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AL theater won't show 'Beauty and the Beast' because of gay character

Henagar Drive-In Theatre (Source: WAFF) Henagar Drive-In Theatre (Source: WAFF)
HENAGAR, AL (WAFF) -

The new owner of the Henagar Drive-In Theatre say they will not show the new live version of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" because they say they are uncomfortable with some of the film's content.

The owners say they initially announced they would be screening the movie but changed their minds after Disney announced it will feature a gay character.

Carol Laney took over the Henagar Drive-In back in mid-December. She said she received a lot of requests for the new "Beauty and the Beast" movie and told people she would plan to show it. But when Laney learned there would be a gay character, she announced on social media that she intended not to show the film.

"We respect the choice of others who choose other movie theaters by watching the movie. However, we hope that you respect our choice not to play it at our drive-in," Laney said.

The social media announcement has drawn a lot of attention since.

Laney said she's trying to keep the theater family-friendly. She said she also won't be showing movies with profanity, nudity and sex. Her rules also include no alcohol at the drive-in.

She said it's about keeping her Christian faith.

"This, by no means, is sending a message of hatred or bigotry. However, we are Christians first and foremost and must adhere to our Bible and to our Christianity," Laney said.

Laney admitted she's gotten some negative feedback but feels her family-friendly drive-in will be a success.

"It doesn't mean we hate anyone. I know that God will bless me in this endeavor," she said.

The film's director, Bill Condon, told Attitude magazine that the character of LeFou is "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 said there is a payoff for the character in the end, but he doesn't want to give it away.

The new live version of "Beauty and the Beast" opens in theaters on March 17. 

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