Will Christians roll over and allow Disney to push their LGBT agenda on an audience entirely too young to be exposed to this nonsense by buying a ticket, and thereby supporting, the studio’s highly anticipated remake of a beloved children’s classic?
Conservative evangelist Franklin Graham is calling on Christians to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to the upcoming Disney Beauty and the Beast remake.
In a Facebook post published Thursday that has as of this writing received over 150,000 likes and almost 100,000 shares, Graham wrote:
“Disney has aired a cartoon with same-sex couples kissing. It has also been announced that their new movie “Beauty and the Beast” will feature a gay character in an attempt to normalize this lifestyle. They’re trying to push the LGBT agenda into the hearts and minds of your children—watch out! Disney has the right to make their cartoons, it’s a free country. But as Christians we also have the right not to support their company. I hope Christians everywhere will say no to Disney. I met Walt Disney when I was a young boy—he was very gracious to me, my father Billy Graham, and my younger brother when we visited. He would be shocked at what has happened to the company that he started.”
The controversy erupted when director Bill Condon told Attitude Magazine that one of his film’s characters, LeFou, has an “exclusively gay moment” on-screen with villain Gaston.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon said. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh [Gad, who plays LeFou] makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its pay-off at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
Graham’s comments could merely be the opening salvo. On Friday, Time reported an Alabama movie theater’s announced refusal to screen the movie when it releases on March 17.
Naturally, social justice warrior types have praised Disney’s openness and “inclusivity,” but might Disney have crossed a bridge too far by including their social justice warrior nonsense in a movie that depends on an entirely different demographic to be successful?
Only time will tell.