LGBT Characters Getting The Disney Treatment 

Last July we told you about Nickelodeon featuring it’s first same sex couple on the animated series Loud House. This week we’re following up with details on Disney’s first gay movie character and the first same sex kiss featured on a Disney animated series. 

SUMMARY: After learning that LeFou would be Disney’s first gay movie character in the upcoming live-action film Beauty and the Beast, a Alabama drive-in theater has announced that it is refusing to show the film. Russia originally planned to ban the film, but later decided to give it a 16 & older age rating restriction due to a 2013 federal law banning gay propaganda to minors.

The film starring Harry Potter’s Emma Watson and Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens is said to have a “gay moment”, which the director said has been “overblown.” Beauty and the Beast will be released in theaters on March 17. Watch the trailer in our full story.

Disney also drew both praise and criticism for airing their first animated same-sex kiss during an episode of the cartoon show Star vs. the Forces of Evil.  While many viewers praised the studio for the inclusion, religious and conservative groups called for boycotts and scolded Disney for pushing a “gay agenda” on children. You can read more about this and watch the clip below in our full story. 

FULL STORY: For the past week there has been a lot of buzz surrounding the upcoming live-action film, Beauty and the Beast, starring Harry Potter’s Emma Watson and Dowton Abbey’s Dan Stevens. In case you haven’t heard LeFou, Gaston’s sidekick, will be Disney’s first gay character. According to Bill Condon, the film’s director, LeFou, played by Josh Gad, “is confused about his sexuality.” He also mentioned a brief scene as a “gay moment.”

Sadly this news has stirred up a few folks. A drive-in movie theater in Alabama has stated that it will not screen the movie. It has also been reported that Russia has given the film a 16 & older age restriction rating due to a 2013 federal law banning gay propaganda to minors. The film’s director is really baffled by the outrage saying this “moment” has been “overblown”.

It’s amazing that in 2017 we are having backlash over a gay character in a movie with a romance building between a woman and a beast. 🤷🏾‍♀️ Beauty and the Beast will be released in theaters on March 17.

Disney also recently made history when it aired it’s first-ever animated same-sex kiss on an episode of the show Star vs. the Forces of Evil.  In the episode, the show’s main characters attended a concert where the music caused everyone in the audience to start kissing.  The background shots of the crowd included both same-sex girl and same-sex male couples locking lips.  The images occur only briefly in a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment”, but many supporters say that’s exactly the point: it emphasizes the fact that same-sex couples are perfectly normal and should not be ogled.

And of course the episode caused some controversy among conservative and religious groups, but many viewers praised the show on Twitter, thanking Disney and calling the episode “iconic”.  Stephanie Ramirez, a character designer at Disney Television Animated, also tweeted out sketches of the various couples kissing and said, “It was so easy to draw, we could have drawn this a long time ago. But we have to start somewhere.”

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