On 02-Mar-2017 In People & Politics
Fairytales have always been quite sexist in nature. Traditionally male characters in these storylines have been portrayed as being big, strong and brave heroic figures, whilst in contrast, their female counterparts are painted as being weaker and fragile ‘damsels in distress needing rescuing by the dapper prince’.The good news, however, is that Hollywood has decided to move with the times, breaking traditional stereotypical barriers in the process! Read on if you wish to find out more.
In recent years, the powers that be in Hollywood have decided to change the above-mentioned stereotypical take on fairytales, by releasing a few non-traditional fairytales such as Shrek and Tangled (to name but a few), wherein the leading ladies are anything but ‘shrinking violets’.
In its new version of the children’s classic story, Beauty and the Beast, Disney has decided to make the storyline of the film a little more modern, by incorporating a gay character in the script. This change is definitely a positive step towards the goal of breaking stereotypical gender role views worldwide. .
The newly incorporated openly gay character is none other than manservant LeFou whose traditionally depicted feelings of admiration and respect for the character Gaston, have been changed into feelings of a more romantic nature in the 2017 version of the film.
What makes the incorporation of a gay character so special is the fact that it is a first for Disney. However, it is not a first worldwide, since a few fairytales featuring gay characters already exists. Two examples of such fairytales are ‘Promised Land’ and ‘The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived’. The latter of which was made into a short movie that featured exclusively on the American subscription service Hulu.com.
During a recent interview with Attitude magazine, the Disney movie’s director Bill Condon had the following to say regarding LeFou and the Movie: “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 [realizing] that he has these feelings. It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
The movie cast includes (in no particular order): Emma Thompson as Ms. Potts, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou, Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as Beast, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, and Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe.