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Ala. Theater Banning 'Beauty and the Beast' Mistakenly Books Drag Queen Doc

Friday Mar 10, 2017


The drama surrounding the religious right's reaction to the subtle "gay moment" in the upcoming "Beauty and the Beast" live-action remake took an ironic twist this week. An Alabama theater that refused to screen the film on moral grounds mistakenly booked the drag queen documentary "Fierce" in its place.

The Henager Drive-In Theatre put itself in the headlines this month when management announced it pulled the screening over the revelation the Disney movie features a gay character.

"If we can not take our 11-year-old grand daughter 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," wrote theater management on the business's now deleted Facebook page.

"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 concluded.

Apparently, management didn't make good on that promise for long. According to a report in The Gaily Grind, when the theater pulled "Beauty and the Beast," the documentary "Fierce" was inadvertently booked as a replacement.

The Gaily Grind noted that the theater's owner, Carol Laney, claimed she saw the poster for "Fierce" which featured a drag queen and a dragon and thought it was a movie that would appeal to "Game of Thrones" fans.

TMZ notes that upon learning about the content in "Fierce," Laney has pulled that film as well, claiming it's not in "her comfort zone."


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