After the announcement that Disney’s live-action reboot of “Beauty and the Beast” features a gay character, a drive-in theater in rural Alabama has decided not to show the movie.
Carol Laney, the owner of Henagar Drive-In Theatre, said that the decision to refrain from airing the movie was due to her religion.
“This by no means is sending a message of hatred or bigotry. However, we are Christians first and foremost and must adhere to our Bible and to our Christianity,” Laney said.
“As business owners, we take pride and caution in showing discernment in what we play at our drive-in,” she continued.
In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Laney said she will not take her grandchildren to a movie with a gay character, let alone show it at her venue.
In what he called an “exclusively gay moment,” director Bill Condon said that the honored character is Gaston’s best friend, LeFou.
Josh Gad, who plays LeFou, said, “There is a moment in the film that is pretty subtle … that’s pretty wonderful, and I’m excited for people to see it and experience it for themselves.”
“We respect the choice of others who choose to support other movie theaters by watching this movie. However, we hope that you respect our choice not to play it at our drive-in,” Laney said.
H/T: CBS News
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