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“Beauty and the Beast” will feature Disney’s first-ever “exclusively gay moment”

When it comes to theaters March 17th, Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast will include a historic gay moment for the studio.

Speaking to Attitudedirector Bill Condon there will be what he’s calling an “exclusively gay moment” for LeFou’s character.

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Attitude goes so far to say the film, which “might seem like the ultimate celebration of heterosexual love” is “actually harboring a treasure trove of gay secrets.”

LeFou, played by American actor Josh Gay, is effectively the sidekick of the film’s primary villain Gaston (Luke Evans), and a small but important subplot revolves around his sexuality.

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“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon reveals.

He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.

Listen to Gad belt out a song about Gaston in the following clip:

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  • throwslikeagirl

    What on earth is an “exclusively gay moment”?

  • tzwicky

    The name of the actor playing LeFou is Josh GAD, not Josh Gay.
    This is sooooo appalling.

  • Pistolo

    These days it’s trendy to *pretend* to be progressive when really you’re just throwing the smallest of bones at minorities and claiming it’s gold. The original writer concentrated the feelings of alienation of that of the sufferer of HIV/AIDs as well as those within the gay community on THE BEAST, on one of the MAIN characters, a ROMANTIC LEAD- not on the goofy, sycophantic sidekick of the fricken villain. They act like this is some huge gesture for them to make a fleeting, nearly pointless character gay. Meanwhile, the actor isn’t gay….the only gay actor is playing a straight character.

    It’s just sad to me that people still think gay people should identify with accessorized, peripheral characters with no impact on the plot who are only “empowered” in the meekest of ways.

  • Mr-DJ

    Annnnd…. of course he’s the stereotypical flashy Gay.

  • startenout

    Oh I didn’t realize y’all had seen this version of the movie already and were so well-versed! How were the new songs? Did they change anything?

    Wait… you haven’t?? Then how do you know WHAT they’ve done or his central it is to the plot?

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