Nearly every Disney fairy tale movie is one long “exclusively gay moment” and that’s why I love many of them, but what I mean by that headline is that the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie has a gay character in it. And that gay character gets the swoons over another character. Unfortunately, the movie doesn’t end with the curse not being broken because Belle is really a lesbian objectophile who runs off with the hot feather duster instead of getting with The Beast. A different character is gay. (Side note – When I die, please make sure my tombstone reads: He lived every exclusively gay moment like it was exclusively his last)
Beauty and the Beast’s director Bill Condon tells the Attitude magazine that Gaston’s bumbling sidekick, LeFou, is gayer than a movie featuring a singing candelabra in it. Bill says that the live-action BatB has a small gay subplot involving LeFou, played by Josh Gad, and Gaston, played by Luke Evans. Bill decided to sprinkle some exclusive gay-ness into BatB in honor of Howard Ashman, the Oscar-winning lyricist who co-wrote the songs for the original and died from complications from AIDS in 1991. Bill says that Howard saw The Beast’s banishment from the village as a metaphor for AIDS.
Bill describes LeFou as someone who is still figuring out his sexuality and that by the end of the movie, there’s an “exclusively gay moment” starring him.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings. 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.”
Attitude’s editor-in-chief Matt Cain knows what this “exclusively gay moment” is and he calls it a “watershed moment” and also “explicitly gay.” Here’s a clip of LeFou singing about his crush:
What the hell does “exclusively gay” mean? Does it mean that Gaston doesn’t end up dying during the castle fight, and instead, he drowns his sorrows by going off to the woods to get drunk with LeFou and they end up giving each other a handy? Or does it mean that Gaston ends up drowning his sorrows by watching re-runs of RuPaul’s Drag Race with LeFou? It’s not the second one, because that isn’t an “exclusively gay” thing.
I’m guessing that LeFou ends up kissing Gaston or another dude. If that’s the case, then when BatB comes out on March 17th, I’m going to take a quick trip to the Bible Belt. Because I want to sit outside of a packed theater playing BatB and snack on popcorn as conservative Christian parents run out of the theater screaming while spraying their innocent children’s eyes with holy water.
And it’s great that LeFou is gay and all, but there was already a gay character and a bi character in BatB. Exhibit EVERYTHING:
Lumiere was obviously bi and Cogsworth was obviously gay and after the movie ends, they get married, move to Saint-Tropez and open up a nightclub together. Don’t tell me that La Cage aux Folles isn’t really a sequel to Beauty and the Beast.