A drive-in theater in northeast Alabama said it will not show Disney’s Beauty and the Beast because it features a homosexual character.
The Henagar Drive-In Theatre in DeKalb County posted on its Facebook page on Thursday night.
“If we cannot take our 11-year-old granddaughter and 8-year-old grandson to see a movie, we have no business watching it,” the theater posted on its Facebook page. “If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it.”
The theater’s Facebook page, as of late Friday afternoon, no longer accessible. AL.com has been in contact with the theater owners but they have not yet commented about not showing the movie.
Reports first emerged Thursday that the movie included a gay character.
The movie’s director, Bill Condon, described a scene in the movie as a “nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie” in an interviewed published Thursday by “Attitude” – the United Kingdom’s best-selling gay magazine.
The gay character in the movie is portrayed by actor Josh Gad, whose movie character has feelings for Gaston, the movie’s primary antagonist.
The movie is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on March 17.