Sunday, October 22, 2017

People Boycotting ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Over Gay Scene

The live-action Disney film ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is catching flak over a reported gay scene between two characters.

Warning: This post contains a potential spoiler. You’ve been warned.

If you want to create a stir these days, just add a gay character or gay scene to a familiar story in which no such character or scene was previously mentioned.

Producers of the new live-action Beauty and the Beast are being criticized over a gay scene in the film.

The film is set to be released on March 17, which means, as usual, people are urging a boycott of a film they haven’t even seen, yet.

Franklin Graham, who probably hasn’t seen the movie, yet, either, wrote on his Facebook page last week, “They’re trying to push the LGBT agenda into the hearts and minds of your children—watch out!”

We Christians don’t mind pushing a Christian mindset into children’s hearts and minds, even if some parents may not necessarily be enthusiastic about that. But suddenly depicting two people who happen to be attracted to each other and who happen to be of the same gender is all of a sudden an “agenda.”

There are, in fact, gay people in the world. Their existence is not dependent on your approval or your acceptance.

Some people don’t want to see any mention of homosexuality anywhere; they want to live their life shielded from such things. Well, that’s probably not all that practical in this day and age.

The outrage over a gay scene in Beauty and the Beast is a bit ironic. It’s ironic because people seem to mind a scene of two human characters showing affection for each other in a story about a human woman who happens to be in love with, apparently, a large animal-like creature.

Here’s a little spoiler for you.

First, I must tell you that I’ve never watched Beauty and the Beast. I know the basic — the very basic — concept. So other than the young damsel and the beast, I’m not familiar with other characters.

Second, the gay scene in the picture involves two characters I’ve never heard of: LeFou and Gaston. If those names mean something to you, you’re far more familiar with the story than I will probably ever be.

In a recent article, Cosmopolitan mentions that this “scene” is so quick that if there weren’t such an uproar over it — more irony! — you could easily miss the scene altogether. Here’s the aforementioned spoiler, so if you don’t want to know what the scene in question actually is, this is your last chance to click away. The magazine reports, “During the finale ballroom scene, after LeFou has joined up with Team Belle, LeFou dances with a man.” It also mentions one additional part that seems less like a “gay scene” and more like a joke.

So the reasonable question one might ask is whether making such a big deal about so subtle a scene makes it more noticeable than it ever would have been otherwise.

If drawing more attention to the “objectional” material makes it more noticeable, aren’t those people promoting the very thing they’re objecting to? And isn’t that publicity just as likely to attract those who don’t mind a same-sex scene — particularly as subtle as this one is reported to be — to go see the film?

Maybe, if Disney is as “evil” as some seem to believe, they might have hoped for just such an outcome to boost the audience. And if that little scenario is true, it might have been better for those who object to the content to have just quietly not seen the film rather than launching a camapign against it.

1 Comment

  1. Well, there it is, the idea that homosexuality is a “disease” and kids no longer have an immunity to it. How original. How utterly tiresome. Not to mention how terribly non-Disney. Never let it be said that anything Disney made “encouraged” anything sexual, never mind anything homosexual!

    You’re absolutely right on the money, as usual, about people, their reactions, ability to blow the tiniest thing WAY out of proportion, and unwittingly being an accomplice to getting the best advertising done. I can never fault you there. It’s sad how predictable and pedestrian people are. And rediculous.

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