Disney is getting a lot of backlash for featuring its first openly gay character in the new live action version of Beauty and the Beast.
Disney’s choice has gotten a lot of positive press and recognition. And Josh Gad, who plays the homosexual Le Fou, said he was “beyond proud” to be the first LGBT character.
However, not everyone feels this way. In Alabama a drive-in movie theater has decided not to feature the film. “When companies continually force their views on us, we need to take a stand. We all make choices and I am making mine,” the theater’s Facebook post announced. “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.”
The theater said that they would continue to only show “wholesome” movies so their customers would not worry “about sex, nudity, homosexuality and foul language.”
Bill Condon, the director of the film, released a statement saying: “My message is: This is a movie for everyone. I’m sad about that theater but there are 4,000 theaters showing the movie. I hope everybody moves past that and just goes to take pleasure in what we made.”
Russia has also stated their concern over the film’s gay character. Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky announced that they would be screening the movie prior to its release in Russia to find out if it was breaching the country’s “gay propaganda” law. “As soon as we get a copy of the film with relevant paperwork for distribution, we will consider it according to the law,” Medinsky said.