Some folks have been calling this nonsense a controversy, so I said to myself “screw it, I’ll just ramble about it for a bit”.
Why does anyone care if LeFou is gay? I know Disney wants to pander to broader audiences to make more money, but frankly, I don’t understand why the demand is there in the first place (well, that’s not entirely true… I know a lot of people are entitled, identity politics-spewing, self-obsessed idiots who like taking advantage of the first amendment and trolling as many people as they possibly can with their stupidity). That may sound hypocritical considering I’m voicing a strong opinion, but the difference is I’m ACKNOWLEDGING that this is a mere opinion and I encourage those who disagree to come forward and voice their responses. Intellectual diversity is the only form of diversity that matters.
The origins of the story of Beauty and the Beast, which go back to the days of cave paintings, is really about understanding the three-dimensional nature of humanity. Villeneuve’s fairy tale specifically focuses on the idea that one who looks menacing may actually be kind at heart. In 1946, Jean Cocteau brought to contemporary culture the character of Avenant, who was the antithesis of the Beast – pretty at first glance but evil at heart. That love triangle was replicated in, among other works, the Disney version of the fairy tale in the form of Gaston.
Labeling the tale a story of acceptance is simply a shallow way to justify cheap corporate pandering.
The past couple of years have really been full of controversies surrounding homo-, bi- and trans-sexuality. Left-wing idealists over-encourage admittance and acceptance, religious fundamentalists oppose and condemn to the point of absurdity, and the media overcapitalizes on anything outside of the status quo.
I have no problems with who people choose to sleep with (how many is another story), but I also don’t want to know about it. So you like someone of the same gender – who cares? Sexuality isn’t something to advertise; doing so only makes people uncomfortable. At least, that’s my feeling. I believe that who you enter a relationship with is your business. Hell, when I get married, I’ll tell my parents and friends, but I’m not going to shout out to everyone I am capable of contacting, “Hey everybody! I love women, and I’m about to get married to the most beautiful woman in the world! Deal with it!”
People in the so-called Gay Pride movement, on the other hand, just stoke the flames of already volatile arguments between radicals on both sides. As I said before, I have no problem with people choosing to enter relationships with persons of the same sex, but when you act so flamboyantly and outlandishly, it’s not a form of expression – it’s a form of ludicrousness. I have the same feeling towards heterosexuals who advertise their sexual preference and towards anyone who is overly upfront about anything. Subtlety, politeness and general courtesy are (in my opinion) the best ways to show others how good a person you are. Of course, if you have strong opinions, there is nothing wrong with talking or writing about them so long as you do not intentionally say or write something inflammatory.