Far-right GOPers are losing it over this new teen romance film
Far-right Republicans are expressing outrage over the impending release of a new film depicting a romantic relationship between teenage boys. According to The Daily Beast, Khachatur Vasilian —the 29-year-old Ukrainian director of the film My Young Prince— has received threats over the production of the film.
The film, which is set to be released in 2023, will reportedly be the first to include an onscreen depiction of "men making love." As a result of the imagery in the film, Vasilian's life has been threatened.
Speaking to The Beast, he detailed the reactions he faced during the presentation of the film. "While people around me were enjoying the presentation of our new movie about a 17-year-old Ukrainian man, who is lost in inner immigration, I was reading awful threats on my phone," Vasilian said during the interview.
The Beast notes that the film's production staff "believe that it is important for gay men to be represented in Ukraine," although a recent poll suggests 47% of Ukrainians are "intolerant toward the LGBTQ community."
One of the producers of the film also weighed in on the criticism they've received from members of the Russian parliament.
"A few weeks ago a pro-Russian parliament member, Vadim Rabinovich, was the first to criticize our film for its LGBT theme and immediately, Russian propagandist television journalist, Olga Skobeyeva, mentioned that in her show, mocking Ukraine for its love for gay men," said Regina Maryanovska-Davidson, a co-producer of the film.
Peter Ninovsky, the actor portraying the role of Peter, has also addressed the petition that has been launched against the film. However, he insists there was no intent to offend Orthodox believers.
"I say this as a believer. On the contrary, our film features the complicated road to God of a man who genuinely wants to find his way," Ninovsky told The Daily Beast. "The petition signed by 3,000 people against our film demonstrates that there is a painful spot, but for a country with a 40 million-person population, this is not a huge number."