Ewan McGregor has poked fun at the Alabama cinema bosses, who have pulled new Disney film Beauty And The Beast from screens over Josh Gad’s gay character.
The owners of the Henagar Drive-In Theatre have taken exception to director Bill Condon’s big reveal that his LeFou character, played by Gad, in the new film is Disney’s first-ever LGBTQ character, and they have decided not to show the family-friendly movie.
A statement on the cinema’s Facebook page reads: “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. If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it.”
Calling themselves “first and foremost Christians”, the owners add: “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.”
McGregor, who voices the character of candelabra Lumiere in the new live-action film, has been left stunned by the theatre owners’ boycott – and he made a mockery of their decision during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in America on Monday (13Mar17).
“It’s just, like, he’s a gay character,” the actor said. “It’s 2017 for f**k’s sake.
He joked, “There’s a lot of gay sex in this cartoon and I think if you live anywhere near Alabama you should not go and see this film. What would Jesus think?”