‘We Will Not Compromise’: Alabama Theater Won’t Show ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Due to ‘Gay Moment’

HENAGAR, Ala. — A drive-in theater in Alabama has decided not to show the new “Beauty and the Beast” live-action film after the movie’s director revealed to reporters this past week that one of the characters is portrayed as homosexual and has a “gay moment.”

The owners of Henagar Drive-In Theater posted a notice on social media on Thursday explaining that because of the film’s content, they have decided not to schedule a showing.

“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,” the statement read.

“If we cannot 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,” the owners explained.

They recognized that some might disagree with their decision, but advised that the theater is run in accordance with their Christian faith.

“I know there will be some that do not agree with this decision. That’s fine. We are first and foremost Christians,” the statement said. “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.”

The post generated over 6,000 reactions and over 3,000 comments—some angry and some supportive.

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“Maybe you could take your 11 and 8-year-old grandchildren to see the movie and teach them that love is love so they don’t grow up hateful and miserable like you. Stop taking a book so literally. And stop claiming ‘Christianity’ for your hateful agenda,” one commenter wrote.

“Good for you. It’s your theater: Show what you want, and don’t [show] what you don’t want. There’s way too much cultural shaping coming out of Hollywood these days. If people want to see that kind of thing they can go elsewhere,” another stated.

“Thank you for standing up for decency, our children and Christian values everywhere! It’s rare these days in this sin-laden culture. We thank you and applaud you! Stand firm, keep the faith!” a third wrote.

As previously reported, “Beauty and the Beast” director Bill Condon, who is also an open homosexual, told the outlet “Attitude” last month that the character LeFou, who serves as the sidekick to Gaston, will have a subplot surrounding his attraction to Gaston. Luke Evans, an open homosexual, was cast as Gaston, and Josh Gad plays LeFou.

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon told the publication.

“He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings,” he continued. “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.”

Condon also told Attitude that homosexuals have had a history with “The Beauty and the Beast” as the man who wrote the lyrics for the animated version of the film, released in 1991, had been fighting AIDS while working on the project. Howard Ashman died before the movie was released in theaters.

“It was his idea not only to make it into a musical, but also to make Beast one of the two central characters,” Condon outlined. “Until then, it had mostly been Belle’s story that they had been telling.”

“Specifically for him, it was a metaphor for AIDS,” he said. “He was cursed, and this curse had brought sorrow on all those people who loved him, and maybe there was a chance for a miracle—and a way for the curse to be lifted. It was a very concrete thing that he was doing.”

The group One Million Moms consequently launched a pledge drive, calling on parents not to support Disney until it stops pushing the homosexual agenda. It generated over 40,000 signatures since Wednesday.


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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Americans alive in Alabama! Protect the children from the entertainment’s systematic corruption. Hollywood and Disney should stop interpreting yesteryears’ Westerners their ancestors as gays or lesbians. It’s simply not true. Even if there were, people were ashamed of such abnormal sins unlike today’s shameful moderners.

    • Johndoe

      Protect them from two people kissing? Hmmm

      • Amos Moses

        yeah …. if there is a rotten apple at the bottom of a barrel of good apples …. we should not discriminate against the rotten apple that will eventually make the whole barrel unusable …… we should be “tolerant” ………

        • This style 10/6

          So you figure you will eventually become gay!

          • Amos Moses

            i figure bad company makes poor company and encourages others to accept further nonsense ………. tolerance is not a virtue ….. it is a disease ……….

          • This style 10/6

            I certainly wouldn’t tolerate you if you were my neighbour. Fortunately I think I live at least a thousand miles distant.

          • Amos Moses

            we are neighbors …….

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Yes, we all are. Today’s godless American culture corrupts children to the core. Hollywood and Disney should be tried for child abuses of exposing children to homosexuality. USA needs sane laws like Russia to be normal.

          • RWH

            In your idea America where a Christianized form of the Taliban, ISIS, and the Nazis rule with an iron fist, I’m sure that you will get your wish. The difference between us and you is that we recognize the monsters of the human race.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are neither Christian or proper American as long as you support the abortion-murder and homosexuality. Both are sins and wrong.

