Beauty And The Beast, a film that depicts the blossoming relationship of a young woman imprisoned by a beastly creature, has recently drawn immense controversy surrounding the sexuality of a secondary character. The news that Gaston's sidekick, LeFou, will be #Disney's first ever gay character caused a movie theater in Alabama to ban viewings of the film at their theater and moved many others to call for a boycott of the live-action adaptation.
#JoshGad, the actor who playes LeFou in the film, recently spoke out against this controversy and reveals why the film is such an important watch for viewers today.
"The Film Is One Of Inclusiveness"
Gad, who portrays the loyal sidekick at the heart of the controversy, shut down the criticism of his character’s sexuality, noting that the “film is one of inclusiveness" and that it has "something to offer everyone.” In the film, LeFou has a crush on his pal, the handsome, self-absorbed villain Gaston and LeFou has what Gad calls a “subtle but incredibly effective” scene during the film’s finale that hints at a happily ever after.
The #Frozen star went on to add:
“There is so much fear out there of that which we don’t understand, that which we don’t know... [You] have a character in Gaston who uses his charm offensive to whip other people into a frenzy to go and attack somebody they’ve never met. Somebody that’s different. Somebody that only represents a danger because [Gaston] says that he represents a danger.”
He added that a central theme of the film and story - originally written 300 years ago - is to “never to judge a book by its cover,” making it particularly ironic that so many are commenting on the film before having seen it.
What Others Think Of The LeFou Controversy
There are many that certainly have their own feelings and beliefs when it comes to how Disney is handling this controversy and they have taken to Twitter to post their opinions on the issue.
Sarcasm Is The Key To Everything
Many resort to trusty ol' sarcasm to attempt to understand this controversy, stating how unbelievably terrible it is for a film to feature a gay character while depicting the love between a woman and "horned wolf-bear."
Questioning The Logistics Of The Love Between Belle/Beast
Tyler Oakley and Bambi St Jay point out the oddity of a young woman falling in love with "a buffalo" yet the inclusion of a gay character seems to be the breaking point for many.
A Suggestion Given For Another Gay Couple Rather Than LeFou/Gaston
I actually have to agree with this one. Cogsworth and Lumiere, voiced by #SirIanMcKellen and #EwanMcGregor respectively, could have easily been a double whammy for the powerhouse studio: the first gay, inanimate object couple!
Referring Back To The Original "Gaston" Song
These posters bring up the original 1991 #AcademyAward-winning film and how #LeFou, animated or not, was clearly into Gaston without having to shout it from the rooftops - rather than shouting it, he sang it.
Beauty And The Beast stars #EmmaWatson, #DanStevens, #LukeEvans, Josh Gad, and features the voice talents of Sir Ian McKellen, #EmmaThompson and Ewan McGregor. The film releases in theaters on March 17th, 2017.
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