“Beauty And The Beast” To Feature Disney’s First Openly Gay Character

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In transforming the classic Disney animated film “Beauty and the Beast” to live-action, they are doing more than developing a strong visual style that will make a statement. Revealed exclusively to British gay lifestyle magazine Attitude, the character of LeFou – Gaston’s sidekick, played by Josh Gad – will be openly gay.

It’s a first for the studio to feature an openly gay character in a fairytale film. While Disney has hinted at a few gay characters in the past, such as Oaken in “Frozen,” it’s all been relegated to subtext. LeFou’s sexuality will be prominent, according to director Bill Condon. “LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” reveals Condon to Attitude.

“He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh 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.”

Josh Gad, of course, famously voiced Olaf the lovable snowman in “Frozen” for Disney, has now embraced an opportunity to embody what will soon be another legendary performance.

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10 thoughts on ““Beauty And The Beast” To Feature Disney’s First Openly Gay Character

  1. I can’t believe how uptight people still are on most “issues.”
    Love is love.
    Whoever taught you that it’s wrong for people of the same sexual orientation to like and love one another LIED to you. They were wrong. I’m sorry you grew up so FUCKING PRUDISH, but get over yourselves.
    Bravo, Disney. Bravo! 👍👏👏👏👏👏

  2. Did you stop your children from watching The Little Mermaid because Ariel ran away from home? Did you stop them from watching The Lion King because murder was committed? How about Finding Nemo because Nemo defied his father? Did you not realize that Mulan was a cross dresser so she can join the army because they did not accept women? Cinderella snuck out of the house to go to a ball after her step mother told her she could not go. Did you have to have a conversation with your children after any of these movies because they noticed these things? Did you even notice these things? My point is that every Disney movie has something that as adults we see but kids don’t realize it. I have always wondered if that was the case with LeFou when I saw the cartoon. I’m glad that Disney is showing how love is love no matter whom you love. If you have not taught your child at a young age that Love is love, then shame on you. GET OVER IT. DONT SEE THE MOVIE OR TAKE YOUR KIDS TO IT. NO LOSS TO DISNEY! I just feel sorry for the children that are being sheltered from this.

  3. This goes completely against the storyline gaston isn’t suppose to be gat I mean seriously the whole point of the film is that gaston wants belle so how can he all of a sudden be like oh I don’t want her after fighting the beast and going through all that trouble and in the classic gaston falls to his death I may go see it but when that “moment” happens I will leave the theater. I hope to god Disney takes this into consideration that they will lose a lot of people I just hope to god they don’t do anything like this at any of there theme parks or cruises I’m all for everyone having there rights but I don’t want to see gay men kissing I don’t even like straight people kissing in public but I don’t want my niece to see that at age 5 yea I understand everyone has rights but so do we and this is just my opinion but seriously if you’re gonna redo a classic don’t change something that big in the story if you wanna do that make a new movie but don’t do it to a classic beauty and the beast was my favorite and now I can’t even go see it without being uncomfortable and knowing that Disney didn’t stay true to the original movie

  4. This is an adaptation of a children’s animated movie therefore it was COMPLETELY inappropriate for to put it in a live action version that these same children will want to see. Children should not have to deal with sexual issues, they should be CHILDREN. Now I will have to wait for more detailed reviews and releases of scenes to know if it is appropriate for her to see. I don’t know how I will explain to her if it is not. Thanks Disney for putting parents in a horrible position. A political issue regarding sexuality issues should have never overridden what was best for a family oriented film. Very selfish. This was the only thing my daughter asked for, for her birthday, to go see Beauty and the Beast.

  5. Not cool!! Anna and Kristoff never kissed. I thought that was a great way to show romantic interest, but not start introducing sexuality two young children. I was was proud of Disney doing that. Why do they now have to go in the opposite direction and show two men kissing??

  6. “Family Values” is the first holler we hear. Gay people have families too. SMH. Good for you, Disney Studios!

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