Kiev, December 8, 2021
The politicians thus join thousands of Ukrainian citizens who have signed a petition against the state’s funding of the film.
The Council for the State Support of Cinematography announced last month 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.
The appeal speaks of the “inadmissibility of financing the film project ‘My Young Prince’ at the expense of taxpayers, which encroaches on the foundations of public morality and promotes blasphemy and disrespect for sacred religious artifacts,” reports the Information-Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
The full text of the appeal to Prime Minister Denis Shmygal was published by MP Viktor Myalik.
The Deputies are from various Ukrainian political parties and are sure the film violates the law “On the Protection of Public Morals.” The state should, rather, serve the people and promote responsible fatherhood and motherhood.
“The government shouldn’t provide state support to film projects that encroach upon the foundations of public morality, outrage society, despise spiritual values that are important for millions of our fellow citizens, and promote same-sex relations against the background of a deep demographic crisis,” the appeal reads.