Alabama theatre bans Beauty and the Beast because it features gay character
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Alabama theatre bans Beauty and the Beast because it features gay character

An Alabama drive in theatre has banned Emma Watson’s Beauty and the Beast because it features a gay character.

hollywood Updated: Mar 04, 2017 15:04 IST
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Cast member Emma Watson poses at the premiere of Beauty and the Beast in Los Angeles.(REUTERS)

Bosses at an Alabama cinema have opted not to screen the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson because it features a gay character.

Director Bill Condon announced this week that the character LeFou, played by Josh Gad, has romantic feelings for Gaston, played by Luke Evans.

The owners of the Henagar Drive-In Theatre have not taken well to the director’s big reveal, reported New York Daily News.

A statement on the cinema’s Facebook page reads: “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 cannot 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.”

The owners accept there will be film fans who “do not agree with this decision”, adding, “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.”

This image released by Disney shows Josh Gad as Le Fou, left, and Luke Evans as Gaston in a scene from, Beauty and the Beast, opening nationwide on March 17. (AP)

Condon confirmed all about LeFou’s sexuality during an interview with gay magazine Attitude, stating, “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 realising 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.”

The film, which also features Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, will release in India on March 17.

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First Published: Mar 04, 2017 14:41 IST