Beauty and the Beast’s ‘Gay Moment’ Is Nonsense and Not a Problem
Ahead of the release of the new Beauty And The Beast live-action musical, it was leaked there would be a brief "gay moment" for one of the characters. Well, whoop-de-doo.
First off, I'm kind of proud that most people don't seem to be buying into this controversy at all. I've seen stories talking about a "backlash" and "outcry," and even ONE WHOLE DRIVE-IN THEATER IN ALABAMA is refusing to play the movie. But let's look at the arguments out there anyways.
Let's start with the claim that Disney is "forcing their views on us." Okay, how is that? Are Mickey and Minnie showing up to your house and forcing you to the theater at gunpoint? Just don't go if you don't like it. That'll teach them! Oh, there's the fact that Disney leaked this info ahead of the release, too, so you know about it in plenty of time to make a decision on whether to take your kids.
Next on the wheel of stupid, just what do you think is going to happen? Maybe in your brain, a full-on porno breaks out, but this is a DISNEY movie. This moment is apparently a very brief moment of two men dancing. Yep, that's it. Disney knows your kids don't even want to see the main characters kiss for more than a few seconds because kids think that's yucky.
Then, there are the shrill cries of 'what do I tell my kids about this!' Well, you could be a good parent and say "honey, sometimes boys like boys and girls like girls and it's okay as long as they treat each other with love and respect." Or you could punt and say, "Oh those boys are just being silly." Or punt really far and say "let's go get popcorn!"
Lastly, you do know that Beauty and the Beast is a movie about a woman and a giant dog-man falling in love, right? Are you seriously telling me that you're more concerned about a gay moment than a woman making out with a wolf in a tuxedo? Man, your priorities are messed up.
I could understand culture moments like this if we all funded movies and some people didn't want certain things represented (I'd still think it was dumb and wrong, but at least I'd understand your point), but Disney put a half a billion bucks into making and marketing this movie. They can do whatever they want, and they don't need your approval.