#BoycottDisney campaign sparked by ‘gay moment’ in ‘Beauty & The Beast’
The film’s director Bill Condon revealed in an interview for April’s edition of Attitude Magazine that one of the characters will struggle with his sexuality and have a “gay moment” during the eagerly-anticipated movie.
The character LeFou, sidekick to the film’s chief antagonist Gaston, grapples with his sexuality and his powerful feelings for meathead Gaston, according to the director.
"LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon said to Attitude. "He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realising that he has these feelings. It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
Attitude Editor-in-Chief Matt Cain welcomed the news, describing it as a “landmark moment” for LGBT representation in the media.
“It may have been a long time coming but this is a watershed moment for Disney,” Cain said.
"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 – 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.”
The classic Disney story tells the tale of a young woman who falls in love with a beast while trapped in his castle. In the original animated film, LeFou’s biggest scene comes when he sings “Gaston”, an ode to his super-macho friend.
Disney will release its first "gay LOVE moment" in the upcoming beauty and the beast 😍😍😍 Disney is gonna make history with that scene.— ♡ Ɠuƨ ♡ (@Chiibunniie) March 1, 2017
A brief clip of the new film shows LeFou, wearing a pink neck bow, singing the song in a flamboyant manner in a packed pub.
However, not everyone is happy with the development as a movement to boycott Disney has been launched on Twitter. Some users took issue with the portrayal of a gay scene in a film aimed at children.
Regrettably I will have to #BoycottDisney. I love gay people but I don't support this agenda being shoved in kid's faces— MAGAgirl34 (@AmyBelmonte) March 1, 2017
Some were also critical of Disney for choosing a portray LeFou as gay when he clearly plays a subservient role to Gaston and questioned the message that sends to young gay kids.
Gaston mistreats Lefou constantly, some may even say it's abuse - what a horrible message to send to young kids that he's in LOVE with him— Klaudia Amenábar (@kaludiasays) March 1, 2017
A subplot exploring the toxic masculine friendship of Gaston & LeFou would have been more interesting, but sure, we'll take a Token Gay.— Philip Ellis (@Philip_Ellis) March 1, 2017