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One Million Moms Urges Parents to Stay Home for Premiere of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 3:29 PM

TUPELO, Miss.—For months, many families were looking forward to the premiere of Disney’s new live-action film, “Beauty and the Beast,” which tells the story of bookish Belle and her many adventures on the way to finding love.

But just before the big debut, Disney came out with some big news. One of the movie’s characters, LeFou, will have an “exclusively gay moment,” according to the film’s director, Bill Condon. Gaston’s bumbling sidekick is Disney’s first openly gay character, and now, parents are forced to either allow the entertainment industry to teach their kids about what’s accepted in society or choose to skip the film altogether.

One Million Moms (1MM, www.onemillionmoms.com), a division of the American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net), is encouraging the latter.

“This is the last place parents would expect their children to be confronted with content regarding sexual orientation,” said One Million Moms Director Monica Cole. “Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon. It is extremely common yet unnecessary. Disney has decided to be politically correct versus providing family-friendly entertainment. Disney should stick to entertaining instead of pushing an agenda. Conservative families need to urge Disney to avoid mature and controversial topics.”

For one of its current campaigns, One Million Moms is asking families to spread the word that Disney is pushing the LGBT agenda on families, and particularly children. The 1MM Disney Pledge has more than 62,000 signatures, just days before the movie’s opening date on Friday. Take action here to sign the pledge (text below) and share with family and friends.

To Disney:

I do not agree with the LGBT agenda you are pushing on families and children. You will not have my support as long as you continue to veer away from family-friendly entertainment.

Actor Josh Gad, who plays LeFou in the movie, has said he’s “very proud” to play Disney’s first openly gay character and that LeFou’s story will be subtle during the film’s finale. Disney’s “Finding Dory” also briefly depicted a lesbian couple in one scene.

For more information on One Million Moms, visit www.onemillionmoms.com, or the American Family Association website at www.afa.net; follow AFA on Facebook or on Twitter @AmericanFamAssc. Read more about AFA here.

 

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