Disney’s much-anticipated remake of Beauty and the Beast hits theaters this weekend amidst a fair bit of self-inflicted controversy. But if reports are true, the film’s director Bill Condon is getting fed up with having to deal with complaints and boycotts over him choosing to interject homosexuality into a beloved cartoon movie.
According to Fox News:
Bill Condon is getting tired of everyone talking about his new film’s “gay moment.”
The director of the live-action remake of Disney’s fairy tale classic, “Beauty and the Beast,” told Vulture that he’s had enough of discussing the sexuality of Gaston’s sidekick LeFou, played by Josh Gad, which is the character that the moment features.
“Can I just say, I’m sort of sick of this,” explained the 61-year-old to the publication. “Because you’ve seen the movie — it’s such a teeny thing, and it’s been overblown.”
I haven’t seen the movie and probably won’t. So it’s distinctly possible that Condon is right that the fears and frustrations with the show’s alleged “gay moment” are all overblown. To a small child there to watch singing plates and clocks, or to an innocent adult not looking for it, the supposed homosexual curiosity of one of the movie’s minor characters might not even be noticeable. I honestly don’t know.
But here’s what I do know. When you go out of your way to announce to the media during the promotional lead-up to your movie’s release that it will feature the Disney company’s first “exclusively gay moment,” you are the one responsible for the fallout. You don’t get to complain about the controversy when you introduced the controversy.
And make no mistake, this was a bed of Condon’s own making. Talking to Attitude magazine weeks ago, the openly gay Condon said of the character LeFou, “[He] is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston.” Condon went further, applauding how actor Josh Gad, “makes something really subtle and delicious” out of LeFou’s sexuality, delivering a “nice, exclusively gay moment.”
So forgive my incredulity when the same guy who bragged about his inclusion of controversial adult sexuality in a movie marketed to families, whines that he’s sick of people talking about it.
Not that anyone should be surprised by Condon’s approach given that this is standard operating procedure for the LGBT movement. They flagrantly and aggressively assault cultural norms and traditional morality, and then accuse people who respond negatively to their activism of being hateful. After shoving their own version of morality in the face of others, men like Condon are giddy to indict those who disagree with them of trying to impose their religion. It’s transparent and tiresome.
Bill Condon is an activist who saw an opportunity to inject his political agenda, no matter how subtle, in a major Disney film marketed to people he knew were unlikely to agree with it. It’s more values-imposition from the don’t-impose-you-values crowd. It’s childish and dumb.
Rational people won’t feel the least bit sorry for Disney given that they knew what they were getting with a guy who once bragged that the first thing he wants to do when he gets to a hotel room is, “immediately go rip pages out of the Bible.”
When you assault their values, flagrantly or delicately, traditional conservative and faithful Christians may not be the type to march down Pennsylvania Avenue dressed as parts of the female anatomy in order to protest. But don’t act shocked or mistreated if some decide not to buy a ticket to your movie.