Kiev, November 10, 2021
A petition was posted on the site of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers yesterday demanding to cancel state funding for the LGBT film “My Young Prince.”
The Council for the State Support of Cinematography announced yesterday that it decided to allocate 20 million hryvnias ($767,460) to support the film, after it won the Council’s state competition. The film focuses on the homosexual affair of a teenage boy, and its promotional material makes blasphemous use of beloved Christian symbols.
“Just on the film posters you can see the openly erotic, homosexual content of the film, with the use of Christian symbols and allusions to work on Biblical themes, such as Michelangelo’s Pietà or his Creation of Adam,” the petition reads.
“The greatest outrage is caused by a poster with two men using the Crucifix of Jesus Christ, sacred to Christians, in an erotic kiss,” it continues.
The author of the petition reminds that homosexuality is a sin, and that such abuse of Christian symbols is “outright blasphemy and a provocation.” The film therefore violates the law against intentional actions aimed at inciting national, racial, or religious enmity.
The petition thus urges that the funding for the film be canceled, that all such offensive promotional material be removed, and that the Council for the State Support of Cinematography issue a formal apology.
It also calls for an investigation into why the government of a state where more than 2/3 are believers would make such a decision, and for those responsible for violating the law against inciting religious enmity to be brought to justice.
As of the time of writing, the petition had gathered 2,707 signatures out of the 25,000 needed in the next 75 days for the government to consider the motion.