Beauty and the Beast creators have prompted uproar, after it was revealed that the live-action remake would feature an exclusively gay moment for ‘the first time in Disney history.’
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon said.
Since his announcement, Russian MPs and Christian-run cinemas in America have threatened to boycott the film because of its inclusion of a gay character. Christian owners of a cinema in rural Alabama said they would only show “family-orientated films” so its customers were “free to come watch wholesome movies without worrying about sex, nudity, homosexuality, and foul language.”
Meanwhile Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky is facing mounting pressure to assess whether the film violates the country’s controversial ‘gay propaganda’ law which prohibits children from material “advocating for a denial of traditional family values.”
One thing that seems to have been overlooked by critics of the film’s gay sub-plot, however, is the films main storyline that sees Belle, the protagonist, fall in love with a buffalo.
The studio’s ‘first’ LGBT character was monumental, but the amount of controversy surrounding the character has forced the Beauty and the Beast director to comment on the public meltdown saying it’s “all been overblown.”
Bill Condon, who also directed Dreamgirls and two of The Twilight Saga movies, recently sat down with a reporter to speak about the huge amount of attention surrounding the scene.
LeFou, Disney’s first openly gay character, is played by actor Josh Gad, who is best known for voicing the beloved snowman Olaf in the blockbuster cartoon Frozen.
The movie has been at the centre of huge public debate since the scene was announced.