Russia wants nothing to do with LGBTQ+ inclusive content targeted at kids. The country gave Lionsgate’s Saban’s Power Rangers an 18+ rating.
The new Power Rangers movie has been created to appeal to viewers of all ages. It plays the nostalgia card for people who grew up watching The Mighty Morphin series and serves as a reboot for the younger generation.
While there haven’t been openly queer characters in the franchise’s numerous TV series, the new film changed that with making the Yellow Ranger queer. Trini is played by Becky G (Rebbeca Marie Gomez), and although the film gives an implicit nod to her sexuality, most viewers might not register it as something worthwhile. However, Russia isn’t taking any risks, especially where kids are involved because, according to the government, they must be protected at all costs from the gay agenda. The film previously received a 16+ rating but it was later changed to 18+.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast also faced some backlash from Russia. Emma Watson’s film received a 16+ rating in Russia. Obviously, making jokes at the expense of a minor gay character is okay but when it’s a main character, the entire content becomes 18+.
But it’s not only films and other live-action media: Russia has strict responses towards LGBTQ+ inclusive video games too.
In contrast, while Pakistan isn’t the most queer-friendly country, our censor boards are a bit more lenient. Halle Berry’s Cloud Atlas was shown without removing a single queer scene. The same holds true for Beauty and the Beast which ended up feeling quite familiar to the country’s general public. And there are no talks about banning or censoring scenes in Power Rangers either.
Power Rangers was released in the U.S. on 24th March. If successful, Saban is looking forward to making at least six films.
Have you watched Power Rangers yet? What did you think of it? Let us know.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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