Mar. 5th, 2017

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Stephen Fry: *marches up to Wagner* 


Wagner: *gets slapped into next week*

Stephen Fry: Also your music is amazing can I have your autograph?

Wagner: o_O
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The thing you’ve gotta understand about the whole Beauty and the Beast controversy is that Lefou was always a homophobic joke.

The sad, flamboyantly creepy little man hopelessly pining for the towering caricature of heterosexual masculinity (and tolerating incredible amounts of verbal and physical abuse in the process) is one of the classic homophobic gag roles - it shows up quite a bit in older media.

Few people were inclined to make a big deal of it up until now because a. it’s an old-school stereotype that doesn’t get much play in contemporary media, and b. Lefou is a relatively mild example of the type in any case, but that doesn’t mean it ever stopped being a thing.

All Disney has accomplished by declaring that Lefou is canonically gay is to transform an implicitly homophobic joke into an explicitly homophobic joke - which is kind of a slap in the face for what’s being proudly trumpeted as their first gay character in a major role.

Now, it’s totally possible that the live-action remake is going to reinvent the character to the point that it’s no longer an issue, but nobody’s obliged to give them that benefit of the doubt.

I know that this is going to sound odd considering they’re a clock and a candle, but when this was announced I wondered why they didn’t just make Cogsworth and Lumiere a gay couple. Because frankly they already seem like one, but far less poisonously than the LeFou thing.

I’m going to wait until I see fans reporting on the movie, because if they didn’t transform LeFou from a homophobic joke, I’m not going to see the movie.

Like, maybe LeFou is in this bad relationship with Gaston that’s making him overlook like cute baker who’s in love with him and LeFou has to get over his infatuation with Gaston, realise Gaston is a dick at the end and gets a ‘you suck’ line to Gaston just before the climax and goes off with his new boyfriend at the end? 

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