Beauty and the Beast Director: Stop Calling My Movie Gay!
Disney’s live-action version of Beauty and the Beast has been making waves all weekend. Beauty and the Beast went all gangbusters opening day, making nearly $30 million worldwide in just a few hours. The film was making history long before opening day, however, when director Bill Condon revealed that Beauty and the Beast will include Disney’s first gay character EVER!Sorry, buddy…
Bill Condon and Disney announced weeks ago that Beauty and the Beast’s gay character was none other than LeFou, the bumbling sidekick of Gaston. Condon and the leftist media spent weeks hyping the fact that Beauty and the Beast would be the first Disney movie ever to have a “big gay moment” between the two of them. Condon and the cast were perfectly happy to wallow in the adulation that came from being homoerotic pioneers. Now that Beauty and the Beast is out in theaters, though, it seems that Bill Condon is…well, just a little fed up with all this gay nonsense:
Bill Condon is getting tired of everyone talking about his new film’s “gay moment.”
The director of the live-action remake of Disney’s fairy tale classic, “Beauty and the Beast,” told Vulture that he’s had enough of discussing the sexuality of Gaston’s sidekick LeFou, played by Josh Gad, which is the character that the moment features.
“Can I just say, I’m sort of sick of this,” explained the 61-year-old to the publication. “Because you’ve seen the movie — it’s such a teeny thing, and it’s been overblown.”
When the writer asked for Condon’s interpretation of the headline-making scene, he quickly dismissed the question, instead insisting that viewers should see the scene for themselves to better make sense of it.
“Well, people haven’t seen the movie,” he said. “They have to see the movie, and they’ll understand that it’s not what it’s about.”
“Hey guys! My new Disney movie totally has a gay character and a big gay moment in it! How great am I???”
*flash forward a few weeks later*
“Okay guy, okay, yeah Beauty and the Beast has a gay character…but let’s stop talking about it…guys?”
Bill Condon isn’t the only one who was more than a little annoyed with Beauty and the Beast’s “gay character.” More than a few leftist blogs were upset with it as well. The Huffington Post felt that Beauty and the Beast’s gay tribute was fairly underwhelming:
Of course, there is no sex in “Beauty and the Beast.” There isn’t even a kiss. The manservant LeFou flirts with Gaston and later waltzes with another man for all of 3 seconds. That is the extent of the so-called gay subplot. (Spoiler alert?)
Wait isn’t that kind of like the original, animated version? Minus the dancing with another man thing of course.
Ultra-leftist blog Polygon was positively outraged that Disney’s first openly gay character was a villain. And a pretty crappy one at that. They blasted the “queer-coding” of Disney villains that has, apparently, continued unabated for decades:
I know, I know…okay, I’ll tell them, but I don’t think it’ll do any good…
This isn’t the first time Disney has placed LGBT characters as the enemy. (Though this isn’t just Disney — the trope has existed for years and transcends hundreds of different mediums.) The queer-coding of Disney villains has been under debate amongst Disney fanatics for years, with Jafar of Aladdin and Scar from The Lion King as two commonly-cited examples. While never directly stated, many of these villains have been drawn and voiced to mimic the body language and manner of speech of stereotypically feminine men and drag queens. The Little Mermaid’s Ursula has a resemblance to the famous drag queen Divine that’s been remarked upon plenty — even by her creators. As many still equate femininity in men with homosexuality, equating it with villainy as well sends an odd and damaging message to children.
For the record, Beauty and the Beast isn’t the first Disney movie to feature a truly gay character. Oaken, the quirky owner of Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post in the annoyingly popular Frozen is very clearly gay…and he has a husband and kids:
BAM! Suck on THAT LeFou!
Personally I have no sympathy for Bill Condon. If you didn’t want people discussing your movie’s “big gay moment” that turned out to be a “big gay nothingburger” then don’t hype the crap out of it.
Or at least don’t get upset when the “big gay moment” turns out to be all anyone wants to talk about.