A drive-in movie theatre in Alabama has refused to screen the new live action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” after it was revealed last week that one of the movie’s main characters is gay.
In the new film, villainous Gaston’s sidekick LeFou will be gay and director Bill Condon has said there would be “a nice, exclusively gay moment” in the film, a first for Disney.
But the Henagar Drive-In Theatre wrote on its Facebook page: “It is with great sorrow that I have to tell our customers that we will not be showing Beauty and the Beast at the Henagar Drive-In when it comes out.
“When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand. We all make choices and I am making mine.
“For those that do not know Beauty and the Beast is ‘premiering’ their first homosexual character … If we cannot take our 11-year-old granddaughter and eight year old grandson to see a movie we have no business watching it. If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it.
“I know there will be some that do not agree with this decision. That’s fine. We are first and foremost Christians. We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches.”
The Facebook post had been shared more than 1,700 times and attracted 3,000 comments before the drive-in’s owners deactivated their page.
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) 3 March 2017
The film’s director Bill Condon first made the revelation in an interview with Attitude Magazine last week.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” he said.
“He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings.”
“Beauty and the Beast” also stars Emma Watson and the film will be released in Australian cinemas on March 23. Watch the trailer below: