An attorney in Mississippi who identifies as homosexual has shared his concerns that the gay themes in Disney productions are destroying the innocence of children.
In a column published in the Orlando Sentinel last week, Joseph R. Murray II said that the production company has strayed away from Walt Disney's original objective to "entertain children."
"Disney characters were about hope, optimism and, above all else, making sure children were able to enjoy their innocence for as long as the outside world would permit. And Disney understood that part of its mission was to provide a buffer for as long as possible," he wrote.
The attorney complained that Disney no longer sees itself as a "defender of children's innocence," and it has become increasingly involved in political activism.
Murray cited a recent episode of "Star vs. the Forces of Evil," which featured gay and lesbian characters kissing during a boy band concert. He also mentioned the live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast," which is said to include a "gay moment."
In an interview with Attitude last month, Director Bill Condon described LeFou, the sidekick of the movie's protagonist Gaston, as "somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston."
Condon's revelation has caused some conservative leaders in the U.S. to call for a boycott of the film.
In Russia, ministers urged government officials to consider banning the film if it was found to be in violation of the country's "gay propaganda" law. However, Vyacheslav Telnov, head of the Culture Ministry's film unit, said that the distribution license for the film will be issued without any problems.
Murray noted that the upcoming film is different from the animated version, but he expressed his concern that it will still attract young kids.
"[W]hy do we have to expose our kids to such mature themes? Do they not have plenty of time to grow up?" he asked.
Apart from his work as an attorney, Murray also served as the administrator for "LGBTrump," a group that supports President Donald Trump with a focus on homosexual issues.