Beauty and the Beast will feature the first openly gay Disney character, LeFou, as played by Josh Gad. Of course, this news preceded an incredibly ignorant controversy over the character's mere existence.
A movie theater in Alabama has refused to show the film over the character, but as OUT Magazine points out, "people will simply go to the other 4,000 or so theaters showing the film to see it." Just as absurd and perhaps even scarier, the "Culture Minister" of Russia said "action would be taken" regarding the movie, perhaps in the form of a ban in that country, according to the BBC.
On Monday, LeFou himself responded to the "controversy" in an interview with People. Even though Josh Gad thinks that "everything that's needed to be said on this issue has probably, definitely" been said already, he used the opportunity to add a thoughtful response.
"To reiterate I think everything that's needed to be said on this issue has probably, definitely been said by now, including by people who have not seen the film passing judgments," said Josh Gad.
"And what I would say is this film is one of inclusiveness, it's one that has something to offer everyone. And there are things in it that I do think are really important. And probably at the forefront of that is this idea of never judging a book by its cover."
Gad continued: "There is so much fear out there of that which we don't understand, of that which we don't know. And you have a character in Gaston who uses his charm offensive to whip other people into a frenzy, to go and attack somebody they've never met, somebody that's different, somebody that only represents a danger because he says that he represents a danger."
"And I think that that theme is as relevant today as it was when Beauty and the Beast was first written 300-years-ago. So that's what I hope people take from it."