Nick Romano
March 14, 2017 AT 10:24 AM EDT

Ewan McGregor has a short and to-the-point response to those boycotting Beauty and the Beast over LeFou’s “exclusively gay moment.”

“It’s just like, he’s a gay character and it’s 2017 for f— sake,” the actor, who plays Lumière in the film, told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Monday. “There’s a lot of gay sex in this cartoon,” he joked earlier, “and I think if you live anywhere near Alabama you should not go and see this film. What would Jesus think?”

“There’s a lot of gay sex in this cartoon,” he joked earlier about Disney’s first openly gay character, “and I think if you live anywhere near Alabama you should not go and see this film. What would Jesus think?”

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McGregor was referring to the Henagar Drive-In, the Alabama movie theater that canceled screenings of Beauty and the Beast after director Bill Condon revealed in Attitude magazine that Josh Gad’s LeFou is gay.

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” the filmmaker said. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it.”

Since then, Condon remarked the moment has been “overblown,” and McGregor’s cast mates Emma Watson, Luke Evans, and Gad all responded to the backlash.

“I don’t want people going into this movie thinking that there’s like a huge narrative there,” Watson told EW’s Anthony Breznican during an interview on SiriusXM. “There really isn’t. It’s incredibly subtle, and it’s kind of a play on having the audience go, ‘Is it, or is it not?’ I think it’s fun. I love the ambiguity there.”

Watch McGregor in the Late Show clip above.

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