Despite controversy, 'Beauty & the Beast' premiere sells out in Milledgeville

Beauty and the Beast sold out in Milledgeville theaters on opening night / Brittany Collins (WGXA)

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Despite the controversy of the new Disney live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast," many Milledgeville parents took their children to see it on opening night.

Some parents decided to boycott the movie when the director announced there was a homosexual moment with Gaston's sidekick, LeFou.

Parents who saw the movie on Friday night said they didn't see the big deal with it.

"She likes Belle," said mother Katherine Pope. "She likes the music. This is something we're really looking forward to for a girls night."

Pope said she liked the live-action one over the animated one she remembers.

"Things have just changed over the years," Pope said. "Everyone's experience and things are a little bit deeper now it seems."

Some people believe the "gay moment" scene is inappropriate for children, but some parents don't see it as a big of a deal.

"I don't agree that they put in the gay aspect for LeFou, but it's not going to ruin the movie," said Devin Nabors.

"This is something we can talk about when she's older," said Pope.

"I don't see it as a big deal either way," said Dedra Harvell.

Many parents were just as excited about the movie just like their kids.

"As a toddler, it was my favorite movie," Harvell said. "Growing up all I wanted to do was watch 'Beauty and the Beast'. I wanted to be Belle."

"I just remember being one of my favorites," said Kristin Meier. "I wanted to share that with her. She was the same age I was when it came out."

And for the younger girls who watched it, the main thing they loved was seeing Belle and the Beast fall in love.

"I got to see them falling in love," said Hannah Beck. "It felt like I was re-watching the old one. Watching them dance, it just reminded me of the times with my family because I go to Disney a lot."

Many people bought their tickets hours early because they knew it would sell out.

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