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Disney sketched a grey character as gay in ‘Beauty and the Beast’


The first step towards designing a cinematic euphoria has been taken by Disney. By representing a subtle same gender attraction moment is to send out a message that this is a natural emotion. The message will be witnessed by people living in places that haven’t socially accepted gays or is considered illegal to be involved with the same sex.

Audra MacDonalds, the Tony-winning Broadway actress who plays a supporting character in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ quoted, “LGBTQ people have always existed, inter racial couples have always existed. And now they’re shining light on it. So they’re just representing the world the way it actually is and I think that’s spectacular and necessary.”

‘Beauty and the beast’ has been recreated multiple times over the years. The recent adaptation has caught wind of a particular scene where a gay moment is portrayed. Hearing this, Alabama Drive-In theater decided to cancel plans to broadcast this film.

The disputed scene involves the characters of LeFou (Josh Gad) and the love-struck sidekick villain Gaston (Luke Evans). After much has been spoilt, it is safe to say that LeFou has spent more than half of the film held captive by Gaston. Towards the end, there is a brief moment that the two share – where the same sex involvement is construed.

The cast and director of the film have confirmed the gay interpretation. At the premiere, Josh gad, the lead actor talked about the scene in spotlight. He mentioned that Bill Condon (Director) has done an amazing job of providing the opportunity and direction to showcase a different flair to the original version. This bit makes the character more natural and real but creates complexities as well. He also said that he was incredibly proud of that moment. It is subtle but very effective.

The film is slated for release on March 17. The much talked about scene barely lasts for a few seconds but the portrayal is too subtle that an ill timed conversation or a glance away from the scene; can lead you to sail over it without noticing it.