          • RWH

            Grace, I’m certainly happy that you did not serve with me in the Army. Every time you shoot your gun off, you miss the target by miles. Only God determines who is one of his. You have no clue as to what I support and don’t support. You have been corrected time and time again both by me and by others. Yet, you insist on propagating the same libel over and over. If you’re so concerned with salvation, look to your own soul and the penalty for bearing false witness and telling lies

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are the one who is against God by not-trusting in Jesus and by supporting infanticide and sexual depravity. You must not expect women to be in the army. Protect your own homeland without female combatants if you’re man.

          • RWH

            Liar!

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            What’s your problem? I may block you in the near future because of your bullying. Write independent comments.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You must not threaten others.

          • antifasciste

            I don’t think one can “catch the gay” unless they go in the same swimming pool.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Today’s American culture corrupts Earth’s children. Disney thinks nothing can counter them. That’s the problem.

        • Johndoe

          LOL!

        • Jenny Ondioline

          It takes your brand of Christian to take a word like “tolerant” and make it sound bad.

          • Amos Moses

            sorry to inform you ….. the word “tolerance” is not found in scripture ….. God is profoundly intolerant of Sin …… it cannot even be in His presence ….. it is destroyed …… utterly ….. God hates sin and He hates unrepentant sinners …………

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Well then, why should anyone be tolerant of your rather broad view of what you’re calling “sin” when it’s so completely intolerant of basic human decency?

          • Amos Moses

            “your rather broad view of what you’re calling “sin””

            it is not broad …. it is very well defined by scripture …. which you reject …

          • Jenny Ondioline

            I don’t necessarily reject scripture, just hamfisted interpretations of it.

          • Amos Moses

            the only interpretation is Gods ….. if we interpret it …. then it is not scripture …..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            That’s right. The only interpretation is God’s. So how is it you manage to get it completely wrong so often?

          • Amos Moses

            to get it right all you have to do is read the text in CONTEXT ….. which you refuse to do because you are friends with the world and have enmity to God as He says He is ……

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Whose context? Yours? Everyone has a different context, and everyone claims theirs is God’s. I’d say that’s a problem for you, Amos.

          • Amos Moses

            “Whose context? ”

            GODS context ….. He wrote it …… His is the only context that matters ……….

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Yeah, so what makes you think you know God’s context and the other Christians who disagree with you don’t know it? Maybe they are right and you are wrong, and you have been led by a false teacher.

          • Amos Moses

            “Yeah, so what makes you think you know God’s context”

            do you understand what context means ….

            the parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect:

            see ….. it aint rocket science ….. i know because i can read ….. IN CONTEXT ……..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Yeah? Every other Christian that follows a different denomination than you says exactly the same thing. And yet you all disagree with each other. Using simple math it seems to me that most of you are wrong.

          • Amos Moses

            “Every other Christian that follows a different denomination than you says exactly the same thing.”

            what they say and what they do …. not the same thing ….

            ” Using simple math it seems to me that most of you are wrong.”

            problem is it is not a math problem …. it is scripture ………. maybe that is the root of your issue …

          • Jenny Ondioline

            You are evading the issue. I could find you ten Christians right now absolutely convinced they all follow scripture perfectly, to the absolute letter, and yet they would all be in disagreement with each other. You could be one of those ten, and yet here you are using that scripture for your own purposes and claiming God is on your side. So you’re saying you alone got it right and the others got it wrong. That’s No True Scotsman right there. I don’t believe that you don’t see it.

          • Amos Moses

            “I could find you ten Christians right now absolutely convinced they all follow scripture perfectly, to the absolute letter”

            and they would all be liars as that is not done by anyone …… nor does that have anything to do with the gospel ……………….

          • Amos Moses

            ” you are using that scripture for your own purposes and claiming God is on your side.”

            where did i ever say that ….. LIAR …….. you are a L-I-A-R ……………… never said that

            again you prove yourself as the L-I-A-R you have always been …………

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Sorry, no. I’m not lying. You have what everyone else has – an interpretation. You want to be right just like the other Christians but you don’t believe the same things.

          • Amos Moses

            FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL ……..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Keep saying it, eventually you will convince yourself.

          • Amos Moses

            nope ….. maybe one day you will stop using this ridiculous canard ……… it has nothing to do with christianity …..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            If you’re saying the No True Scotsman fallacy, which is applicable to pretty much any aspect of life, is miraculously exempt from Christianity, I’d be very interested in knowing how and why.

