Russia Warns Disney About Showing This Gay Film

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday May 29, 2021
Originally published on May 29, 2021

A still from the trailer for the Sparkshorts film "Out," streaming May 22 at Disney+
A still from the trailer for the Sparkshorts film "Out," streaming May 22 at Disney+  (Source:Screen cap / Disney / Instagram)

Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor warned Walt Disney Co. on Friday not to distribute the short film, "Out," featuring a gay main character.

As reported the by Reuters, the agency told Disney that releasing the film in Russia would be "distributing content it said was harmful to children in Russia."

"Roskomnadzor said it had sent a letter to Disney noting that it was against Russian law to distribute information which 'denies family values and promotes non-traditional sexual relationships' to children," Reuters reports.

Released in the U.S. last year, "Out" follows a young gay men, not out to his parents, who unexpectedly has his mind switched with his dog's.

Disney so far has not responded to the warning, but the actions by Roskomnadzor compound Russia's anti-LGBTQ policies.

Same-sex relationships are legal in the country, but laws prohibit "propaganda on non-traditional sexual relations," which can be interpreted in many ways.

Russia has infamously refused to intervene as Chechen militia leader Ramzan Kadyrov continues attempts to violently erase the existence of LGBTQ people in the country.

According to Reuters, a Russian prosecutor recently called for the banning of advertisements in Russia on Instagram that show same-sex couples kissing from Dolce & Gabbana.