Why I have a problem with the “gay scene” in “Beauty and the Beast”

According to what is trending on Facebook:

Disney puts “gay scene” in Beauty and the Beast.
~Daily Mail


With rumors of Po and Finn becoming a couple, it shouldn’t surprise me to learn that a gay character is in a movie like Beauty and the Beast.

Ever since Frozen — So, How Gay IS Disney’s Frozen? — Disney movies, it seems, have gotten more and more progressive.


I’m writing a story where one of the characters is a lesbian, and I love Life is Strange, a game which features a romance between two women.

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My point is:

I don’t mind progressive.

It is undeniable that men who like men, and women who like women, exist.

As a result:

I believe these peoples’ stories should be told.

As a Catholic, it is my duty to be like a light in a dark place and, thus, I don’t like it when people are swept under the rug by society because their lifestyle — their preferences, and how they express those preferences — is considered taboo.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
~Matthew 5:14 — 16

To go back to Life is Strange:

I believe Max’s and Chloe’s relationship is beautiful because even though there is a sexual element to it that I don’t condone — for example: they kiss — ultimately their relationship is built of stronger stuff than the desire to get in each other’s pants.

This is illustrated by the ending (0:00 — 3:25):

My point with bringing up Life is Strange again is:

When it comes to gay characters in fiction, I want more stories like Life is Strange. Stories that show how deep one person’s love for another can go. Stories that show that love is more than a desire for physical pleasure, no matter how good that pleasure feels.

And I don’t see that happening in Beauty and the Beast.

To quote that Daily Mail article I posted:

‘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.’
~Bill Condon, director

Judging by this quote, LeFou’s relationship with Gaston is built on the foundations of 1) Wanting to bang Gaston (because who stops at kissing?), and 2) Wanting to be Gaston.

A relationship built on lust and envy.

Doesn’t sound healthy to me.

And to think that this is the first “exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”


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4 thoughts on “Why I have a problem with the “gay scene” in “Beauty and the Beast”

  1. Yeah their gay representation honestly feels like something they threw in at the end to say “look we’re not heteronormative!” Also I didn’t know this, but apparently LeFou’s name actually means idiot or insane in French. And he’s their poster gay person….not sure how to feel about that…..

    1. Oh wow. I didn’t know that about LeFou’s name.

      And I agree: The gay representation feels like something the filmmakers put in the movie for the sake of it being in the movie — not because it was important to the story.

      What I want is for gay people to be represented in onscreen in a way that feels natural, not forced: Not done for the sake of saying “Look! We’re not heteronormative!”

      1. Exactly. By forcing gay representation for the sake of not being heteronormative, it makes gay relationships that much more outlandish.

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