Wow. It is the 21st century or what?
The upcoming Disney film Beauty and the Beast, a remake of the iconic 1991 Disney film of the same name, happens to have a gay character.
The character Le Fou played by actor Josh Gad is a dim-witted sidekick to the main villain Gaston. In the upcoming version of Beauty and the Beast, Le Fou is shown as being gay. This makes it the first homosexual character in a Disney film.
This has not gone down well with one American film theatre (as of now) and it has decided to not screen Beauty and the Beast.
The Henagar Drive-In Theare in Alabama announced on its now-inaccessible Facebook page that it would not be screening Beauty and the Beast because it has a gay character.
(Gentle reminder: Following the United States Supreme Court's judgement on the Obergefell v. Hodges case, same-sex marriage is legal across all fourteen states of the United States of America)
The post by the Henagar Drive-In Theare said, "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. We all make choices and I am making mine."
"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," the post went on to add.
Here goes the full-text post by the Henagar Drive-In Theare followed by a screenshot.
"As of December 16th the Henagar Drive-In is under new ownership. Movies scheduled prior to that date and four weeks after this date were not scheduled by the new owners. That being said…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. We all make choices and I am making mine. For those that do not know Beauty and the Beast is 'premiering' their first homosexual character. The producer also says at the end of the movie 'there will be a surprise for same-sex couples.' 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. I know there will be some that do not agree with this decision. 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. Thank you for your support!"
Meanwhile, filmmaker Karan Johar, considered a LGBT-icon in India, became a father to twins recently via surrogacy.
America, try and catch up, may be?
Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans releases in American theatres on March 17. The Indian release date has not been announced yet.