Cinema Refused To Show New ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Because Of This Unbelievable Reason
With the release date of the highly anticipated live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast quickly approaching, it appears not everyone is excited.
The film which stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens is set to open in theatres March 17th but one U.S cinema has banned the film because it features a gay character. The Henegar Drive-In Theatre in Alabama has stated via Facebook that they refuse to show the film.
They wrote; “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.”
They refuse to change their minds or compromise on what they were taught in church and what the bible teaches. They went on to further say that they’d show ‘wholesome movies’ without sex, nudity, swearing or homosexuality. Since the post on Facebook, they’ve received a mixed reaction. Some believe it’s their (the owners) right to do so as they please, as it is their beliefs which they’re entitled to.
Others are saying that they will no longer go to the theatre based on their narrow-minded views. Someone posted in response saying “Just FYI if you were boycotting every single movie that was touched by a gay person you’d boycott every single Hollywood movie.” Another counter-point another person posted: “Thankful there are still businesses willing to take a Christian stand. I’m in agreement with your decision. Thank you for NOT showing this movie.”
Bill Condon Director of the film told Attitude Magazine that the movie was going to contain a scene that he titled ‘exclusively gay moment involving Lefou and the movie’s villain Gaston, played by Josh Gad and Luke Evans respectively.’ Whilst they may be entitled to their opinions they need to understand the ripple effect it may have on their business especially considering the ever growing hype surrounding the film.