'Beauty and the Beast' Ban: Gay Character Ignites Boycotts Before Opening

First and foremost, there is nothing sexual, nothing explicit, nor nothing that suggests any romantic relationship between anyone - except "Beauty" and the "Beast" in this movie.

At a press conference in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday, he said: "I talked before about how we translate this into live-action".

Gad acknowledged that "there is so much fear out there of that which we don't understand that which we don't know", and said Gaston, himself, is meant to caution against fear-mongering. What has this story always been about for 300 years?

Actor Josh Gad plays LeFou, who is bullied by his friend Gaston in the film, has a crush on the film's pompous ladies' man. "God has my back and I'm not going to rethink my position now or ever". "And that was important to me".

Gad and Luke Evans, who plays Gaston in the film, spoke out in the People interview, encouraging audiences to open their minds.

"Bill Condon did an incredible job of giving us an opportunity to create a version of LeFou that isn't like the original, that expands on what the original did, but that makes him more human and that makes him a wonderfully complex character to some extent", he said.

Evangelical leader Franklin Graham is praising an Alabama theater for canceling its showing of the new "Beauty and the Beast" film due to the inclusion of a "gay moment".

Following the media hyper-focus on the gay theme, Gad, who himself does not suffer from same-sex attraction, told reporters, "At a certain point what I want to be talking about is how wonderful, how entertaining, how fantastic this movie is for all audiences". The Henagar Drive-In Theatre wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post that, "If we cannot take our 11-year-old grand daughter and 8-year-old grandson to see a movie we have no business watching it". When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand. I know there will be some that do not agree with this decision.

Yup. You'll totally find us on Oxford Street after work... When he first came out to me he was afraid to tell his very Italian father.

  • Ernesto Newman