          • Amos Moses

            “is miraculously exempt from Christianity”

            it has nothing to do with christianity because it applies to logical arguments ……. not religion and not faith and scripture is not an argument or “claim” …… first ….. logic comes from God/Christ ….. and you cannot use Gods creation to disprove him ….. any more than a painting can use paint to disprove the painter …. you have no explanation as to where logic came from ….. and actually all of scripture is logical ……… you just reject it out of hand …….. move one detail or remove even one event and the structure falls ….. but that would require an entire restructuring of the entire reality we inhabit ….. good luck with that ……

          • Jenny Ondioline

            No it doesn’t apply to logical arguments. It applies to opinions, which is all you are offering. Just because you don’t like group X doesn’t mean they’re not Christians. It just means you don’t like them. But that’s not enough to make any kind of argument that they’re not Christians. That’s why you’re guilty of No True Scotsman. You’re basing it strictly on your own opinion.

          • Amos Moses

            “No it doesn’t apply to logical arguments. It applies to opinions”

            Nope ……………

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Your first step Amos is you have to acknowledge what you have is an opinion.

          • Amos Moses

            yeah …. no …. scripture is not an “opinion” ……….

          • Jenny Ondioline

            But how you are interpreting it could be.

          • Amos Moses

            nope ….. as i have told you ……. interpretation makes it NOT scripture ….. we are not allowed to add interpretation ………. and truth is not an opinion …….. it is either accepted or rejected …. and you reject it ……….

          • Jenny Ondioline

            You have an interpretation of scripture. Just like everyone else. No two of you understand it the same way.

          • Amos Moses

            “That’s No True Scotsman right there.”
            Does not apply ….. FAILURE ………. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE …. FAILURE ….

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Isn’t that cute? Nope, not a failure. Read up on No True Scotsman.

          • Amos Moses

            FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. READ UP ON SCRIPTURE …. not there ……… FAIL ……..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            I know scripture far better than you do, Amos. The fail is all yours.

          • Amos Moses

            nope ….. you know an idolatrous and imaginary one …. of your own making ……

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Spoken like a true Scotsman.

          • Amos Moses

            BORING …. and NOPE …………….

          • Amos Moses

            do you believe in God …. sure ….. just not the God of the bible, the God of scripture …… you have your “build a god” ….. one that you fashioned at the mall and named “jesus” ….. Oleomargarine ….. you and your fake god ………..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            I don’t pretend to know anything about God. There isn’t a book written by human beings that could tell us about God.

          • Amos Moses

            “I don’t pretend to know anything about God.”

            yeah … there is ….. and you reject it ……… but you want to come here and tell us what it means …… but you just admitted you have no clue …….

            ummmmm ….. DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Jenny Ondioline

            And you don’t know either, Amos. You can’t.

          • Amos Moses

            and how do you know that …… on what basis …… where does that knowledge come from …….

          • Jenny Ondioline

            You, like everyone else who follows a faith, have a book that makes a claim that nobody can verify.

          • Amos Moses

            “have a book that makes a claim that nobody can verify.”

            the bible is not a claim ….. only your claim is a claim that that scripture is a claim ….. truth is not a claim ……so what is it you are so angry about …. really ….. all you seem to do is come to christian forums to express enmity ……

          • Jenny Ondioline

            The Bible makes claims and demands that a person believe them.

          • Amos Moses

            no …. it states the truth and you either accept it or reject it ………… its truth is self-evident and needs no proof ….. it is there for all to see ………. unless a persons mind is closed due to ENMITY to God ……….

          • Amos Moses

            tolerance of evil is evil …..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            You get no argument from me, except that what you call evil the rest of the world doesn’t call evil.

          • Amos Moses

            “except that what you call evil the rest of the world doesn’t call evil.”

            friends with the world is enmity to God …… and thats you …..

            enmity – a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.

            so your “tolerance” ….. isnt ….. and it is a lie ………..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            You know nothing about me or my life, therefore it’s not your place to comment. I likewise know nothing about your life, but I can comment on things you say I consider intolerant, judgmental or hateful.

          • Amos Moses

            i know what i have read that you wrote ………. and you definitely have enmity to God …… Oleomargarine ……..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            No, Amos, just God as he appears through your paranoid schizophrenic filter.

          • Amos Moses

            so just name calling ….. you have no real refutation …. just idolatry, graven image and enmity ……..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Name calling…you mean like “Oleomargarine”? Whatever that’s supposed to mean?

