Josh Gad Responds to Controversy Over ‘Beauty and the Beast’s’ Gay Moment

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Josh Gad says the “gay moment” in Disney’s new “Beauty and the Beast” film is “subtle but incredibly effective,” and “everything that needed to be said on this issue has definitely been said.”

In an interview with People, Gad shut down the criticism of his character’s sexuality, noting that the “film is one of inclusiveness.” Controversy over the moment sparked last week, after director Bill Condon mentioned its inclusion. That led a theater in Alabama to cancel screenings of the film.

“There is so much fear out there of that which we don’t understand, that which we don’t know,” Gad told People. He added that a central theme of the film is “never to judge a book by its cover,” making it particularly ironic that so many are commenting on the film before having seen it.


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“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,” Gad added. “Somebody that only represents a danger because [Gaston] says that he represents a danger.”

The comment echos what Gad and Condon told Variety on the red carpet at the film’s premiere; they both noted that the film has especially relevant messages today.

Gaston’s hate and ability to stir hate based on how someone looks is “more resonant than it’s ever been,” Gad said.

Nonetheless, he added, “I do think [the moment] is going to be effective and I do think it’s important.”



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Condon told Attitude Magazine last week, “It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.” On the carpet, he pulled back, noting that he didn’t want to make it out to be something that it isn’t.

“It’s part of a celebration of love,” he told Variety. “But I don’t want people to think it’s more than it is and be disappointed.”

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  1. Maureen Kimberlin says:

    Seriously, the “love is love” mantra is such a manipulative attempt to shut down anyone that opposes gay marriage, or gay love interests in children’s movies. It seems in our society that “love” between two consenting adults is now the litmus test to determine if a course of action, or a life choice, is right or wrong; I might love my neighbors husband, and he might love me, but it’s still adultery if we have an affair. A father might “love” his daughter, and she might “love” him (both of age) but it’s still incest if they have sex. Both things are considered “wrong” in just about every society.

  2. Gordon says:

    “A nice, exclusively gay moment”? Such a “moment” does not exist, and it is a travesty it would be in a Disney movie.

  3. A Big Screen Must-See says:

    Canceling screenings? Pul-lease. I watched an IMAX advance screening and the entire movie cast represents all races and genders. This is a trumped-up “controversy.” The time period of the fairytale already had effete puffery and wigs and facepowder. Plus the original writings of these tales are gruesome and have been sanitized retroactively over time. It is a spectacular film with only an excess of talent in front and behind the screen. Thankfully tolerance and love enable rebirth.

  4. mykynla says:

    I think they should have just left it the way it was. The Disney Animated Beauty and the Beast. I am all for expressive love and you have the right to love who you want but in the same sense make a disney movie that is brand new and strictly focuses on that plot. Don’t take a movie like beauty and the beast to try and make a statement. Its all to much. I will see it first to see if it is appropriate for my children.

  5. Sarah woodward says:

    We will be passing on this movie. It’s possible to pass on this because the theme is appropriate for our small child. Has nothing to w bigotry, but that’s the typical battle cry of the left.

    • Sarah woodward says:

      Meant to say not appropriate.

      • Thedude3445 says:

        I wonder what is inappropriate for your small child. A scene of implied romance or hand-holding involving Josh Gad? That’s very strange that you would consider that to be inappropriate over the scenes of hand-holding, courtship, and kissing involved with a young woman and her bestial friend in the main plot of the movie. If you don’t like hand-holding or kissing, your small child probably shouldn’t be watching any Disney movies at all, because they are far too lewd for this child.

  6. PleaseMichael says:

    “original story”
    The original story is nothing like the disney version. There are no singing candlesticks and dancing plates. “I want my disney movies to be accurate!”, said no one ever except someone too chicken to at least be honest in their bigotry. Get some courage to stand by your crappy prejudices or don’t share them. Load of twaffle.

  7. That gay part is testing the spirits that are in people. Satanic ISIS and defiled religious people in Alabama are aginst that Gay Moment. People who are not Satanic need to be for what those people are against. Love is love.

  8. Michael W says:

    I have no objections to gay love stories in real life or shown on the screen. But, it seems to me “Beauty and the Beast” is a legendary hetero love story. I cannot recall any gay subplot in the original story nor in Jean Cocteau’s classic 1946 film nor in Disney’s animated 1991 version. Yet, all we are hearing and reading about in the entertainment press is this “gay moment” in this new Disney version.

    What happened to the main love story between Beauty and the Beast? Nary a word is being said about that. It’s a disservice to the central plot of the movie and as an advertising ploy, it may backfire.

    I hope it doesn’t become a practice of inserting gay characters into classic stories that weren’t there in the original. There’s plenty of room in the marketplace for original gay love stories and characters on the big screen or on TV and cable.

    • Thedude3445 says:

      It’s absolutely just a marketing ploy that it was ever brought up, just like in Star Trek Beyond where Sulu’s husband got less than thirty seconds of screentime. But as for Beauty in the Beast, I am very glad they are changing SOMETHING about the story. Otherwise, there’s literally no point in these live-action remakes to exist. I’m very wary of the idea of trying to get people to pay for a movie they have already seen with few to no differences, and Beauty & the Beast looks way too much like that for me at the moment.

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