There has been a lot of controversy about Disney's upcoming live action version of Beauty and the Beast. Unlike the original, this one will portray LeFou, Gaston's sidekick, as being gay.
Bill Condon, the director, gave a very proud interview about the pro-LGBT message in the film.
"He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh [who plays LeFou] makes something really subtle and delicious out of it."
"And that's what has its payoff at the end, which I don't want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie."
Now, after considerable backlash from parents and Christians, Condon is trying to backtrack and downplay the LGBT message. In a recent interview for damage control, Condon calls the upset "overblown" and wishes he never hinted at the gay moment in the first place.
“I wish it were — I love the way it plays pure when people don’t know and it comes as a nice surprise,” he said.
Major faith leaders, like Franklin Graham, have come out in strong disapproval of the movie and have encouraged a Christian boycott. The disappointment with Disney is resonating, as already over 100,000 have signed a petition on Life Site News against the company.
Graham urged on Facebook: “I hope Christians everywhere will say no to Disney. I met Walt Disney when I was a young boy — he was very gracious to me, my father Billy Graham, and my younger brother when we visited. He would be shocked at what has happened to the company that he started.”
Now, news has come out on exactly how LeFou will be portrayed as gay, reports Life Site News.
"For approximately four seconds, in a ballroom full of swirling male and female dancers who are changing partners, a young man whirls into the surprised Le Fou’s arms, and they dance happily away together. He does appear to be the first character acknowledged as gay in a Disney movie, whether animated or live-action, though rumors have long buzzed about Timon and Pumbaa in The Lion King and others."
"Earlier scenes suggest Le Fou’s sexual uncertainty. He dances mincingly around a tavern during the song 'Gaston,' then gives his idol a shoulder rub while singing his praises to assembled townspeople. A bit later in that number, he spins across the room and lands on the reclining Gaston’s lap, wrapping Gaston’s arms around him. 'Too much?' he asks. The startled Gaston (Luke Evans) nods."
"A trailer released for the new Beauty and the Beast film blatantly suggests LeFou’s flirtation with same-sex attraction, as he dances and sings, praising Gaston in campy fashion."
The movie has already been boycotted from one theater in Alabama and may be banned in all of Russia. Many parents are hoping Disney hears the message loud and clear.
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