Disney’s First Gay Character In ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Could Be More Problematic Than Praiseworthy

Ever since Elsa belted “Let It Go” in Frozen, it seems like social media users have been begging Disney to put some gay characters in their films.

It looks like Disney listened and fans finally got their wish.

Sneak peeks of Disney’s new live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast have had the world shaking in anticipation for months now.

Well the wait almost is over, and a recent announcement has brought some more exciting news!

In an interview with Attitude Magazine, director Bill Condon reveals the film will feature an “exclusive gay moment,” the first ever in a Disney movie.

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Gaston’s scraggly sidekick, LeFou, will have some kind of romantic feelings toward his handsome boss.

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon told Attitude Magazine. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings.”

From the clip, it’s surprisingly easy to imagine LeFou’s infatuation with our cheeky antagonist.

Condon is excited to present the historic character arc. “By representing same-sex attraction in this short but explicitly gay scene, the studio is sending out a message that this is normal and natural.”

Many people were thrilled to hear the latest Disney development.

 

 

While some people weren’t quite sure how to react…

 

On one hand, I welcome gay characters in all forms of media because it works to normalize queerness, especially in making children feel less like outsiders. It certainly would’ve done wonders for me growing up if I was able to watch people like me on television. On the other hand, the LeFou character is the assistant to the villain of the film and isn’t exactly shown in a positive light. Disney has an ugly history of queering villains with gay stereotypes, so people are understandably worried that their first queer character will be cliche or exploitative.

It looks like we’ll just have to wait and see. Beauty and the Beast hits a theater near you on March 17th.

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