The Holywood standard for male characters as boisterous, strong and silent types really doesn't quite capture the male population entirely, there are definitely people out there who don't quite fit the mold. So, the good news is that Disney decided to include a character that will break the traditional stereotypes and barriers.
It Has Been Progressing Throughout the Years
The old cliche of a 'damsel in distress' has long been forgotten with powerful female characters in movies like 'Shrek' and 'Tangled,' really adding a boost to raising awareness about women who don't follow the rules laid out by social standards.
These Ladies Are Not as Fragile as You Would Think
Their looks are matched by their charisma and strength. They are not waiting for their prince and playing the future housewife. They go out and make the world see them as a force to be reckoned, but we are digressing from the point.
Disney Is Moving Forward
In the new film remake of ''Beuty and the Beast,'' a gay character has been implemented in the story. The story, which is about being scrutinized for your looks, is certainly a good choice to introduce a never-before-seen character in Disney movies.
LeFou will play a gay character, a friendly servant. LeFou will have a crush on Gaston.
Others Have Done It Way Before
This is a big move for Disney who perhaps due to international success especially with children always stuck with the conventional view of things. Gay characters have appeared in fairy tales like 'The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived' and 'Promised Land.'
What Did the Director of the Movie Have to Say About the Character?
Bill Cordon, the director, stated: "LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston," and added "He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie."
The Complete Movie Cast
A lot of famous actors have all come together. Emma Watson will play Belle, Dan Stevens will play Beast, Ian McKellen will star as Cogsworth, Audra McDonald will play Madame de Garderobe.
And There Are Many Other Famous Actors
Gaston will be portrayed by Luke Evans, the role of Maurice will be played by Kevin Kline, Forte will be played by Stanley Tucci, and Lumière will be played by Ewan McGregor. Josh Gad will take up the role of LeFou, who shared his voice for Olaf in the box office hit 'Frozen.'
So When Is the Movie Coming Out?
The movie will come out on March 17, 2017, but the premiere has been pulled in one country because of the gay character and a censorship law.
Malaysia Wanted to Censor the Character Out
The country has strict rules, and gay characters aren't allowed to be shown in movies in Malaysia. Instead of cutting the entire character out, Disney decided to cancel the premiere.
The Film Will Not Be Shown in Malaysia
A representative for Disney explained: “The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia." In Malaysia, gay relationships are illegal and Disney refused to show the movie there because of the country's laws.