Dear 100 Hour Board,
What's your opinion on this "gay Disney character" with the new Beauty and the Beast movie? I keep hearing people say that a gay character has no place in a children's movie, but I'm not sure I entirely agree with that sentiment.
-My Name Here
See Board Question #89087 for my opinion.
Since the original answer posted, my dad's side of the family heard that a gay character was put into Beauty and the Beast and are considerably unhappy about it. It's strange to see them write that they don't want their children exposed to "that political agenda" or that this is "celebrating, not tolerating" LGBT people because it makes me feel like, at the end of the day, they might be saying the same about me.
Having a gay character in a movie isn't celebrating anything, nor is it promoting a social movement. It's acknowledging that LGBT people exist in society and are normal people. Even if someone doesn't agree with LGBT lifestyles, normalizing them could help their children understand that people can be different from them and still be good people. Not taking them to see a movie because of a queer character implies that these people should be avoided or, at least, not around children.
I don't know. It's possible that I'm infusing too much personal emotions into this, but what bothers me isn't that Le Fou is gay. What's bothering me is the reaction that making him gay is an unnecessary side plot that's trying to spread the gay agenda. Would unrequited feelings still be seen as propaganda if Le Fou was a girl? Would anyone even care? It doesn't feel that way.