          • Amos Moses

            that is the name i have given you ……. as it describes your character ….. fake butter …..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            That’s worse than being a fake Christian like yourself?

          • Amos Moses

            you do not even know what a true christian is …… so ….. YAWN …. BORING ……..

            oh ……… and just more ENMITY ………

          • Jenny Ondioline

            I know what a True Scotsman is though.

          • Amos Moses

            no application to christianity ………. NTS is a FAIL …..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            It applies to Christians who try to tell other Christians that they are false Christians almost better than in any other example.

          • Amos Moses

            NTS does not apply to christianity ………… FAIL ………..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Absolutely it does. It applies any time you say “true Christians”.

          • Amos Moses

            well first show where anyone has said it …… but then show in sscripture where it applies ………. FAIL ………… cant find it in scripture ………. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL ……..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            I picture you with your hands over your ears and your eyes shut as you yell that, for some reason.

          • Amos Moses

            so more ad hominiem ….. FAIL …………

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Stop acting like a child and you won’t be compared to one. Saying “FAIL” over and over accomplishes nothing.

          • Amos Moses

            it does to point out your FAILURE of applying scripture ……….

          • Amos Moses

            BTW …… your trying to apply NTS to christianity ….. is just you applying your personal opinion of who is and who is not …… so really just All Are True Scotsmen …… which is equally a lie …… Miss Liar Oleomargarine ………. you are so full of your own self you have no room for the truth ……………..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            NTS DOES apply to Christianity. As long as you throw expressions like “true Christians” around, implying there are false ones, you’re guilty of it.

          • Amos Moses

            NOPE ….. SCRIPTURE applies to christianity … and nothing else …………….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL …….. FAIL ……..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Being scripture does not make it exempt from insecure Christians trying to one-up each other, as you are constantly doing.

          • Amos Moses

            there is a standard for who is and what is a christian ….. it is in scripture ….. it is in context ….. it is written down and it has not changed since it was written ….. we do not get to throw it out just because we want to …… and sorry to inform you …… NTS is not one of them …….

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Where is this standard recorded? Because I’ve seen Christians like yourself say that even CATHOLICS, the first Christians of all, aren’t Christians. I’ve seen you say it about Christians who are accepting of LGBT people. Those are interesting statements to say the least, and if you’re saying it’s recorded in scripture, please give me the chapter and verse. The Catholics in particular would probably be very interested in finding out that they are not actually Christians at all, and especially to find out from a Christian fundamentalist (how old is your denomination anyway Amos? Guessing, what, at least 30 years?)

          • Amos Moses

            “Where is this standard recorded?”

            ummmmmmm ………. SCRIPTURE …… 1 John ….. but you said you knew scripture ….. so i guess not …..

            “Because I’ve seen Christians like yourself say that even CATHOLICS, the first Christians of all, aren’t Christians. I’ve seen you say it about Christians who are accepting of LGBT people.”

            all christians are “catholic’ … the word means universal ….. there is only one universal church ….. RCC is outside of that and an entirely different organization … although there are christians inside the RCC ….. and every other denomination …… as to “accepting” ….. depends on what that means …. do LGBTWhatevers need Christ ….. they surely do ….. does the church need to change to accept them …. NO …. do they need to change to be part of the church ….. YES ….

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Don’t you see what you are doing? Roman Catholics are Christians, and you’re making yourself the authority and saying no they’re not. I can look Roman Catholic up in the dictionary and be told they are Christians, but you’re saying you know better than the dictionary, Amos. That is NO TRUE SCOTSMAN right there. You aren’t the decision maker.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Listen to what Russia says about this movie: “a blatant, shameless propaganda of sin and perverted sexual relationships.” So true. Unbelieving Western whites this century are problematic because they regard everyone as homosexual; it’s a mental disease. Today’s world has to deal with US Sodom, another tyrannical headache on Planet Earth. USA is not good if it is not Christian.

        • RWH

          Yep. Russia is a real example of a Christian empire to be emulated. I have taught scores of Russian Pentecostals who fled to escape persecution by the state church. It’s a shame that you cannot recognize the difference between so-called Christians and the monsters of the human race.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Russians are more righteous than the West this century. Learn from the Russians something good instead of spreading and forcing abnormal immorality.

