Disney movies, known for being family friendly with very little purposeful political undertone has decided it’s time to show the world that being gay is just as normal as anything else. In the new live action Beauty and the Beast coming out this month, Gaston’s sidekick and “manservant,” LeFou, has the very first gay scene in a Disney movie.
This isn’t just a coincidence, or viewers reading too much into a scene. The film’s director, Bill Condon, confirmed that it is a purposeful moment for Disney. Condon stated:
The studio is sending out a message that this is normal and natural – and this is a message that will be heard in every country of the world, even countries where it’s still socially unacceptable or even illegal to be gay.
Like so many people struggling with their sexuality and attempting to find their place in this world, LeFou teeters back and forth from envy to attraction. Speaking about the character Condon stated:
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 realising that he has these feelings. It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.’
Belle, played by Emma Watson, is also slightly different. She is not only not animated, of course, but she is less stereotypical girl fairytale character and a stronger more feminist woman. These slight changes hopefully will be ringing a newer more refreshing era to the Disney film industry. Inclusion is vitally important in today’s vision and message to the country and its nice to see these characters embracing that.
Featured image via Disney/Youtube.