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People Think Beauty and the Beast Chose the Wrong Character for Its Gay Storyline

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This may be one of the most monumental moments in Disney history. In recent years, the company’s made strides to diversify, creating storylines surrounding black, Latina and Polynesian ~princesses~ since 2009’s The Princess and the Frog. And it looks like the House of Mouse plans on continuing to do so with its films, as it’s now going to include a member of the LGBTQ community on its character roster.

In an interview with Attitude magazine, director Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) revealed that Gaston’s sidekick, LeFou, played by Josh Gad, will experience a “gay moment” in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Bill explained. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it.”

“And that’s what has its pay-off at the end, which I don’t want to give away,” he added. “But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”

So a feminist Belle — a theory which Emma Watson confirmed herself — and a homosexual LeFou. This is unlike any other live-action Disney adaptation we’ve seen before… and we’re all for it! HOWEVER, not everyone’s feeling the love; while there are plenty who are open and even gleeful about the concept, some don’t like the idea of Disney changing the original storyline. We get it — not everyone likes change. It’s, like, for every person that’s praising the announcement, there’s a person who’s actively hating on it.

But we’re not even here to talk about the back and forth on that particular issue, as there seems to be an even more pressing one. It appears that there’s a fair amount of people who are concerned more about the character Disney chose to be gay:

The Internet even had alternative options at the ready:

When you really think about it, though, was this really that farfetched?

Beauty and the Beast is slated to hit theaters on March 17. Until then, weigh in on the latest reveal!
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If things worked out differently, Emma Watson could’ve played these roles as well:

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