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An Alabama Theater Won't Show 'Beauty & the Beast' Because of the Film's Gay Character

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When Beauty and the Beast's director Bill Condon announced earlier this week that the film would feature Disney's first "exclusively gay moment," the Internet was fully supportive of the major moment for Disney and the LGBTQ community - well, *almost* fully supportive, anyways.

TMZ is reporting that a rural, northeastern Alabama drive-in theater, the Henegar Drive-In, announced that it would not be showing the film - specifically for the same reason that has the Internet so excited for its release.

"We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches,” the theater said on its Facebook page. “You can feel free to come watch wholesome movies without worrying about sex, nudity, homosexuality and foul language.”

While the New York Times reports that it's unclear whether Disney was ever going to show the film at the theater in the first place. In an interview with the NYT, Carol Laney, one of the theater's owners, said they had only seen the trailer and heard the news about LeFou, the film's gay character, before deciding not to show it.

The theater's Facebook page has since been flooded with comments, both in support of and against the theater's decision. Many of the commenters condemming the ban on the film have pointed out that the decision is a discriminatory one considering the same theater has shown movies meant for a mature audience in the past.


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