By Nicole Fernandez
The Rough Rider (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Disney’s live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” has been awaited for by excited fans for over a year now, but one Christian theater in Alabama no longer shares that excitement. After it was released that Josh Gad’s character, Lefou, would have an “exclusively gay moment,” the theater’s owner, Carol Laney, declared through Facebook that they would not be showing the movie.
In the message, she says that “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.”
In case you haven’t seen the original animation, Lefou is the infatuated sidekick of bad guy Gaston, performed by Luke Evans in the 2017 adaptation. According to the film’s director, Bill Condon, Gad’s character “breaks new ground when it comes to LGBT visibility.”
There was an outpouring of support for Disney’s decision to announce that an already suspected gay character would be released as such, but there has also been an equal amount of protest, mainly from heavily conservative groups.
“We are first and foremost Christians. We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches,” Ms. Laney promised on the message and despite public outcry and multiple threats, she has kept her word.
The post has since been deleted but CNN branch WHNT has a screengrab of the message here.
Photo Credit: Pete Bellis