Spoiler alert! The following contains spoilers for the 2017 remake of Beauty and also the Beast

So that was it, huh?

That"s what many moviegoers room saying after seeing Disney"s recent live-action remake, Beauty and the Beast. They"re no talking around the all at once film, i beg your pardon is getting great reviews (three out of four stars indigenous USA TODAY) and breaking box office records with a $170 million debut, the highest ever for March and the seventh-highest of every time.

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The underwhelmed reaction has been to the so-called "exclusively happy moment" in the film, which has actually caused international controversy since director invoice Condon first mentioned it in an interview with Attitude magazine.

In the interview, Condon stated the character LeFou (Josh Gad) would be shown as gay. This caused the film to get shelved in Kuwait and also Malaysia, come be given a stricter rating in Russian theaters and to be boycotted by one Alabama drive-in.

So what precisely caused every this controversy?

The "gay moment" that Condon to be referring to is a blink-and-you"ll-miss-it shooting in the film"s final seconds. LeFou, the villain Gaston"s (Luke Evans) side-kick, dances through a male in the final ball succession just prior to the credits roll. There are oblique references to LeFou"s sexuality end the food of the film. That is illustrated as having actually something of an unrequited crush on Gaston, having actually euphemistic conversations about their relationship and looking longingly in ~ him during the tune Gaston.


Outside that LeFou, there is additionally a sub-text to fill moment during the battle sequence in which the wardrobe (Audra McDonald) costume three guys in women"s clothes. Two of them run away in fear, while one appears happier in his brand-new garb. This moment, too, is for this reason quick and also insignificant in the greater plot that the movie that many audience members may have missed it.


After the film"s big opening weekend, countless moviegoers described the debate as lot ado around nothing.

"If nobody had said that #LeFou had a "gay moment" in #BeautyAndTheBeast, i really don"t think the would"ve also been a thing," wrote one Twitter user. "Watched the new #BeautyAndTheBeast movie critical night, honestly don"t understand what the angry (about) there gift a gay character was (about)," composed another. One more said that the minute was "soooo overblown and also is soooo no a problem" that "the civilization has unable to do crazy."

Still, also the fleeting dance in between Le Fou and another man was enough to cause spontaneous applause in part screenings of the movie, together multiple users reported on social media. "Best component of my day was when half the theatre clapped and cheered as soon as the gay pair came on screen in #BeautyAndTheBeast," report one audience member.

Others who supported the film applauded how much money it was able rack in in spite of reported "boycotts."

Though the minute was well-received or underwhelming to plenty of audience members, over there were part in the LGBT neighborhood who thought the representation of a happy character did no go far enough. "I think #BeautyAndTheBeast has some significant logic problems, however as much as a fairy tale goes, it"s okay. Also LeFou is not gay enough," one Twitter user wrote.

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The emotion was mutual by some LGBT critics and also writers.

"Disney deserve to pat chin on its ago all it wants for turning a knevish buffoon that was coded together gay in the original film right into a morally ambiguous buffoon that is more obviously gay, confides in a teapot, and also tries the end dancing with a man," wrote Vulture. "Although i adored the movie overall, component of my frustration through it is the I had hoped for much more out the Condon’s "exclusively gay moment,"" The Huffington Post explained. "Instead, I discovered myself left wondering how long the LGBTQ+ community must wait to check out a truly authentic power of queerness by a key character in a Disney film."