“I will never forget how good that felt. Playing my instrument again, after too long away. I didn’t have any agenda, really. Thought I’d just experience the city again, hear it, smell it, taste it. Adjust my mental map.” -Matt Murdock, Daredevil v5 #17
Any thoughts on LeFou being the gay representation in the new live action Beauty and the Beast? I'm shaken up over it...
I have a lot of thoughts.
I’m not a huge fan of the idea. I feel like it will be played for laughs, which is outrageously offensive when you consider the film’s history, when you consider Howard Ashman, when you consider the context in which Belle and the Beast were created. I understand where the director got the idea- I believe one of his quotes about it was, “does Lefou want to be Gaston or kiss Gaston?” I don’t necessarily have a problem with the interpretation or even disagree with it. What I have a problem with is it being played as a joke.
Beauty and the Beast was a film influenced by the life and struggles of a gay man with AIDS. Belle and the Beast are both outcasts, with the Beast hunted and despised. Belle and the Beast get their happy ending. They overcome. Casting a gay character to laugh at and then toss aside at the end, without a happy ending, is bad. Casting that character in this movie is heartbreaking. If it had been Cogsworth, Lumiere or Mrs. Potts, I’d be thrilled.
However, I reserve some hope. The director claims it pays off in the end in an “exclusively gay moment”. Does this mean the pay off will be LeFou’s happy ending? Will LeFou get a moment of happiness, the moment of happiness Belle and the Beast are rewarded with? A moment of finding a place where he is loved and accepted? Perhaps LeFou will find happiness. Anything less is tragic.
Beauty and the Beast is my all-time favorite movie. It means more to me than I can express. As a child, seeing myself as a reading oddball reflected in Belle who became a literal princess, inspired me. All children deserve to see themselves reflected as a hero, as a princess, as someone deserving of a happy ending. Especially in this film, in Howard Ashman’s film.
But in the end- my thoughts don’t matter. Tell me, followers. What do you think?
Seeing her rehearse this, third row centre, in a practically empty RAH was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Like she was performing to me alone. CHILLS. So many chills. And then she did it all over again and blew away every one of the 4000 people in the audience.
She is the most talented performer I have ever seen. Her win is completely deserved.
me, A Gay: this ship which just so happens to be gay creeps me out and i don’t like it a creepy straight 14 y/o girl: ummmmmmm WOW homophobic much??? why do u hate the gays?????? #loveislove #equality #iheartyaoi
@omegalovaniac codded me in the nicest way a while ago and asked me about drink specials over at The Moist Pupil (you know, that fan-made dive aboard the skullship). I made this quick mess as an answer along with a couple of other drinks suggestions and she surprised me with a beautiful fic I’m still wobbly and gooey about that you can go read —> HERE This pulled up cute back and forth from over here, And basically you should go check her fics out in general because yuuuup.