          • RWH

            Grace. Give it a rest. The church-going population is about 3%. The Church is attempting to enforce its teachings through the government and by persecuting the Catholics and the Protestants. That is hardly doing something more righteous. Your idea of what is right and holy is truly frightening.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            No, it’s much higher. At least it is said that 10% of the American population is normal Evangelical. You are frightened because you never thought of purity or God’s holiness and justice. Those are as real as His love.

          • RWH

            Sorry, Grace. You can’t make an argument without telling lies. You don’t know what I thought of. You can’t be thinking of God’s holiness when you bear false witness.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            To you every true thig is a false witness because you neither know or believe in the Holy Bible.

      • Robert

        now days you have to Protect children from bestiality And homosexuality do to sick People who promote such sick stuff.

    • Dan Smith

      God will judge all in the end… and no one will escape it…

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Amen. All Western Christians must battle against the godless Western culture’s crimes against global children until Jesus returns.

  • Johndoe

    Although I think the decision is ridiculous, it’s their right to do so.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Agreed.

      • RWH

        Actually, in 1993, a number of TV stations, especially those in Kansas where I came from, refused to air NYPD Blue because of the partial nudity. They certainly had a right to do so, but public pressure forced them to air the first two to three episodes not shown and to continue showing the episodes. Concerning this theater, it depends on their contract. They have a right not to show a particular movie, and if they are in violation of their contract, their distributer has the right not to send them anymore movies since they breached the contract.

    • Nedd Kareiva

      So you and Ambulance Chaser believe this theater has a right not to show this rubbish? I’m shocked! I would’ve thought you would support some form of statism to force the owners to air this, the same way you both feel the Oregon bakers should be compelled to put their personal imprimatur on their creations.

      • Johndoe

        You can’t force a theater to show anything. However, the Kleins are a business that functions under laws and regulations. They offer wedding cakes to everyone except that one couple. They had no right to discriminate in the way that they did.

      • This style 10/6

        Those bakers had the option to not offer wedding cakes. That would have kept them out of trouble.

        In fact they have done very well out of it as crowd funding has more than covered their fine.

        • Dan Smith

          Wrong as usual, they said they would not CATER the event… They would have made the cake… Do research so you do not sound so ignorant in your responses…

          • This style 10/6

            Nit pick away. They believed they could discriminal with impunity.

            Of course they could, as they raised nearly half a million to pay $135,000 fine. I think I’ll start to deny people cakes.

          • Tangent002

            No, that was not the case. Sweet Cakes by Melissa was never asked to cater the event. Even if they had been, refusal would still be a violation of Oregon law.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        What law do you believe says that?

    • Tangent002

      I’m not sure why they decided to make an announcement about it, though. Is there a GoFundMe campaign in the offing?

  • The General

    America in the sewer. In the 1960s and 1970s, when movies were getting trashier and trashier, our parents were always excited – “Hey, a new Disney movie! We can take the kids!”

    • Ambulance Chaser

      And you can take the kids to this one too.

      • Dan Smith

        Not if you are born again you can’t…

      • Robert

        Your queer kid perhaps but only if you hate him.

    • Tangent002

      Folks complained about ‘Fantasia’ when it first came out.

  • Ginger

    Wormwood at work. 2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. [KJV] This one is given much power during this flesh age, but his defeat is already written. The reason Yĕhowshuwa ha mashiyach Christ came to walk in the flesh was to sign his death warrant, he is the son of perdition the only one specifically named to perish. Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; [KJV] We will get to see his demise in the lake of fire when we are ALL in spiritual bodies.

    • Johndoe

      I will not eat them with a fox.
      I will not eat them in a box.
      I will not eat them on a train.
      I will not eat them in the rain.
      I will not eat green eggs and ham.
      I do not like them Sam I Am!

      Dr Seuss.

      • Jason Todd

        Blocked.

        Jason Todd

        • Johndoe

          Poor widdle baby.

      • Ginger

        You have been warned. I can dust off my sandals. Christ speaking Mark 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, that for that city. [this can also be directed individually, it is getting too late in the game to be flippant, when does the day of judgment begin at the Millennial reign of Jesus return at the second advent 7th seal, 7th vial, 7th trump]

  • Amos Moses

    ABC can’t be accused of underplaying When We Rise, its eight-hour drama miniseries chronicling the struggles and setbacks of LGBT activists in the 20th century.

