One US evangelist preacher from North Carolina is calling for a boycott of the hugely anticipated live-remake of Disney’s “Beauty and Beast” just two weeks before its worldwide release.
Normalizing gay lifestyle:
On Thursday Franklin Graham, son of evangelist In a Facebook post preacher Billy Graham and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, claimed that Disney was attempting to “normalize this [gay] lifestyle.”
The calls to boycott come after director Bill Condon revealed last week that the film will feature Disney’s first “exclusively gay moment.”
The moment is between the villain Gaston (Luke Evans), who pursues uninterested Belle (Emma Watson) and his loyal sidekick LeFou, played by Josh Gad.
Condon gave an interview to “Attitude” magazine where he said that Le Fou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it,” Condon added.
Right after the interview, evangelist Graham wrote on Facebook that people should watch out as the movie makers are “trying to push the LGBT agenda into the hearts and minds of children.” He added that he hopes Christians everywhere will say no to Disney.
On Friday, A movie theater in Alabama announced that it would not be showing “Beauty and the Beast.” Henagar Drive-In wrote on its Facebook page: “When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand,”
A wonderful step forward:
However, Disney’s decision has been applauded as a “wonderful step forward” elsewhere.
Sarah Kate Ellis, president of GLAAD, the LGBTQ media advocacy group, said that this is incredibly important for the youth of today. “”They need to see themselves reflected in the media they consume. More and more, as studios want to appeal to youth audiences, they’re going to have to include LGBTQ story lines and characters,” she added.
The movie is projected to make $100 million in North America alone on its opening weekend.