As a gay man, I can tell you this – a “gay part” can NEVER be “overblown.” Read into that what you will. Pervs. Homophobic Alabama drive-in owners, press pause! There’s a possibility you can show the live-action Beauty and the Beast at your Jesus-certified-and-approved parking lot with pretensions after all! Apparently, the homosessuality might be low-key enough to pass muster.
Director Bill Condon told ScreenCrush that all the drama over the gay part has been “overblown.”
In a phone interview with Condon on Friday, I asked the filmmaker about the scene. When I asked to what extent LeFou’s sexuality was discussed, and how that influenced the way Condon directed Gad on set, here’s what he told me:
“Oh God. Can I just tell you? It’s all been overblown. Because it’s just this, it’s part of just what we had fun with. You saw the movie, yeah? You know what I mean. I feel like the kind of thing has been, I wish it were – I love the way it plays pure when people don’t know and it comes as a nice surprise.”
To backtrack, Bill Condon told a British magazine that there was an “exclusively gay moment” between Luke Evans and Josh Gad’s characters in the flick, and it would be the first time Disney ever had any flat-out gayness in one of their movies. This would be despite Disney being all of the gay since the beginning of time. Also, no one is sure what an “exclusively gay moment” means? Is that when you ask all the straight, bi, and questioning people to leave the room? The fuck?
Spoiler alert – the ScreenCrush guy reveals that the queer content is mostly Josh’s character LeFou acting suggestively towards Luke’s character Gaston a couple of times, and there’s a quick shot of LeFou dancing with another man towards the end. Sweetie, that’s every straight frat party I ever attended.
Bill went on to say that he now thinks it shouldn’t be a big deal. How about you stop inventing intriguing descriptor phrases that no one can define then, Bill!
When I asked him if he wishes audiences could approach the movie without knowing about the “exclusively gay moment” in advance he said:
“To not make a big deal of it. Why is it a big deal?”
Well, the time for not-caring has passed, and the buttplug is out of the bag! In addition to Christian-identified Alabama drive-ins, other fools have gotten wind of Beauty and the Beast’s queer content and are thinking of banning it. For instance, Donald Trump’s second favorite locale after Trump Tower – RUSSIA!
Russian officials are coming under pressure to check if Disney’s new film Beauty and the Beast breaches the country’s law against “gay propaganda”.
Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said action would be taken after the checks while an MP described the film as “shameless propaganda of sin”.
Russia has laws prohibiting the spread of “gay propaganda” among minors and “content presenting homosexuality as being a norm in society,” so no “exclusively gay moments” for Mother Russia! But I just thought of an excellent business opportunity for the owners of the Henagar Drive-in Theatre. Expand into Russia!