    Some thought the show, created by award-winning gay activist Dustin Lance Black and aired on four nights this week, goes out of its way to portray middle America as intolerant homophobes. When We Rise received saturation ad coverage during the Oscars ahead of its premiere this week, to the extent that one Twitter commentator joked that if he drunk alcohol every time he saw an advert for the show, he’d be dead by the end of the Academy Awards broadcast.

    But part one of When We Rise flopped on Monday. As a result, ABC rescheduled Modern Family to run just before the second installment to boost ratings. However, viewership of the second part fell almost 1 million viewers from its premiere, netting an audience of only 2.05 million on Wednesday, which is pathetic for prime-time slot on a commercial TV network.

    The final part of the miniseries is Friday night. (President Trump’s address to congress on Tuesday delayed the show’s transmission by a day.)

    Doubtless there will be devotees of the show who will blame the president for interrupting the flow of When We Rise, which stars Guy Pearce, Mary Louise Parker and Whoopi Goldberg.

    But its failure more likely stems from the fact that viewers don’t respond well to ‘virtue scheduling’ on TV. When We Rise at times resembled an infomercial for GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders). Even the New York Times didn’t give the show a rave—when the Grey Lady sniffs that a starry gay-rights drama “plays like a high-minded, dutiful educational video,” you know the show is in trouble.

    The marketing was also disastrous, with Lance Black coming across as vocal and passionate about his series but never seeming to make up his mind whether he wanted to appeal to Trump voters or take them on with his new creation.

    On top of the ratings failure of When We Rise, USA’s gay-murder mystery Eyewitness was canceled, and CBS’s Doubt—the first network television show to feature a trans actress (Laverne Cox) as a trans in a lead role—was dropped after just two shows. In a piece about these shows, LGBT website The Advocate noted: “In a time when LGBT rights are under attack — and myths about queer lives still influence laws related to same-sex marriage, adoption, employment, bathroom access, and so-called conversion therapy — these depictions are vital to changing hearts and minds.”

    Not as vital to TV audiences as changing the channel, it seems.

    • Dan Smith

      The ratings for this show are in the toilet… Even the gays don’t watch it

  • antifasciste

    In other, more troublesome news, people in Alabama still go to drive-in theaters.

    • Tangent002

      Come on! Drive-ins are great!

      • antifasciste

        I had many great times at drive-in theaters, during misspent youth in the 70’s.. 40 years ago! 🙂

  • Croquet_Player

    “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,” It’s obvious that the film company is NOT forcing its views on you, by the very fact that you chose not to screen the film. Film companies may make whatever films they like. And (unless they have some sort of prior contract with the distributor) theaters owners may screen what they like. Problem solved.

  • PilgrimGirl

    Totally understand; I don’t want to watch “gay moments” either but where should the line be drawn? I mean, if you’re not going to screen a movie with ANY sin in it what in the world ARE you going to show?

    • Tangent002

      Re-runs of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’?

      • Amos Moses

        there was sin on the AGS also ……..

        • Tangent002

          Well, sure. The entire town was an enabler of Otis’ sin.

          • Amos Moses

            lol … yeah … among other things ….. like when Aunt Bee and all her girls got lit ….. but did not realize it …

      • PilgrimGirl

        I get so tired of all the harping about one sin or another. There’s open sin (such as murder, adultery, etc.) but there is also secret sin (hatred, lusting, etc.). Most people, including many who are outwardly religious, focus on the outward sins but the LORD God hates and will punish ALL sin – by death. People only see what’s on the outside but God sees our heart – the source of our sin.

        • Tangent002

          Murder, sin, hatred, and lusting on The Andy Griffith Show?

          • PilgrimGirl

            Those and more…sin is what we all do, and all we do, by nature – birth, choice and practice.

          • Tangent002

            I always suspected Aunt Bea was a cold-blooded killer…

          • PilgrimGirl

            There ya go!!

          • PilgrimGirl

            Amended my initial response to your comment…

  • Tangent002

    It’s their theatre; they can show what they want. Not sure of the purpose behind announcing it, however.

  • mtman2

    Huh’ ” …realizing he has these feelings.”

    Sometimes the feelings of punching someone in the mouth or a hard kick in their rear(or worse) are realized etc etc etc.
    Maturity requires one learn to control ones feelings or else anything would go and that in society would be anarchy.
    Continually pushing the limits in societies morals doesn’t end well for it~!

  • C_Alan_Nault

    Gay is a choice