As backlash after the announcement that there would be an openly gay character who sings a song in Disney’s new Beauty and The Beast feature, parents, pastors, and churches across America are calling for boycott’s of Disney, saying that this will heavily traumatize children, and normalize homosexuality.
One evangelical pastor, Franklin Graham, posted on his site a letter, urging parents to “Say No to Disney”, and, that “trying to push the LGBT agenda into the hearts and minds of your children — watch out!”. He said this was a free country so Disney can of course include these characters, but as Christians he hopes that the boycott sends a message.
One Million Moms also pushed back against Disney’s new agenda, stating, “Alerting all parents! In a first for the Disney Channel, a Disney XD show subtly displayed several gay kisses in an episode that aired a couple of days ago. This is the last place parents would expect their children to be confronted with content regarding sexual orientation. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, and it is becoming extremely common and unnecessary. Disney has decided to be politically correct versus providing family-friendly entertainment. Disney has been under pressure from the gay community to portray openly gay relationships in its TV shows and movies.”
CBN News has more:
Amidst the controversy over a ground-breaking gay scene in Disney’s upcoming “Beauty and the Beast” movie, director Bill Condon and cast member Josh Gad appear to be pulling back on previously bold statements to the media about creating an “exclusively gay moment.”
It’s a moment that many people of faith are already protesting. More than 49,000 have signed an online petition to “tell Disney no to LGBT agenda in Beauty and the Beast.”Just recently Condon told Attitude, a European gay lifestyle magazine, about what he called “a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie” between the characters Gaston and LeFou, played by Gad.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and an another day wants to kiss Gaston” he said. Condon further explained that Gad “makes something really subtle and delicious out of it.”
Yet on Thursday night during the movie’s world premiere, Gad and Condon gave conflicting messages. On one hand, Gad told USA Today that he’s “really proud” to play LeFou and Condon desribed the gay scene as a “wonderful gay moment.”
Then, Gad pointed out, however, that “there was nothing in the script that said ‘LeFou is gay.'”
Condon added “I think (LeFou’s sexuality) has been a little overstated.”
Evangelist Franklin Graham is calling on Christians to stop supporting Disney’s “LGBT agenda” and boycott the movie when it comes out March 17th.
One locally-owned drive-in movie theatre in Alabama told Facebook fans that it will not show the movie.
“When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand,” said the owners.
Also this week, Disney aired its first on-screen gay kiss on a children’s cartoon show.
In “Star vs. the Forces of Evil” the producers show several same-sex couples kissing during a concert scene while the band sings the song “Best Friends.”
While this may be the first on-screen same-sex kiss, Disney has also included a homosexual relationship in its TV show “Good Luck Charlie.”
And the American Family Association points this out too: “The creators of ‘Moana’ mentioned in an interview with a liberal media source that they wouldn’t rule out an LGBT Disney princess.”