The openly homosexual director of Disney’s live action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” once stated during an interview that he wished he could say he was like “Lord of the Rings” star Ian McKellen, who has admitted to ripping Leviticus 18:22 out of hotel Bibles because of its prohibition of homosexual sex acts.
“What is first thing you do when you get into a hotel room?” Bill Condon was asked in 2012 by the homosexual travel magazine Passport, as first noted by the Daily Wire.
“I wish I could say I’m like Ian McKellen and immediately go rip pages out of the Bible,” he replied, “but there don’t seem to be Bibles in the hotel rooms I stay in these days. So it’s figuring out how to get online.”
Ian McKellen, also an open homosexual, is known for his role as the wizard Gandalf in “Lord of the Rings.” He has acknowledged on several occasions that when staying in hotel rooms, he rips Leviticus 18:22 out of the Bible.
“I heard you like to rip out the passage in the Bible that condemns homosexuality as a sin,” Vanity Fair noted to McKellen in 2011.
“I do, yes. It’s Leviticus 18:22 that I object to. And I only do it when I’m in a hotel room and there’s a Bible in the drawer next to the bed. I don’t want those nasty, homophobic sentences lying within 12 inches of my head,” he said.
“You don’t have a problem with the rest of Leviticus?” the outlet inquired.
“I don’t mind there being injunctions against eating shellfish or the injunctions against wearing [linen] and wool [blended] clothing. I only get offended when it suggests that men shouldn’t make love to each other,” McKellen replied.
He also told Details Magazine in 2009 that he has influenced others to do the same.
“I got delivered a package of 40 of those pages … that had been torn out by a married couple I know. They put them on a bit of string so that I could hang it up in the bathroom,” McKellen stated.
The “Lord of the Rings” star is also featured in “Beauty and the Beast,” as he plays the role of Cogsworth. In speaking about the controversy over the Disney film during its New York premiere this week, he opined that the homosexuality in the production is “a very small moment in the movie and nobody should get too excited.”
However, he also quipped that the movie is “another gay extravaganza” for him and director Bill Condon.
As previously reported, Condon told the outlet “Attitude” last month that in his live remake of the story, which opened in theaters on Friday, the character LeFou has a “gay moment” with 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.”
Family groups have called for a boycott of Disney over the matter, including One Million Moms, which has over 62,000 signatures on its petition as of press time.
Colorado Christian University is also circulating a petition, which reads in part, “We will not allow you to bully us into going against our Biblically-based beliefs in natural marriage, and we will certainly not let you circumvent us as leaders of our families to force these beliefs on the impressionable young minds of our children.”
“Beauty and the Beast” tells the story of an arrogant prince who falls under a magical spell, as he is transformed by an enchantress to live as a beast until he learns how to fall in love. He is given a magical rose, and told that if he does not find love before the last petal falls, he will remain a beast and not a man forever. The prince’s servants are also turned into animated objects by the female sorcerer.