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'Beauty and the Beast' includes Disney's first gay character. Not everyone is happy.


The live-action "Beauty and the Beast" is still a few weeks from hitting theaters. But it has already made history.

In the remake, LeFou, the bumbling sidekick to Gaston, is gay, marking Disney's first gay character, according to Attitude magazine

LeFou is played by Josh Gad. Director Bill Condon revealed that he would have a "nice, exclusively gay moment." But the decision to make LeFou Disney's first gay character wasn't universally well-received.

"Gaston" Clip - Disney's Beauty and the Beast

WATCH | You can see Gad as LeFou in this clip from the movie.

Gad said he was "beyond proud" to play a gay LeFou.

LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston.
Bill Condon

Condon promised a "payoff" at the end for the subplot involving LeFou's sexuality. 

But as some critics noted, LeFou's character may not paint a positive picture of gay men.

Some thought Disney didn't deserve any accolades for a gay LeFou.

This announcement comes shortly after fans of "Frozen" campaigned to #GiveElsaAGirlfriend. Disney never officially commented on the character's sexuality. 

But Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa, said the campaign was "great" and would support the decision, Variety reported.


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