Disney’s First Gay Character Causes Problems with Some Theaters

A film’s performance at the box office can be affected for numerous reasons from the time of year it is released to its rating, as well as numerous other causes. The Hollywood Reporter stated in a recent article that Beauty and the Beast is likely to underperform in Russia due to a restriction where the audience must be sixteen or older in order to view the film. This strict rating was given to the film due to a recent revelation that one of the characters played by Josh Gad is gay, which is the first gay character to appear in a Disney film. This caused uncertainty as to whether or not the film would be able to screen in Russia at all, as a law penned in recent years prohibits “gay propaganda against minors.” While this might seem isolated to Russia and its “crackdown on the local gay community,” the films inclusion of a gay character has also led to an Alabama drive-in theater removing Beauty and the Beast from their lineup of films. The owner stated on the theater that “when companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand. We all make choices and I am making mine.” While these incidents of distaste for the film’s choice are still limited, it has yet to be seen whether or not it will affect the film’s overall box office performance.


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