A drive-in cinema in Alabama is in the spotlight for a crazy reason. The Henagar Drive-in posted a message on Facebook (which has now been removed) explaining that they would not be showing the upcoming Disney release Beauty and the Beast.
In the Facebook statement the cinema wrote:
It is with great sorrow that I have to tell our customers that we will not be showing Beauty and the Beast at the Henagar Drive-In when it comes out. When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand. We all make choices and I am making mine.
For those that do not know Beauty and the Beast is ‘premiering’ their first homosexual character … If we cannot take our 11-year-old granddaughter and eight 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,
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. 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. Thank you for your support!
Why has the cinema banned the Disney flick? Simply because the character of LeFou, Gaston’s friend played by Josh Gadis (Olaf from Frozen), like 10 percent of people, happens to be gay.
This is quite a strange reason for a cinema ban. It seems the cinema does not want to leave it up to movie-goers as to whether they approve or disapprove of Disney finally featuring a character that represents at least one in ten people in society. I do not believe Jesus ever said a word about homosexuality in the bible. There are many offensive things about the ban, although I accept that they have a right not to show it. They do however now have to deal with the social media reaction of those who disapprove of their ban.
The cinema has come under huge public fire for their stance and as a result have taken down their entire Facebook page.
A hurtful part of their statement is that they equate homosexuality with sex, nudity, and foul language – so offensive.
The cinema says that companies (Disney) are continually forcing view on us. What a ridiculous statement when homosexual characters are often left out of so many narratives. Whether the cinema owners agree or disagree with homosexuality, it exists in society and laws in America consider gay couples to be equal.
Homosexuality is part of society and you cannot simply erase it because you do not like it. It is funny that when Disney finally features a gay character it is regarded as forcing their ‘views’ when the main characters are still all heterosexual.
In the view of this cinema featuring the reality of society is now seen as the ‘forcing’ of immoral ideas. Honestly these people must walk down the street with their eyes closed.
Watch a trailer for Beauty and the beast here:
Featured image via YouTube.