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April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Blue Is the Warmest Color, the film that won last year’s top Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival, is being singled out by anti-gay campaigners in Russia for its graphic scenes of lovemaking between two lesbians. The film’s opponents claim that the movie violates laws that became effective last year barring “gay propaganda” targeting teenagers. Moscow’s League of Safe Internet particularly took exception to the fact that the characters engaging in lesbian sexual activity are teenagers, although the actors portraying them are older adults. In an interview with the Russian state newspaper Izvestia, Denis Davydov, executive director of Moscow’s League of Safe Internet, remarked, “[Two] women are engaged in lesbian sex, one of whom is a 15-year-old girl. The fact that the actress who plays her is over 18 doesn’t matter. She could as well be 40. The audience views her as a minor.” The group is demanding that any home-video release of the movie in Russia be barred.