Given that we’re officially only 16 days away from the premiere of Beauty and the Beast, it’s safe to say that we’re pretty darn excited for the movie. And, it seems, we’re not the only ones, with fans queuing hours to get their hands on exclusive merch such as this cup, and we absolutely *heart* this vintage inspired Beauty and the Beast clothing line.
Of course, we’re really looking forward to the movie, too (and not just merch), and we can’t wait to see how Emma Watson has updated the character of Belle, and how the film avoids some of the more ~problematic moments of the original.
Now it’s been announced that Beauty and the Beast will feature an historic Disney first with an “exclusively gay moment.”
Speaking to British LGBTQ magazine Attitude, the movie’s director Bill Condon spoke about how he was inspired by the moving story behind the music of the 1991 original, to incorporate an LGBTQ storyline into the remake.
Condon revealed that Gaston’s (Luke Evans) sidekick, LeFou, played by Josh Gad, would be involved in a small but significant subplot that sees him address his sexuality.
Speaking about the exclusive news and its importance, the editor of Attitude, Matt Cain, called it a “watershed moment for Disney.”
“It’s only a first step towards creating a cinematic world that reflects the one in which many of us are now proud to live,” he added. “But it’s a step in the right direction and I applaud Disney for being brave enough to make it – and in doing so hopefully helping to change attitudes and bring about real social progress.”
This weeks seems to be a week of firsts for Disney when it comes to same-sex representation. Yesterday (February 28th), Disney aired its first same-sex kiss on a cartoon on Disney XD’s Star vs. the Forces of Evil. Meanwhile, the Disney channel has previously featured same-sex relationships.
It’s so fantastic to see a company as ubiquitous as Disney making positive moves for more inclusivity in their movies and shows. It’s a step in the right direction, and we’re not even MORE excited to see Beauty and the Beast when it hits theaters on March 17th.
Meanwhile, you can pick up the April edition of Attitude magazine, which also features interviews with both Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, now.