Beauty and the Beast film, queer fans of the studio’s work were anticipating a moment they had long been waiting for: a groundbreaking gay character.
Director Bill Condon had teased an “exclusively” gay moment for the character LeFou, so expectations were high. However, what fans got instead was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment where Josh Gad as LeFou dances with a man.In an interview over the weekend, Gad readily admitted that the film and the character fell short in its LGBTQ+ representation.“We didn’t go far enough to warrant accolades,” Gad told The Independent. “We didn’t go far enough to say, ‘Look how brave we are.’ My regret in what happened is that it became ‘Disney’s first explicitly gay moment’ and it was never intended to be that.
It was never intended to be a moment that we should laud ourselves for because frankly, I don’t think we did justice to what a real gay character in a Disney film should be.”Previously, Condon himself had walked back his “exclusively gay moment” remakers explaining that he hadn’t wanted to make a big deal about the moment and that it had been “overblown.”Gad still regrets that the film didn’t go far enough with the representation that its queer audience deserved. “If we’re going to pat ourselves on the back, then damn it we should have gone further with that.