With the “Disney” brand on family movies, parents could be assured their children’s entertainment would be suitable for their age group, in a fanciful world of princesses, sorcerers, kings, singing crickets and toys that come to life.
Well, that was then. This is now.
Now it’s not quite so simple and happy. In fact, now it’s quite gay.
You might be aware “Beauty and the Beast” has been made into a live action film which will be finding its way to a screen near you very soon. However, you might want to think twice about bringing your young-uns to the movie unless you feel like having a chat about homosexuality beforehand.
The Telegraph reports Disney is to move firmly into a new era as it introduces its first “exclusively gay moment”, disclosing the new version of Beauty and the Beast will star a manservant exploring his sexuality.Oh. Great. Whatever happened to the teapot and candlestick? The live-action version of Beauty and the Beast is already on course to be the most thoroughly modern film of its kind, with star Emma Watson discussing how she made the role of Belle more feminist.
The team have now revealed one character, LeFou, will experience Disney’s first ever “gay moment” on screen, as he struggles with his feelings for ultra-macho leading man Gaston.
In an interview with Attitude magazine, director Bill Condon said: “LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston.
“He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings.
“And Josh [Gad, who plays LeFou] makes something really subtle and delicious out of it.
Watch this clip and you can decide if it is both “subtle” and “delicious.”
“And that’s what has its pay-off at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
AWESOME. Next thing you know, we’ll find Mickey is conflicted in his feelings for Pluto.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]