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'Beauty and the Beast' Gay LeFou Keeps Alabama Theater From Showing Film

'Beauty and the Beast' Gay LeFou Keeps Alabama Theater From Showing Film

An Alabama theater has decided not to show the new "Beauty and the Beast" because Gaston's sidekick LeFou is portrayed as gay. (Disney)

By    |   Saturday, 04 March 2017 04:13 PM

The new "Beauty and the Beast" film out later this month has a gay character, unlike the original, and an Alabama theater has decided not to show the film because of it. 

“When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand. We all make choices and I am making mine,” said a statement on Facebook from the Henagar Drive-In Theatre in Henagar, Alabama. “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 theater’s new owners, who took over at the end of last year, made the controversial decision.

“I know there will be some that do not agree with this decision. That’s fine,” the statement continued. “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.”

This comes after the movie’s director, Bill Condon, told Attitude magazine the decision to add a gay character to the film was small but significant.

Josh Gad plays the gay character LeFou, a close friend of Gaston, the film's main antagonist.
Condon said LeFou's role in the movie is really centered on his inconsistent feelings toward Gaston.

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon told Attitude. “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.”

Facebook commenters' reactions to the theater's announcement were mixed.

"Great to see someone actually take a stand. We [used to be able to] trust Disney but the name does not bring trust in content anymore," one person wrote.

"So thankful when a business puts values over political correctness; in this case God over Gad!" said another.

"Hmmm...so no movies with violence of any kind, no divorced people, no people eating seafood, no people with tattoos or with their hair cut," added a dissenter. "Basically you'll not be showing ANY movies of any kind. I guess you'll be out of business in 6 months."

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