Alabama theater won't screen 'Beauty and the Beast' over inclusion of gay character


A drive-in movie theater in Alabama has decided not to screen "Beauty and the Beast," Disney's live-action remake of the 1991 animated classic, due to the inclusion of a gay character.

Earlier this week, Bill Condon, the film's director, revealed that villager Le Fou--played by Josh Gad--will be the company's first gay character.

"LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston," Condon said. "He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realizing that he has these feelings.

"And that's what has its pay-off at the end, which I don't want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie."

This prompted Henagar Drive-In in northeast Alabama to cancel their screenings of the film. On their Facebook page, the theater wrote "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."

The theater adds "If I can't sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it."

The post has more than 1,000 comments and more that 1,100 shares as of Friday afternoon, with commenters both supporting Henagar Drive-In's decision and others saying the stand is "ridiculous" and calling for boycotts.

"Beauty and the Beast" opens March 17.

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