If you weren’t already hyped for the new live action Beauty and the Beast movie, here’s one more reason to be. For the first time in the history of Disney films, there is going to be a main character who is gay. In the past, there have been momentary glimpses of the LGBTQ community in Disney movies, like the man who runs the sauna in Frozen or the lesbian couple in Finding Dory. LeFou (played by Josh Gad) has an “exclusively gay scene,” according to director Bill Condon.
For those of you who don’t remember the plot of Beauty and the Beast, LeFou is Gaston’s loyal friend, his sidekick that does everything he can to please Gaston. It isn’t surprising that his character could possibly be interpreted as gay when considering LeFou leads a whole song about how amazing and muscular Gaston is. According to Condon, LeFou’s mini plot line will revolve around the discovery of his feelings for Gaston. He goes from wanting to be just like Gaston one day to wanting to kiss him the next. This is an important plot line for young members of the LGBT community, particularly because it’s showing the discovery of who LeFou really is and the struggles he faces with his sexuality.
Though we couldn’t be more proud of this new addition, this could be a risky business move for the Disney franchise. People boycotted Finding Dory when they heard that there was a lesbian couple in it. Mind you, the characters weren’t given the names and made less than a 10-second appearance. You can just imagine the outrage that some people might have over a main character not being straight.
Though merchandise sales may be affected due to a boycott, it’s very important that Disney is making a statement about the queer community considering the recent concerns surrounding LGBTQ legislation.
Condon certainly isn’t concerned about how the haters feel. “The studio is sending out a message that this is normal and natural – and this is a message that will be heard in every country of the world, even countries where it’s still socially unacceptable or even illegal to be gay,” he said to Attitude, a British gay lifestyle magazine.
This new adaption is full of modern additions that we are super excited for. Belle goes from being a beautiful bookworm to an inventor with a feminist attitude. Emma Watson has been open about how pleased she is with the new characterization of Belle as Watson an avid feminist in real life. We can’t wait to see what other new changes there will be on this classic movie. How do you feel about the latest developments? Go off in the comments.