Disney isn’t finished when it comes to making their stance on inclusiveness known as the director of the upcoming live-action remake of the “Beauty and the Beast” classic revealed to Attitude magazine that one of the characters is “confused” about his sexuality.
“LeFou is somebody who one day wants to be Gatson,
and on another day wants to kiss Gatson.”
- Bill Codon, Director
Once Codon’s comments circulated, public backlash in all forms immediately surfaced from petitions generated by LifeStyleNews (over 100,000 signatures) and the One Million Moms organization (over 45,000 signatures) to movie theaters refusing to show the film. The Henagar Drive-In Theatre in northern Alabama released a statement on their Facebook page stating, “If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me, then we have no business showing it. We are first and foremost Christians. We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches.” Later, they deleted their post and followed by ultimately deleting their page and replaced it with a new one. Russia has even gone to the extent of giving the movie a 16+ ages only rating after pressure arose to ban the film over “perverted sexual relations.”
In addition to the frustration expressed by the film’s director concerning the overblown reaction to the character, John Gad, who plays the role of LeFou, spoke out about the uproar. He informed People magazine not only about the inclusive “never judge a book by its cover” message displayed by the movie, but that the scene that everyone is making a fuss over is “subtle but incredibly effective.”
The craziest part about this ongoing frenzy is that no one has even seen the movie yet, and it should be expected that the Disney classic will remain a non-explicit, family and kid-friendly picture. Unfortunately, it seems that everyone will just have to wait to witness the nature of the “exclusively gay moment” on March 17th when the movie opens in theaters starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as Beauty and the Beast.