The article (there are pictures from the movie!)
In Disney movies, princesses have always met their prince charming.
But, in a change of convention, one character in the new Beauty and the Beast film is set to have the studio’s first ‘exclusively gay scene’.
In the film, starring Emma Watson, manservant LeFou will explore his sexuality after developing feelings for macho leading man Gaston.
In an interview with Attitude magazine, director Bill Condon said: ‘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 realising that he has these feelings. It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.’
Mr Condon said the character, played by Josh Gad, is part of a ‘watershed moment’ for Disney. He said: ‘The studio is sending out a message that this is normal and natural – and this is a message that will be heard in every country of the world, even countries where it’s still socially unacceptable or even illegal to be gay.’
Miss Watson is also making the leading role of Belle more feminist. Once a dreamy bookworm, Belle has been transformed into an inventor.
In the original 1991 animated film, LeFou sings a pub ditty to cheer up his friend Gaston, a ladies’ man intent on winning Belle’s affection.
The lyrics are: ‘No one’s quick as Gaston, no one’s neck’s as incredibly thick as Gaston’s.’
‘For there’s no man in town half as manly. Perfect, a pure paragon.’
In the live-action remake, the beast is played by Dan Stevens and brought to life with state-of-the-art CGI technology.
Fans have mused over the sexuality of some other Disney characters for years, including Ursula, the seawitch in The Little Mermaid, who some think was inspired by a drag queen.
Others have hoped for a romance between The Lion King’s Timon and Pumba.