The BIG Problem With Disney’s First Ever Out Gay Character
Caution: Spoilers for Beauty and the Beast below…
Bill Condon, director of the new live action version of Beauty and the Beast, starring the gorgeous Emma Watson, made headlines when he divulged to Attitude Magazine that there would be an ‘exclusively gay moment’ in BATB.
What a time for the LGBT community, to be recognised in a Disney film. It was a joyous thought. He mentioned the moment having something to do with ‘Lefou’; one of the characters from the original movie, who is infatuated with Gaston.
“It’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings. Josh [Gad] makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its pay-off at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
The only problem? The ‘moment’ failed to live up to expectation.
In fact, if you weren’t warned it would happen beforehand, you may miss it altogether.
Throughout the movie, LeFou dotes on Gaston as he did in the 1991 animated version, but the big moment comes at the end of the movie, when LeFou sees the error of Gaston’s ways and reforms.
During the finale ballroom scene, after LeFou has joined up with Team Belle, LeFou dances with a man. That’s it! I mean, it’s a start, but nowhere near where they should be, given how progressive the world around Disney is becoming.
Even the mention that LeFou might be gay caused one U.S. theatre in Alabama to pull the movie from the schedule, because god forbid children see two men dancing.