Let me start out by saying that I’m far from anti-gay. In fact, I support gay marriage and the advancement of gay rights in the United States. If something doesn’t directly affect me, and someone else being in love with someone of their own gender doesn’t, then I don’t mind it going on around me. It’s not my business, so I don’t go out of my way to make it my business, either. However, I do have a real problem with Hollywood right now.
Like I stated above: I don’t care if you’re gay, that’s your choice and I support your right to make that choice. However, I don’t support Hollywood’s constant appeal to try and make things gay. What I mean by this is that, in this case, Beauty and The Beast was never intended to include someone that was gay in the film. I’m not saying that being gay in a film is wrong, because it’s not. But to change the original message of the film to center around being gay is wrong. If that’s the case, don’t claim it’s a remake – because it’s not. The direction of the movie is now changed as is the message behind it. Albeit finding yourself and accepting yourself is a great message to promote, its not the place for it in this movie.
I don’t necessarily agree with this movie theatres decision to not show the movie solely because of the gay character in it. But, this is the United States of America. If you’re allowed to refuse people because they’re anti-gay, then you should also be able to refuse showing a movie that promotes a message you don’t agree with at your own privately owned movie theater. So although I don’t agree with the drive – theatre’s decision to not show the movie because of the gay character, I support their right to be able to choose what they show at their own place of business.
H/T The Blaze
Why an Alabama drive-in theater won’t show ‘Beauty and the Beast’ remake
An Alabama drive-in theater said Friday that it will not be showing the “Beauty and the Beast” remake because it includes a gay character.
Under new ownership, the Henagar Drive-In Theatre in northwest Alabama announced on its Facebook page that it will show family-oriented films and because of the gay character, the remake of the classic Disney film does not fit the bill.
“When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand,” the Facebook post said.
“If we cannot take our 11-year-old grand daughter and 8-year-old grandson to see a movie we have no business watching it [sic],” the post continued. “If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it.”
The new Henagar Drive-In Theatre owner said that “we are first and foremost Christians” and “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,” the post said.
“Beauty and the Beast” director Bill Condon told Attitude magazine in a recent interview that the character of LeFou, played by Josh Gad, will be portrayed as gay.
“He’s confused about what he wants,” Condon said of the character. “It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it.”
Condon added that there will be a surprise at the end of the movie that is a “nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
Posted to their Facebook page:
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 grand daughter 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