Franklin Graham calls for 'Beauty and the Beast' boycott over gay character
Posted March 3
Charlotte, N.C. — Charlotte-based evangelist Franklin Graham is calling for a boycott of the new Disney "Beauty and the Beast" film that features Disney’s first-ever gay character.
In a Facebook post that has been shared over 87,000 times, Graham says “They’re trying to push the LGBT agenda into the hearts and minds of your children—watch out!”
According to the movie’s director Bill Condon, the character LeFou, played by Josh Gad, will explore his sexuality during the remake of the Disney classic tale.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon said. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively, gay moment in a Disney movie.”
On the red carpet during the world premiere of the film Thursday, Gad said, "What was most important to me was taking a character that is wonderful and so iconic, but is defined by cartoon conceits in the (original) movie... and expanding on that, giving him dimension, making him human."