An Alabama Movie Theater Has Banned "Beauty and the Beast"

As reported by TMZ, A drive-in movie theater in Alabama has banned showing Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast because of it's use of an openly gay character.

The Henagar Drive-In Theater, in the tiny town of Henagar, Alabama (in the northeast corner of the state), published a statement on Facebook late last night explaining their decision.

Their post has been shared over 1,200 times, and understandably the reaction has been pretty mixed, with many people lashing out against the theater.

While many others have applauded the theater and come to their defense.

It was announced earlier this week that, in the movie, Gaston's sidekick LeFou (played by Josh Gad) would be Disney's first openly gay character.  Director Bill Condon had alluded to a "nice, exclusively gay moment" involving the character, although Josh Gad claims nothing in the script really said that his character was gay.

We'll see for ourselves March 17th, when the new Beauty and the Beast hits theaters!

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