Over the past several years, Disney has made great strides in being more progressive and diverse when it comes to its movies and characters. We’ve seen princesses gradually change from fragile flowers needing rescuing, to strong, independent women fully capable of getting the job done themselves. Yet Disney has never boasted an openly gay character before, no matter how much some of us would have liked to have seen Elsa with a girlfriend. That is, until now. It seems the live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast will feature Disney’s first openly gay character – LeFou.
The news comes to us from director Bill Condon, who is an openly gay man himself. In an interview with Attitude magazine, Condon stated the matter quite bluntly:
“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. 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.”
Josh Gad, the actor portraying LeFou, seems a good choice for the role. As we’ve only seen short clips of the character, it’s difficult to say exactly how he will take on the new level of the relationship between Gaston and himself, but we can see a bit of what it may be like in the clip released of LeFou singing the classic song ‘Gaston’:
We’re not quite sure what the exclusively gay moment will be as that information hasn’t been forthcoming. Perhaps Gaston will get married after all, to a very different beauty!
So, what do you think of the new development? How else would you like to see Disney show diversity? Let us know in the comments!