Beauty and the Beast: To freak out or not to freak out?

I am NOT concerned with Disney having their first gay character in the live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

When you have a grown man singing and dancing about how awesome another man is, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out the character is probably gay.  I’m not sure LeFou is really the poster child the gay community really wants, but they are stuck with him. And, so are we.

Would I have preferred this “coming out” to be a movie that wasn’t my ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIE!?! You bet!

I arrived at Disney World this past January with my family and I went all fan girl at being in Belle’s castle and seeing the broadway production of the movie.  It was awesome!  20170129_161147.jpgWhen commercials come on TV or computer ads for the new Beauty and the Beast movie, my kids run to ME and tell me MY movie is showing.  So yeah, I’m disappointed to have to deal with this on this particular movie.

My concerns summed up in four words: “nice, exclusively gay moment.”

Most of the homosexual attention for the movie rose when director Bill Condon spoke to Attitude, a British magazine (http://attitude.co.uk/).  According to the article, “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 realize that he has these feelings.” Condon went on to say: “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.”

I’ll be very clear. My concern is LeFou and Gaston kiss.  Image result for Lefou song

I hope, I am wrong.

I am frustrated because for the first time, I will have to pre screen or read trustworthy reviews before taking my kids to see a Disney movie!

I will not freak out, unless there is a clear reason to do so.

I don’t want to overreact like many Christians did to the “lesbians” in Finding Dory.

That was ridiculous!  Image result for Finding Dory Lesbians

And as stated above, I have no problem with LeFou being gay. But, if there is an actual scene that my children will see and know is gay, then I have a problem with that.  It’s opening up a conversation I am not ready to have with my children. My kids are old enough that the conversation needs to happen, but that is not true of 4-8 year olds who will be seeing this movie.  And, the conversation should not be instigated from a PG Disney movie.

Bill Condon has later said his comment has been blown out of proportion and I hope that is correct. I know Disney is not a Christian company, but I want to have faith that they will handle this appropriately for all ages. I don’t believe that is too much to ask.

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Let me know your thoughts and feelings regarding the issue.  As a community, let’s support one another and shine a light for all to see.

As always, with love

JJ Liniger

 

 

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