The April issue of Attitude magazine is all about Disney’s upcoming live action remake of Beauty and the Beast. In the cover story director Bill Condon reveals that for the first time in Disney history there will be an “exclusively gay moment” involving LeFou (Josh Gad), Gaston’s sidekick.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” reveals Condon in the interview.
“He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings,” explains the filmmaker. “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.”
“It may have been a long time coming but this is a watershed moment for Disney,” adds Condon.
In the 1991 animated original LeFou is merely just Gaston’s bumbling sidekick who looks up to him—but in the new film it sounds like his feelings run deeper.
“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,” writes Attitude editor-in-chief Matt Cain. “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 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,” adds Cain.
This might be the first time that a Disney character’s homosexuality is addressed but Disney fans have been questioning the sexuality of animated characters for years like Wiggins in Pocahontas and Prince John from Robin Hood.
Maybe there’s still hope for a gay Disney prince someday?