Theater Cancels Beauty And The Beast Because Of Openly Gay Character

Theater Cancels Beauty And The Beast Because Of Openly Gay Character

March 4, 2017 Updated March 10, 2017

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The owners refuse to show the film due to their religious beliefs

The director of Disney’s live-action version of Beauty and the Beast recently confirmed that the film features a gay character, which was celebrated by many as a sign that the entertainment giant was becoming more inclusive. However, not everyone was thrilled, as one movie theater announced they won’t be showing the film due to the inclusion of a gay character not meshing with their Christian beliefs.

Gaston’s sidekick LeFou, played by Josh Gad, shares a dance with another man at the end of the film and flirts with Gaston several times. Director Bill Condon tells Attitude magazine, “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”

Henagar Drive-In theater in Henagar, Alabama announced in a Facebook post from their now-deleted page that they wouldn’t be showing Beauty and the Beast on religious grounds because of LeFou’s sexuality. Their message read, “When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand. 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.”