Franklin Graham calls for 'Beauty and the Beast' boycott over gay character

Posted March 3

— Charlotte-based evangelist Franklin Graham is calling for a boycott of the new Disney "Beauty and the Beast" film that features Disney’s first-ever gay character.

In a Facebook post that has been shared over 87,000 times, Graham says “They’re trying to push the LGBT agenda into the hearts and minds of your children—watch out!”

According to the movie’s director Bill Condon, the character LeFou, played by Josh Gad, will explore his sexuality during the remake of the Disney classic tale.

“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 makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively, gay moment in a Disney movie.”

On the red carpet during the world premiere of the film Thursday, Gad said, "What was most important to me was taking a character that is wonderful and so iconic, but is defined by cartoon conceits in the (original) movie... and expanding on that, giving him dimension, making him human."

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  • John Archer Mar 4, 12:39 p.m.
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    Again, I will point you back to the reason "that guy" was on this earth, and that was to show us we were doing it wrong, that the entire reason for our existence was to grow, learn to love ourselves AND EACH OTHER! That's why we are in this mess, we seem to find that part nearly impossible. If he were here today, he would meet exponentially more hatred and resistance than he did then, with probably an even uglier result.

  • Thornes Sin Mar 4, 10:54 a.m.
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    The more to resist it the stronger it gets. There is a breaking point in the social structure, and with the Elections, Hillary and Trump, Russia, The Fake News the Antisemitic Rhetoric, The Black Lives matter, The Terrorist, and now HB2-LOL, Companies blackmailing NC over it, Christians VS Jews VS Gays VS Black....SHM.

    You ALL need to grow up!

    Everyone had better get a grip and figure out what is causing this MASS stupidity and MASS hysteria, The Great Deceiver and Disctractions.

  • Howard Roark Mar 4, 9:36 a.m.
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    shall we quote everything else god and the Bible say? Are you sure you want to go down that road?

  • Howard Roark Mar 4, 9:33 a.m.
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    many of us have been tired of having Christianity shoved down our throats for decades. Now, some no longer wish to remain silent and christians are having a difficult time coping.

  • Howard Roark Mar 4, 9:31 a.m.
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    Pew Research Center poll: More and more Americans no longer buying Christianity's hypocrisy. Numbers of those who belong to the faith continue to decline year after year.

  • Jeff Freuler Mar 4, 8:49 a.m.
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    Well my child is grown so I don't have to deal with this as she can make up her own mind as I have.

    Done with Disney.

  • Donnie Hite Mar 4, 7:45 a.m.
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    Regardless if you are a Christian or not most people are tired of this getting crammed down there throat and being told we have to like it. The acts these people commit are disgusting!!!

  • Judy Loftin Mar 4, 7:23 a.m.
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    CBS poll..... Majority of Americans do not want transgenders in womens bathroom.

  • Judy Loftin Mar 4, 7:01 a.m.
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    Clarence, you forgot to add Go and SIN no more.

  • Judy Loftin Mar 4, 6:59 a.m.
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    God did not tell Lot to do that, He did, however, tell you not to lay with a man as you would a woman. You can't hide behind Lot.