“Beauty and the Beast” already amassed $350 million globally and $170 million in North America alone. This is “despite” being criticized for having a gay scene in the film. Not that it actually matters to most of us, but news broke out that – Malaysia won’t be getting the film as Disney refused to cut the supposedly gay scenes. Meanwhile, Russia bans people below 16 from watching the movie.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ Banned
One theater in Alabama refused to show the film because LeFou (played by Josh Gad) was outed as gay character. The Henagar Drive-In Theater announced that they will not be showing “Beauty and the Beast” after the issue about LeFou’s “gay moments”.
“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,” the theater owners told EW.
This theater must be losing money with that logic. I mean how many perfectly good movies have he pulled out from his theater?
Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. However, attacking a movie because it included one (or maybe more) gay scenes seems to be a waste of good energy. I mean, people did not have a problem when The Beast (played by Dan Stevens) actually have a relationship with this YOUNG lady, Belle (played by Emma Watson). With this kind of logic, you might even say the film’s about beastiality, dude. It is funny to think back that I never thought of it that way when I was a kid. Huh.
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I mean, the magical castle has talking items like a teapot and a clock – and it’s awesome. Gaston (played by Luke Evans) also wants to kill the beast to supposedly claim Belle as his own. There are also scenes of drunk people and fist fights, both of which can actually be harmful in real life.
Throw in LeFou enjoying his dance with a male villager and everyone freaks out. Why is that? The scene wasn’t even five seconds long. There wasn’t even any explicit lines in the film stating that he is 100 percent gay.
“Beauty and the Beast” director Bill Condon told Screen Crush that the gay scene was overblown by the media. His statement that BATB will have an “exclusively gay moment” stirred the masses even when the film wasn’t released yet.
Enjoy the movie. Appreciate the work that all of the crew and cast have put their effort in. Don’t let bigotry win the day.