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Now, while the response from the community to 's inclusion of a gay character in the upcoming has been, well, mixed, it's worth noting that the response from homophobic folks the world over has been far more critical. After all, while some have suggested that the film's sole gay character, LeFou, is an insult to the LGBT community, they have at least been doing so from a place of not irrationally hating people because of their sexual identity.

That, however, can't be said of everyone, and most particularly not of the owner of the Henagar Drive-In Theatre in Henagar, Alabama. Y'see:

That Particular Movie Theater Just Banned 'Beauty And The Beast', Because Homophobia

'Beauty and the Beast' [Credit: Disney]
'Beauty and the Beast' [Credit: Disney]

In fact, it's worth noting that the owner of the Henagar Drive-In is explicitly opting not to screen Beauty and the Beast because they "can not take [their] 11-year-old granddaughter and 8-year-old grandson to see [the] movie," or indeed "sit through [the] movie with God or Jesus sitting by [them]." Which, along with the attached comments about "not compromising on what the Bible teaches," makes it pretty darned clear that the decision to not screen what is widely expected to be one of the most financially successful movies of the year is entirely based on a belief that gay people have no business being on a movie screen, or something equally homophobic.

You can read the full statement below, though if you consider rampant homophobia and unapologetic disdain for a large section of humanity to be offensive, then you may want to proceed with caution, or at least incredulity:

"It is with great sorrow that I have to tell our customers that we will not be showing 'Beauty and the Beast' at the Henagar Drive-In when it comes out. When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand. We all make choices and I am making mine. For those that do not know 'Beauty and the Beast' is 'premiering' their first homosexual character. The producer also says at the end of the movie 'there will be a surprise for same-sex couples.' 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. I know there will be some that do not agree with this decision. That's fine. We are first and foremost Christians. 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. Thank you for your support!"

Note: Mrs Potts has zero time for this nonsense. 'Beauty and the Beast' [Credit: Disney]
Note: Mrs Potts has zero time for this nonsense. 'Beauty and the Beast' [Credit: Disney]

Now, of course, everyone has every right to choose not to watch whatever movie they so please — and a private enterprise is allowed to not screen whatever movie it so chooses. Helpfully, though, that same freedom of choice and/or speech also allows us to think that the folks over at the Henagar Drive-In Theatre are being gigantic a-holes, and to state that opinion aloud in a manner of our own choosing.

If you would like to do the same, you can of course express your feelings about the matter to the Henagar Drive-In Theatre itself over on the company's Facebook page, or using any of the contact details available on their "About" page, which can be found right here.

After all, as the folks over at the Henagar Drive-In reminded us, "when companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand" — something that is doubly true when those companies are espousing ignorance, hate and homophobia, and generally being a-holes.

What do you think, though? Do you think the Henagar Drive-In needs to remove that stick from up its butt? Let us know below!

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(Sources: THR)