Beauty and the Beast touts a story line in song: “Tale as old as time, Song as old as rhyme, Beauty and the Beast.”
The live-action Beauty and the Beast remake won’t only serve as a major dose of nostalgia — the choice to make Gaston’s sidekick LeFou the first openly gay character in a Disney movie adds a modern twist to the tale as old as time.
At a press conference for the new film in Beverly Hills on Sunday, director Bill Condon addressed the buzz-about decision to include a new subplot for LeFou (Josh Gad) — which includes a crush on his pal Gaston (Fast & Furious star Luke Evans) and a happily ever after moment of his own.
“I talked before about how we translate this into live-action. That means building out the characters. It’s also a translation to 2017, you know?” Condon, 61, said. “And what is the movie about? What has this story always been about for 300 years? It’s about looking closer, going deeper, accepting people for who they really are.”
He continued, “And in a very Disney way, we are including everybody. I think this is for everybody, and on the screen we’ll see everybody. And that was important to me.”
Beauty and the Beast (2017) Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou
The choice to include a gay character in the remake has made plenty of headlines, some due to backlash — a theater in Alabama announced it would not be screening Beauty and the Beast due to LeFou’s open flirtation with Gaston and what Gad described as a “subtle but incredibly effective” scene during the film’s finale.
However, Gad said he is “very proud” of bringing the new element to the big screen.
“Bill Condon did an amazing job of giving us an opportunity to create a version of LeFou that isn’t like the original, that expands on what the original did, but that makes him more human and that makes him a wonderfully complex character to some extent,” Gad said at the film’s premiere.
LeFou isn’t the only character receiving a modern upgrade. The director took steps to ensure Belle, played by Emma Watson, remained a feminist icon for the new generation. For example, Condon added dimension to Belle was by giving the book-loving character a passion for helping others. Editors note: I wonder if Emma Watson in her role remained a feminist icon and almost topless like she was in the magazine Vanity Fair?
“In the original film she’s someone who loves reading, and in this film, she’s equally concerned with teaching other girls how to read,” he says.
And Condon says it’s no accident that many of Belle’s new characteristics reflect Watson’s in real life.
“It’s interesting how when we would think of ideas for Belle, it was like, ‘Wow that’s what is doing in her own life,’ ” he says.
All inclusive is what this movie is going for, yet I fail to see which character is the Christian in the movie. After all there are far more Christians in the world than gays. Again I ask all inclusive, which character is Jewish, none that I’ve seen thus far and again there are many more Jews on the planet that there are gays, so Disney has said all inclusive yet No Christians and No Jews. How is that inclusive? What they’re trying to say, is everyone is gay! Including gays into the movie is all inclusive to them because everyone is gay, here is what director Bill Condon said again:
“And in a very Disney way, we are including everybody. I think this is for everybody, and on the screen we’ll see everybody. And that was important to me.”
Could he have said it any clearer?
Now some are are going to say I’m bashing gays, but that’s not the case. I’m simply pondering the question of inclusion and standing for my rights even though I may be called a gay-O-phobe or whatever word they devise to try to silence all Christians who should be able to speak out!
They say the words gay and homosexual isn’t in the Bible. But these words didn’t exist when the Bible was written: Homosexual, Homosexuality, Bisexuality, Pansexuality, Polysexuality, Asexuality and gay. So when they say you won’t find those words in the Bible they’re right you won’t. Yet what Does the Bible say?
First we need to uncover when was the words gay and homosexual first used? The word’s didn’t come about until the 1700’s! One thousand and seven hundred years after Christ walked the earth! In English, the word gay primary meaning was “joyful”, “carefree”, “bright and showy”, an extension of its primary meaning of “carefree” implying “uninhibited by moral constraints”. A gay woman was a prostitute, a gay man a womanizer, and a gay house a brothel. The use of gay to mean “homosexual” was in origin merely an extension of the word’s sexualized connotation of “carefree and uninhibited”, which implied a willingness to disregard conventional or respectable sexual mores. Such usage, documented as early as the 1920s, and it was initially more commonly used to imply heterosexually unconstrained lifestyles,
The LGBTQ (maybe adding P for pedophile, Oh and F for feminist along with the rest of the alphabet. So that would make it LGBTQPF or LGBTQFP?) community has said Jesus didn’t mention the words gay or homosexual, but what did Jesus specifically say?
3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. (Matthew 19:3-8 KJV)
Jesus has just defined marriage as a Male (Man) to a Female (Woman) and the two shall become one flesh!
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; Male and Female he created them in Genesis. (Genesis 1:27) Not LGBTQ and maybe adding P, Oh and F for feminist. God from the start also defined unnatural affection as a sin:
God’s Wrath against Sin
see also (Jeremiah 6:10-21; Jeremiah 25:15-33; Jonah 1:4-10; Acts 27:13-26)
18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness. 19For what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from His workmanship, so that men are without excuse.
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images of mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
24Therefore God gave them up in the desires of their hearts to impurity for the dishonoring of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator, who is forever worthy of praise! Amen.
26For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27Likewise, the men abandoned natural relations with women and burned with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28Furthermore, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, He gave them up to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and hatred. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful. They invent new forms of evil; they disobey their parents. 31They are senseless, faithless, heartless, merciless.
32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things are worthy of death, they not only continue to do these things, but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32)
So in Conclusion:
Strong words from Almighty God, yes not only did God define but so did Jesus define only a Man and a Woman were created from the start of creation, no Not LGBTQ and maybe adding P, Oh and F for feminist and all the rest of the alphabet. And those who practice unnatural affection is sinning and is a sinner including those who also approve of those who practice them and defend their right to do so. Now for every sin if a sinner repents and accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour they can be saved! Can a sinner be saved without repenting? No. Can a homosexual receive Salvation without repenting? A Big Resounding No!
Using a Disney kid film to indoctrinate a generation. What’s next? Satanism? You have to INCLUDE everyone, right? KEEP POLITICAL MESS OUT OF KIDS FILMS!!!!
I just think that this is such a beautiful classic movie why change it and keep in mind how many young kids are going to see this movie. I think Disney picked the wrong movie to add a gay character to, this movie is going to be watched by kids so young not a good idea at all from Disney.