ByElle McFarlane, writer at
'There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.'
Elle McFarlane

Ahh , a movie in which a young girl falls in love with an aggressive bison after he traps her in his castle and in her desperation, she befriends his collection of talking inanimate objects. What the world decided to find morally objective about a movie with themes of bestiality, abuse and Stockholm Syndrome? The fact that a minor character is vaguely insinuated to be gay, of course!

With Russia giving Beauty and the Beast a 16+ rating due to the the movie being a vehicle for "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations," meaning that no children will be able to watch this children's movie, the decision to make LeFou homosexual is clearly a dangerous threat to the morality of humankind. Now however, Emma Watson who plays Belle in the movie, has weighed in on the drama.

'It’s Incredibly Subtle, To Be Perfectly Honest'

Beauty and the Beast [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
Beauty and the Beast [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Emma Watson weighed in with her side of the homosexual controversy. Being referred to as Disney's first "exclusively gay character" Emma played down the magnitude of Josh Gad's portrayal of LeFou, praising him for his nuanced performance:

“I think that what’s so fantastic about Josh’s performance is that it’s so subtle.”

What's so magical about LeFou, Watson argues, is that his feelings for Gaston are never made explicitly clear:

“It’s always like, does he idolize Gaston? Is he in love with Gaston? What’s the relationship there? And I think it’s incredibly subtle, to be perfectly honest.”

'I Think It’s Fun. I Love The Ambiguity There'

Beauty and the Beast [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
Beauty and the Beast [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]

However, Emma was quick to play down the idea that Disney's first "exclusively gay character" would have a particularly dramatic or obviously homosexual role. Due to the "subtlety" of his performance, Emma went on to state:

“I don’t want people going into this movie thinking that there’s like a huge narrative there, there really isn’t. It’s incredibly subtle, and it’s kind of a play on having the audience go, ‘Is it, or is it not?’ I think it’s fun. I love the ambiguity there.”

'Beauty And The Beast' Demonstrates That Love, Is Love

Whether you decide to be more outraged by an ambiguously gay minor character, or an abusive bestial relationship is completely your call, but if you re-read the lyrics to Beauty and the Beast's titular song, it's clear that they are just as easily applied to homosexuals as they are to heterosexual relationships because, shocker, love is love:

"Tale as old as time

True as it can be

Barely even friends

Then somebody bends


Just a little change

Small to say the least

Both a little scared

Neither one prepared

Beauty and the Beast"


Will LeFou's homosexuality be the end of morality as we know it?


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