun!
Prior to the film's release, Condon teased the moment, which turned out to be (TEENY SPOILER), in the words of my editor Kelli, “like three seconds” of Le Fou (played by Josh Gad) dancing with another man who, earlier in the film, expresses interest in dressing in women's clothing.
Now, Russia is using these three cinematic seconds to remind the rest of the world how much it still deserves to be caricatured as the villain in every action movie ever.
The Russian government is considering a ban on “Beauty and the Beast” in an effort to prevent the spread of “gay propaganda,” according to the BBC.
The best thing to come out of the anti-gay "BATB" outrage thus far is a headline from The Chaser that read, “Outrage At Inclusion Of Gay Character In Film About Woman-Buffalo Romance.”
The second best response came from Condon himself. He told Screen Crush,
Oh God. Can I just tell you? It's all been overblown. Because it's just this, it's part of just what we had fun with. You saw the movie, yeah? You know what I mean. I feel like the kind of thing has been, I wish it were – I love the way it plays pure when people don't know and it comes as a nice surprise… Why is it a big deal?
Gay representation in media is a big deal, but not for its ability to make the entire country of Russia super gay.
In fact, the Russian government's fear it has created a society wherein any of its citizens feel horny for anything is perhaps the most absurd concern of all time.
Of. All. Time.