The age old troupe of the vulnerable princess being rescued by a brave and noble prince has long been challenged in films such as Mulan, Brave and Frozen. But never before has a Disney movie shown an act of gay love between characters.
That’s about to change in the live-action remake of Beauty And The Beast, which, director Bill Condon has confirmed, will contain the film giant’s first “exclusively gay moment”.
Speaking to Attitude magazine, Condon said: “LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Bill explained.
“He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings,” he added. “And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it.
“And that’s what has its pay-off at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
LeFou will be played by Josh Gadd in the film, while Luke Evans takes on the role of evil man crush Gaston.
Matt Cain, the editor-in-chief of Attitude, applauded Disney for making a set in the right direction for LGBT diversity in films.
“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,” he said.
The news comes after Disney aired its first ever same-sex kiss in a cartoon. The Disney XD show Star vs the Forces of Evil featured the main characters Star and Marco going to a concert together. When the boyband start playing a song called ‘Just Friends’, the audience start kissing, including a gay couple sat on the bottom right:
Long may the equal loving continue!