Alabama Theater Refuses to Show ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Due to Gay Character

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Josh Gad and Luke Evans in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Not everyone is excited about the new live-action Beauty and the BeastA drive-in theater in Henagar, Alabama announced it will not screen the upcoming Beauty and the Beast because it has a gay character.

“When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand. We all make choices and I am making mine,” the business said in a statement on Facebook. “If we can not take our 11-year-old granddaughter and 8-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.”

The Henagar Drive-In opened in 1999 and only shows family-friendly films like A Dog’s Purpose and The Eagle Huntress. The decision to not screen Beauty and the Beast was decided by the new owners who took over in December.

This schedule change came after director Bill Condon revealed that Josh Gad’s character LeFou, the comical sidekick to antagonist Gaston, will be Disney’s first-ever LGBTQ character. The decision is in dedication to the original film’s late lyricist Howard Ashman.

Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, and Luke Evans hits theaters March 17.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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