The forthcoming March 17 release of Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” film is causing a stir. Disney made millions with its animated version that was a hit with children, and is hoping to make even more with a gender-bender theme that may appeal to some adults. In an interview with Attitude Magazine, director Bill Condon confirmed that the live-action reboot of the classic story will feature the first “exclusively gay moment” in the history of Disney pictures.

The film stars British actress Emma Watson, famed for her role in the Harry Potter series of films, Josh Gad, who provided his voice in the hit film “Frozen,” and Luke Evans, who plays the arrogant Gaston. Gad plays LeFou, the sidekick of Gaston, the macho character who has an amorous interest in Belle, the character played by Watson. Condon confirmed that Gad is “somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston.”

Elaborating on the twisted motivations of Gad, Condon said, “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.” Media reports contend that the movie will portray an on-screen homosexual act. Attitude Magazine editor-in-chief Matt Cain wrote, “It may have been a long time coming but this is a watershed moment for Disney.” Cain added, “It’s a step in the right direction and I applaud Disney for being brave enough to make it.” Some parents and other observers lamented Disney’s surrender to current mores.

 



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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