After the success of the live action Jungle Book remake in 2016, it is no surprise audiences are impatiently anticipating the remake of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens (we’ll let you figure out who plays who). The trailer received over 127 million views in the first 24 hours of being released back in November, and now audiences only have two more weeks to wait.
The film sees the young Belle fall in love with a monstrous Beast – the storyline recognisable to all fans of the 1991 animated classic. However, this reimagined romance was always going to feature new twists, and many firsts. Feminist Emma Watson chose to take her role down a more feminist route. Despite looking like the perfect recreation of the animated Belle, she has transformed her character from a daydreaming bookworm to an intelligent inventor.
Meanwhile, the romance between the piano (Stanley Tucci) and the wardrobe (Audra McDonald) sees the very first interracial kiss in a Disney live action film.
One noticeable ‘first’ in the movie is Disney’s very first “exclusively gay moment” on film. LeFou (played by Josh Gad) is sidekick to the film’s antagonist Gaston, whom he both envies and adores. Director Bill Condon tells Attitude magazine, “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings… it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney film.”
Brief as the scene may be, the movie breaks new ground by showing support to the LGBT community, and sending out the message to both children and adults, that this is a natural and normal way to feel. Attitude editor-in-chief Matt Cain believes that the movie will bring “real social progress,” as this message, “will be heard in every country of the world, even countries where it’s still socially unacceptable or even illegal to be gay.”
Excited fans took to social media to express their delight at how progressive Disney is becoming; however, many feel that there is a long way to go for the LGBT community to feel accurately represented.
The people cry, “gay representation please”
Disney replies “gremlin from beauty and the beast has canon gay feels for gaston! Rejoice!”
— bitter little man (@nipzips) March 1, 2017
i genuinely always assumed lafou was gay & as cool as it is that he’s open i wish it wasnt an unrequited crush from the sidekick trope again
— cinnamon tography (@favoriterecord) March 1, 2017
So glad that Disney is including an “exclusively gay” moment in “Beauty and the Beast.” Means the original will remain the classic.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 1, 2017
nice try disney youre not going to get me to watch your garbage live action remakes
— gay bird (@cxphxr) March 1, 2017
— Bobby (@iambobby) March 1, 2017
In regards to Lefou being Disney’s first openly LGBTQ character, it is bittersweet.
— Jessica (@xwithmywoes) March 1, 2017
Disney’s making its first gay character with LeFou and he’s a clownish sidekick who exists to prop up his straight best friend. Great job.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) March 1, 2017
@Complex can’t wait until the trump snowflakes start the boycott disney hashtag
— benjamin (@humanbeingbean) March 2, 2017
Last year Disney created its most progressive princess yet, when courageous Polynesian Moana set out on a journey of self-discovery. Disney finally managed to move away from the Caucasian damsel in distress with that success, but will they ever create an LGBT representative protagonist?