At the beginning of March, live-action Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon confirmed that Gaston's wacky sidekick LeFou aspired to more than mere hero worship, becoming Disney's first openly gay character. While there's plenty to critique about how LeFou (played by Josh Gad) is represented in the film, there's no question that the exclusion of #LGBT characters in Disney movies has been a point of contention for years and many were happy to see it finally addressed, hailing it as a step in the right direction for #Disney — although there's sadly and predictably been plenty of homophobic backlash.
Some cast members of #BeautyAndTheBeast have come out in support of the character, and now Ewan McGregor (who plays the beloved talking candelabra Lumière) has added his voice in support. On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, McGregor was asked about the controversy, at first responding sarcastically:
“There’s lots of gay of sex in it… there’s A LOT of gay sex in this cartoon. And I think if you live anywhere near Alabama, you should not go and see this film. What would Jesus think?”
But in the end, he added in exasperation:
“It’s just like… he’s a gay character. It’s 2017 for f*cks sake.”
Preach, Ewan! Sadly, there are still a lot of people out there who prefer to get worked up about a gay character in a Disney movie rather than, say, their own healthcare system.
Catch the full interview with Colbert below:
Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast also stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Luke Evans as Gaston. It opens nationwide on March, 17.
Are you just as exasperated as Ewan McGregor about the backlash to LeFou being gay?