In today’s latest addition to ‘news that will make you want to go back to bed and stay there for a week,’ a #BoycottDisney movement has begun in response to Disney’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast remake.
A group of would-be moviegoers are outraged over the bestiality story-line in the film. Just kidding! That we could actually, kinda, sort of understand. Unfortunately, the actual issue is with the new film featuring a gay character. Yes, it’s 2017. We just double checked as well.
A petition calling for Disney to remove the ‘LGBT agenda in Beauty and the Beast‘ has begun circulating on a ‘pro-life and pro-families’ online platform that has currently amassed over 100,000 signatures. We’re not going to link to it because, no.
Following the online petition, a theater in Alabama banned the film because of LeFou’s sexuality. In Russia, State Duma deputy Vitaly Milon has also called for the film to be banned, saying the film includes “elements of propaganda of homosexuality.”
The upcoming live-action remake will feature the character LeFou, played by Josh Gad, as a gay man in love with his best friend Gaston, played by Luke Evans. Gad will be the first openly gay character featured in a Disney film, a move director Bill Condon says builds on the beloved characters and brings them into the 21st century.
“I talked before about how we translate this into live-action. That means building out the characters. It’s also a translation to 2017, you know?” said Condon at a LA press conference for the film on Sunday. “And what is the movie about? What has this story always been about for 300 years? It’s about looking closer, going deeper, accepting people for who they really are. And in a very Disney way, we are including everybody. I think this is for everybody, and on the screen we’ll see everybody. And that was important to me.”
Disney has yet to make an official comment on the backlash, but over the weekend, the animated TV series Star vs. the Forces of Evil featured the first gay kiss in a Disney series. We’ll take that as their response.
We can’t wait to see the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens when it hits theaters on March 17. Anyone else have complaints about a gay character? Be our guest.