And sometimes, you just have to take a stand.
With all the controversy surrounding the upcoming Disney production, “Beauty and the Beast” – specifically speaking – the controversy over the “exclusively gay moment”, it could probably do quite well at the box office.
Or it could be a complete bust.
If you’re a parent who would rather your children not be exposed to the subtle workings of the left, you may want to make that stand by not giving your hard earned dollars into the pockets of Disney.
An Alabama drive-in is taking just that stand.
“It is with great sorrow that I have to tell our customers that we will not be showing ‘Beauty and the Beast,'” read a message on the Facebook page of the Henagar Drive-In Theatre in the northeast portion of the state. The message was removed Friday evening, but CNN affiliate WHNT in Huntsville, Alabama, has it here.
The message was in response to a comment made by director Bill Condon, who proudly championed the character LeFou’s affections for Gaston, the arrogant would-be suitor of Belle, heroine of the movie.
Condon told the British gay magazine Attitude, “LeFou 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.”
I seriously never got that from the cartoon version.
Hollywood wants to lecture us. They need us to know that if we don’t fall in line with their agenda, we’re just intolerant, petty, and everything wrong in the world.
And as such, they will target our children, and bit by bit, they will weed out all those destructive morals and values that threaten the world’s far left, Utopian vision for the future.
The owners of the drive-in further stated:
“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,” the message said. “If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it. We are first and foremost Christians.
“We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches. We will continue to show family-oriented films so you can feel free to come watch wholesome movies without worrying about sex, nudity, homosexuality and foul language.”
And that is fair. It’s their right, as business owners.
Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t those who would reject that explanation (not that they needed one).
Some who commented were supportive, but we know how social media works, don’t we?
Another wrote, “It’s sad that someone uses Jesus to defend his own sins of discrimination against other people.”
Theater patron Jeremy Reed told CNN affiliate WAAY about the fairy tale, “When I grew up it was just a regular story of a regular romance between a man and a woman.”
Clete Wetli, a gay rights advocate, called the theater’s decision “absolutely absurd,” adding, “I commend Disney for being inclusive and showing the real diversity of love in our world.”
Well, then you spend your money on it. That doesn’t mean everybody has to.
Carol Laney, the owner, offered:
“My salvation isn’t about money. It’s not about men. It’s what God wants me to do,” she said. “We will not be playing movies that have sex. We will not be playing movies that have nudity. It’s my choice.”
Ms. Laney sounds like my kinda people.
In the end (at least in this world), it will come down to a free market solution, for both the movie and the theater.
If the movie offers something people want, it will do well. If not, it will bomb.
If the theater is offering agreeable product to its customers, it will do well. If not, their bottom line will show it.
For me, I appreciate the stand on principle. If I lived anywhere near, I’d show that support by taking in a movie there, every week.
Prayers for their continued success.