SPOILER Warning: This post has the potential to upset both those who have not yet seen Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast and homophobes. If you fall into either category, it's probably best you show yourself out now.
OK, so you've probably read the headline and now the phrase "Fake News" is rattling around your brain, perplexed at the thought that #Disney's Beauty and the Beast live-action could feature two LGBT characters rather than the advertised one. What's hypothetically all the more baffling — read: controversial, if it's true — is that this potential LGBT character is not only the biggest asshole in the film, but the one considered the most stereotypically "manly."
The character in question? Gaston. Why? Because there's one moment in our new #BeautyAndTheBeast that is completely unnecessary if it were not to highlight a private tête-à-tête (or, head-to-head, if you wanna get kinky about it) behind closed doors. A secret romp, if you will, between Gaston and Disney's first openly gay character, LeFou. Hear me out.
Nobody Bites Like Gaston. At Least Not In Public.
See, the thing about this scene — the "Gaston" musical number — is that in the 1991 OG version, the line "In a wrestling match nobody bites like Gaston!" is paired with the wide-necked, antler-loving lunatic having a swift munch on a punters leg. In the adaptation though, Gaston doesn't nibble anything (in front of us). Instead, LeFou lifts his top to reveal a pretty savage bite mark on his lower stomach, which is not only inessential and odd, but it's a pretty intimate part of the body to bite (you're only one stop north of the final destination, after all). It also indicates that these two dudes wrestle. In private. And, to borrow a phrase from everyone's favorite bisexual Kristen Stewart, that's like, so gay, dude:
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OK, so you could argue that Gaston is just a little messed up from his time spent deep in the trenches of war (wink) and that's why he likes to fight dirty (wink), you cannot deny that it's a curious addition to the scene.
Then, during the same number as he's rattling on about being barge-sized and eating a truck-load of eggs, he picks up some townsfolk to illustrate his strength. In the original he lifts a bench with the three Bimbettes seated upon it, in the new movie he lifts two people — a woman, and a man. Could this be the perfect, subtle symbol of his repressed sexuality?
A Perfect Paragon (Of The Depraved Bisexual)
Of course, if Gaston is bisexual, his representation in the movie would be as insulting as Disney's portrayal of LeFou — whom I shan't rant about too much now but click here for a thorough NOPE about it — but that's not to say it couldn't be the case; Gaston does fit the unfortunate trope of the "Depraved Bisexual," after all.
Essentially summarized as a cold-blooded, murderous sociopath, the "Depraved Bisexual" is a classic — not to mention harmful — representation of bisexuals on screen. Portrayed as somewhat slutty, bisexuals on screen are generally shown to be extremely manipulative in nature, using their sex appeal as a means of control; increasing their power of intimidation, and to seduce new victims. Sounds a lot like Gaston, wouldn't you say?
Do you think Gaston could be bisexual?