Sometimes the media really gets to me…
Case in point: The current groundswell and utterly ridiculous targeting of the stunning new life-action motion picture adaptation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST starring Emma Watson that opens March 17.
For the record, I’ve seen the movie and find it to be absolutely terrific!
From the set design and story line to the showstopping production numbers, it’s ALL there in this fabulous (estimated) $160 million re-imagining of Disney’s 1991 animated classic by director Bill Condon.
Then I looked at Monday’s edition of USA TODAY where critic Brian Truitt agreed with my views in his glowing review headlined, “Rousing ‘Beast’ Is A Real Beauty.”
So far. So good.
However on page three of the entertainment sections less flattering headline:
“Gay ‘Beauty Character Sparks Backlash.”
So WHO is complaining?
Seems some Drive-In theater operator in Henagar, Alabama is claiming that Disney is “premiering its first homosexual character in the film.” And that the drive-in won’t be playing the movie.
(In all fairness sidekick Le Fou–played by Josh Gad-—lets his feelings show near the end of the film.)
It gets worse…
The Russian government is apparently considering banning the PG-rated film.
Based on a law in the former Soviet Union that prohibits gay probaganda.
Of course they haven’t seen the film yet.
Give me a break!
It’s my sincere hope that the rest of the copycat media doesn’t jump on this ridiculous bandwagon.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST deserves better as American moviegoers will discover for themselves on March 17th.
THEN we can talk about possible Oscar nominations.