Beauty and the Beast banned by Alabama drive-in theatre
American actor, Josh Gad, above left in this still from Beauty and the Beast, plays the first gay character ever to be seen in a Disney production – LeFou.
This so annoyed the Christian owners of the Henagar Drive-In Theatre in DeKalb County, Alabama, that they took to Facebook to declare that the movie, due to be released in the US later this month, will not be screened at their establishment.
The drive-in theatre’s Facebook post, since deleted, said:
When companies continually force their views on us, we need to take a stand. We all make choices and I am making mine. If we cannot 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 company acknowledged that their actions may be controversial, but concluded:
That’s fine.. We are first and foremost Christians. We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches. We will continue to show family-oriented films so you can feel free to come watch wholesome movies without worrying about sex, nudity, homosexuality, and foul language.
Gad, married and a father of two, tweeted that he was “proud” to play the role of LeFou in this latest production of the fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740.