A remake of the classic, "Beauty and the Beast" was released into most theaters on Friday, Mar. 17th, and has since satisfied a good majority of moviegoers with its amazing animation, and catchy songs throughout the film.
That’s not to say all moviegoers have been satisfied though and a large part of disappointed attendees are due to an issue that had actually been brought up long before the film's release.
Now prior to the release of the remake, Disney had made a statement that the movie would be featuring Disney's first ever gay character.
This announcement caused nothing short of an uproar of different opinions among the eager crowds waiting with anticipation to see the film.
While somewhere outraged that a children's movie would be featuring a character in the LGBT community, with some even threatening to boycott the movie all together, a few theaters actually went through with the threat and refused to showcase the remade Disney film in their theater.
A whole different portion of fans where thrilled to hear that the LGBT community would be getting some proper recognition, and went to see the remake just for this case.
The character in question is none other than Lefou, (played by Josh Gad) the man who follows around Gaston (played by Luke Evans). Now, while Josh Gad had proclaimed nothing but pride at playing Disney's first gay character, by the end of the film most movie goers who had been so excited for this moment where thoroughly disappointed.
While this should have been a large step forward in more people accepting the LGBT community, it was more like a harsh hit to their pride at how they where portrayed.
In the film, Lefou himself admits himself to being "clingy" and "illiterate," not to mention along with the way he acts is insulting to anyone with even just a shred of self respect.
Add this to the fact that Lefou spends the majority of the film doing nothing but stroking Gaston's already over inflated ego, attending to his every whim and being nothing better than a tool to his supposed 'friend;' well its all just hard to watch.
While this portrayal of Lefou is simply acted out just as he was first portrayed in the classic animated film, which with a classic such as Beauty and the Beast following the original plot is never usually a bad thing, assigning him to portray Disney's first ever LGBT character may have been a big mistake.