Disney’s long-awaited live-action remake of the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” broke records on its opening weekend despite the news that, for the first time, the studio is featuring an openly gay character in a film aimed at children.
Disney has been promoting the gay agenda for some time but never crossed this all-important line. It’s executives have reason to celebrate. Despite this controversial content that flies in the face of Biblical morality, the film broke the record for best March opening, Best PG rated all-time opening, and scored the 7th biggest launch of all time for any movie. It pulled in $174.8 million in the U.S. where 70.6 percent of our population identify as Christians and another 1.4 percent adhered to Judaism.
Both the Old and New Testaments in the Bible condemn homosexuality in the strongest terms, as do all the major religions. However, only one theater in the United States, a drive-in in DeKalb County, Alabama, refused to show the movie.
While the much publicized gay scenes were tame by any standard and barely noticed, if at all, by the target audience, children, these box-office receipts will no doubt empower the studio to push the envelope further in subsequent offerings. Unfortunately, the implied message delivered to Disney by those flocking to the theater last weekend is that people of faith are willing to leave their values at home in order to be entertained and to entertain their children, but was that the real message delivered last weekend?
It is interesting to note that only one-half of the audience was families. No doubt many of the parents who took their youngsters to the movie were simply too busy with the business of life to have seen the controversy created by director Bill Condon and actor Josh Gad who portrays the gay character, LeFou.
In an interview in the April issue of Attitude, Condon, who is gay, enthusiastically described LeFou as “somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston (the handsome villain) and on another day wants to kiss Gaston… It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And [LeFou] makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end . . . “It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
After the initial flack, the studio decided to walk these comments back just a bit. Nevertheless, the message had been sent to the gay community and it turned out for the groundbreaking event. It was disappointed and many gay activists expressed outrage that the homosexual content was not more explicit. These activists are pushing Disney to create a lesbian princess.
I would hope that at least some of those unsuspecting parents who went to the movie were also suitably outraged for very different reasons. I would hope that they would take the time to write the studio and express their feelings and vow to make better entertainment choices in the future. After all, isn’t childhood supposed to be an age of innocence, not sexual exploration?
Unfortunately, many of today’s parents have been so indoctrinated to the gay agenda though our public schools, that they see nothing wrong in this. It is little wonder that so many of our young people are confused about their sexuality.
As early as 1980, the book, Changing Bodies, Changing Lives was introduced in classrooms. It states, “Most people are neither ‘all straight’ or ‘all gay.’ It helps to picture a line with ‘gay’ on one side and ‘straight’ on the other.” It then encouraged students to experiment to find out where on the line they belong and suggests that bisexuality may be our true nature. Meanwhile, God’s people were asleep.
As Christians we are commanded to be salt and light in the world. We are to uphold God’s moral standards, but how many Christians even know or care what those standards are anymore?
Many view God as a benevolent figure who is at their beck and call, who only wants us to be happy, and His church as a place to socialize.
In the immortal words of Elizabeth Rundle Charles:
“If I profess, with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle-field besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that one point.”