Here’s a little backstory: I’m a queer girl and Beauty and the Beast has always been my favourite Disney film. It’s been an incredibly important part of my life. So when my friend came running up to me in school today and said ‘Hey did you know they’re making a character gay in Batb?’ I was beaming. (funnily enough I already figured it would be LeFou)
When I got home I immediately went to social media to see what others were saying because this was my favourite Disney film and LeFou was one of my favourite characters. And I saw people talking about how they are perpetuating stereotypes with this and I got so sad.
Because I realised they were right, in a way.
LeFou is going to be having these feelings for Gaston, his friend whose seemingly straight. And he’s technically a 'villain’. But hear me out:
I’ve not read the novelisation of batb but from what I’ve heard there’s some sort of arc in which LeFou realised throughout time that some of the things Gaston does are wrong and he stands up against him. I read up on it and it seems like that’s the same thing they’re doing in the film.
I really hope that LeFou’s arc is something a long the lines of him realising he has these feelings for Gaston and exploring his sexuality. But he realises that Gaston is not this perfect, idolised version of him he has created. And he stops letting Gaston walk all over him. He realises 'yes, I love this man but what he’s done is wrong and I cannot forgive him’.
It’s not perfect I know. But it’s development. I just hope this is the sort of thing Disney is going for and not the stereotyped trope people like me can see happening. Because this means so much to me. I hope that I can sit in the cinema soon and beam with happiness because his arc is developed and not some ridiculous stereotype made for comic relief.
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