LeFou's (Josh Gad) character marks a significant milestone in Disney history Image: Twitter
After decades of churning out conventionally safe gender stereotypes, Disney has had a change of heart. Beauty and the Beast, the upcoming Emma Watson starrer musical film is all set to feature a gay character, and it is indeed a first for Disney.
LeFou, the roguish Gaston's bumbling sidekick will be seen questioning his sexuality in the film, and a scene has released where LeFou (played by Josh Gad) is seen expressing his attraction to Gaston (Luke Evans).
"LeFou is somebody who one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston," says Bill Condon, the director of Beauty and the Beast. "The studio is sending out a message that this is normal and natural, and this is a message that will be heard in every country of the world," he adds.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is a trailblazer in more ways than one. The dreamy and nervous Belle (Emma Watson) of the children's fantasy tale will be featured as an inventor and a rebel and the Beast (Dan Stevens) will have a more complex back story.
The first gay storyline and gender breakthroughs can be Disney's way of reaching out to the millenial audience or it could just be an experiment. Either way, we are not complaining.