Earlier this month it was reported that Russia placed a strict rating on Disney's new "Beauty and the Beast" because it includes a brief moment with a gay character. Now the country's government is seemingly doubling down on their controversial "homosexual propaganda" law, giving the new "Power Rangers" movie an 18+ rating after it was revealed one its stars is LGBTQ.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, WDSSPR, the Russian distributor of "Power Rangers," said last week the restriction for the film has changed from 16+ to 18+, which means viewers who are 18 years old or older can see the action movie.
Officials from the distributor did not give an explanation as to why the harsher rating was applied, but the move came after it was revealed actress Becky G would play a superhero who is LGBTQ. The decision also comes after lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, who wrote the "homosexual propaganda" law, took aim at "Power Rangers," urging it to be banned in Russia, THR notes.
Milonov expressed his outrage of the film while on the conservative TV network Tsargrad.
"If fascist ideology is banned in our country, then [movies by] the likes of Dean Israelite should be banned first thing," he reportedly said.
Fellow lawmaker, Alexei Zhuravlev, also criticized the Culture Ministry for allowing "Power Rangers" to be screened in Russia.
"Some officials [at the Culture Ministry] don't want to observe laws adopted by the State Duma [lower chamber of Russian Parliament], specifically the law banning gay propaganda among minors," he told Tsargrad, according to THR.
Milonov was also behind the Culture Ministry to put a stricter rating on "Beauty and the Beast" this month.
THR called the opening night box-office performance for "Power Rangers" "lackluster" as it reportedly only grossed 7 million rubles ($121,000).