Dear 100 Hour Board,
What do you think about Disney coming out and making Le Fou explicitly gay in the new live-action Beauty and the Beast movie?
-Cognoscente, who didn't think he was ever very straight to begin with, and that's just fine
Ursula was based on a real life drag queen so
A minor character who is white and a bad guy being gay isn't particularly groundbreaking, maybe when a "good guy" is gay
LGBT representation in children's lit is beneficial for the following reasons:
Some version of this debate happens every few years or so, and I'm frankly tired of engaging in it. I'm tired of listening to my friends argue that it's somehow offensive for children to know that people like me exist. And I wish that everyone could spend their energy on something else.
This is more of a general comment, but I just think humanity would be a lot better off if we learned how to view other people in the more holistic terms of who they are as a person as opposed to in terms of a single trait.
Anyone who watched the cartoon version and didn't get some major man-crush vibes from LeFou towards Gaston is willfully ignorant. Like Zed, I wish people would stop claiming it's offensive to acknowledge that LGBT people exist, especially when said acknowledgement is done by making a single character (whose heterosexuality was already questionable at best) explicitly gay. And a villain no less.
I saw a tweet recently that basically said, "to the people angry about there being a single gay character in Beauty and the Beast, I've got some bad news for you about this thing called 'reality'". Like really, LGBT people exist and won't go away just because a bunch of people boycott a Disney movie. People need to get over themselves. Like really, are you that afraid that your child will become gay by trying to emulate LeFou of all possible characters? Get a grip.