Disney have remade this classic tale and all the teasers look epic – so why is it then, that people are already refusing to go and boycotting the brand altogether?
Allow me to explain. The new Beauty & The Beast movie out next week (I actually can’t wait) has an openly gay character in it, in the form of Gaston’s right hand man LeFou.
Now, if you ask me, this is a genius progression of the original story from the 1991 animation. It was pretty obvious to me that LeFou (who adored and worshipped Gaston) was head over heels in love with him so this, to me, only adds more to the existing storyline and character pool. Not to mention the social progression this heralds with LeFou being disney’s first ever gay character!
Not everyone agrees with me however and in fact – the movie is being boycotted by masses of people who are offended by the ‘gay propaganda’ therein!
An Alabama theatre is refusing to show the movie, right-wing group One Million Mums is up in arms over it and a well known Mummy Blogger has broken the internet by stating how she has cancelled her Disney holiday – to the loss of $6000!!!!
It is fair to say that this has caused quite a kerfuffle and ruffled a few feathers but for of those of you who, like me, are extremely excited about the inclusiveness of this moment, heed the star of the movie Emma Watson’s warning, or you may be let down….
The actress told an Entertainment Weekly recently “I think that what’s so fantastic about Josh’s performance is that it’s so subtle. It’s always like, does he idolize Gaston? Is he in love with Gaston? What’s the relationship there? And I think it’s incredibly subtle, to be perfectly honest. I don’t want people going into this movie thinking that there’s like a huge narrative there. There really isn’t. It’s incredibly subtle, and it’s kind of a play on having the audience go, ‘Is it, or is it not?’ I think it’s fun. I love the ambiguity there.”
So there you have it. Storm in a teacup or the dying thrashes of a part of society we need to see the back of – and soon! You decide. Are you excited about the movie? Let me know your thoughts – as always!