Homophobic attitudes are sending the movie out of some theatres.
The revelation that the upcoming live action version of 'Beauty and the Beast' will feature Disney's first gay character has caused predictable controversy, with one Alabama drive-in even going as far as banning screenings of the film and Russia has also been called to boycott the movie.
People are really angry about 'Beauty and the Beast' news
A small drive-in in Henagar, Alabama are refusing to show the forthcoming blockbuster starring Emma Watson, Luke Evans and Dan Stevens simply because director Bill Condon recently cited that Gaston's sidekick LeFou (played by Josh Gad) was openly gay with feelings for his master. We doubt this will make a significant dint in the film's profits.
'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', the owners wrote in a since deleted Facebook post on Thursday (March 2nd 2017). 'If I can't sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it.'
And if that confuses you, it's worth noting that they believe homosexuality is always inclusive of nudity, sex and profane language rather than as natural romantic attraction, which they seem to have no problem grasping in terms of a human girl and a hairy beast of a male.
'We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches', they continued. 'You can feel free to come watch wholesome movies without worrying about sex, nudity, homosexuality and foul language.'
Furthermore, a Russian authority named Vitaly Milonov is urging his government to think about doing the same, and has branded the film 'a blatant, shameless propaganda of sin and perverted sexual relationships' in a letter to Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky according to CNN. The Ministry of Culture has yet to comment.
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Bill Condon's original comment to Attitude magazine on the 'exclusively gay moment' of the film was that 'LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston'.
'He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realizing that he has these feelings', he added. 'And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it.'
'Beauty and the Beast' is set to arrive in theatres on March 16th 2017.
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