"BEAUTY" & BEASTS & QUEERS & KIKES

"BEAUTY" & BEASTS & QUEERS & KIKES

‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ SET TO MAKE DISNEY HISTORY WITH GAY CHARACTER

Attitude, Mar 1, 2017

Attitude Beauty and the Beast

[The Kike's] Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast has quickly become one of the most eagerly anticipated movies in history.

While the reimagined romantic classic, featuring Emma Watson and former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens, might seem like the ultimate celebration of heterosexual love, it’s actually harbouring a treasure trove of gay secrets – and is set to make history with Disney’s first ever “exclusively gay moment” on film.

Director Bill Condon [queer] reveals the heartbreaking true story that helped shape the 1991 film, and how it inspired him to create a character who would break new ground when it comes to LGBT visibility on screen.

Played by US actor Josh Gad [Afghani Kike, Joshua Ilan Gad], the character of LeFou serves as the sidekick to the film’s primary antagonist Gaston (Luke Evans [queer]), and is set to feature in a significant subplot of his own when it comes to his sexuality.

Kike Josh Ilan Gad

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” reveals Condon. “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.”

Attitude editor-in-chief Matt Cain has welcomed the news as a landmark moment for LGBT representation.

“It may have been a long time coming but this is a watershed moment for Disney,” he says. “By representing same-sex attraction in this short but explicitly gay scene, 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. It’s only a first step towards creating a cinematic world that reflects the one in which many of us are now proud to live. But it’s a step in the right direction and I applaud Disney for being brave enough to make it – and in doing so hopefully helping to change attitudes and bring about real social progress.”

The film’s leads Emma Watson and Dan Stevens discuss the underlying queer sensibility which helped make 1991’s cartoon iteration of Beauty and the Beast resonate so profoundly with many gay men.

“I think it was really important for Dan and I to develop and understand why each of our characters feel as if they don’t fit in,” says Emma. “I certainly felt watching the original that I wanted to know more about why Belle feels that she’s different and why she wants to be different and why she’s naturally different.”

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