Note: I wrote this as tactfully and honestly as I could. So please don't think I'm aiming this post at anyone or that I'm "attacking" anyone's beliefs. Honestly, I'm doing just the opposite. :)
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*takes a deep breath* Okay, so I've been debating about whether or not I should actually address this issue...but I feel like this is something I really need to say.
In case some of you haven't heard (which is nearly impossible, the way the media's been flaunting it), Disney decided to make the character LeFou gay in the new Beauty and the Beast movie.
Needless to say, this decision has created quite a commotion, especially amongst Christians. A lot of people--many of whom I know--have actually decided not to see the movie at all because of this. On the other hand, a lot of liberal newspapers are lauding this as the best decision Disney has ever made. You know, in the name of diversity and whatnot.
For me personally, it's something I've been thinking about...a lot. Not gonna lie, I was really upset when I found out. Like really. upset. Part of it may be the fact that I was already having a pretty bad day at the time, but even weeks (I think??) later, I'm still unhappy with it.
The thing is, this wouldn't even be an issue if they hadn't gone out of their way to make it one. I think that's what bugs me the most about the whole thing. Chances are, if the director hadn't made a point of saying LeFou had this "great gay moment" or whatever, no one would even know about it. It's subtle enough that it could just be construed as LeFou admiring Gaston--just like in the animated version. In fact, the composer of the movie's score, Alan Menken, actually said that. He was talking about how ridiculous this whole thing was and that he always saw LeFou as looking up to Gaston. He blames the journalist from a gay magazine for creating an issue out of it. (source)
Like I said, this is something I've been thinking and praying about for a while. I feel like some Christians who are boycotting it are (perhaps unintentionally) shaming other Christians who decide to see it, while other people are saying that those who avoid seeing the film are narrow-minded and stuck in the past.
BUT GUYS. Does this have to be something we "shame" people about? In the end, what we choose to do is a matter of conscience. I know of some Christians who have decided to still see it--and that's totally fine. If they don't feel convicted not to see it, then that's okay. That's their decision, between them and God.
I think most Christians can agree that they aren't thrilled about this decision. (Most but not all.) However, it really isn't something that we should judge people about if they choose to still see the film. I've seen some people actually telling other people that they probably shouldn't see the movie now because of this...and that just makes me a little irritated. Because yes, I don't approve of this decision. But that doesn't give other people the right to command my conscience. 'Cause, guys--it's a matter of conscience in the end. If we feel convicted not to see it, that's fine. But if not, other people should respect that decision.
One other thing I wanted to point out is that just because we see a movie with something like a gay character in it doesn't mean we approve of it. Seriously, how many Christians do you think have seen movies with language in it? Does that mean that we support the use of bad language just because we saw the movie in theaters? Not at all. I'm very sensitive to language in movies and books, yet even I have seen a couple movies in theaters that had language in them. However, just because I saw the films doesn't mean I approve of all the content.
So I guess what I'm trying to say here is this: let's give each other some respect. I'm still really disappointed about the producer's announcement, but I haven't decided whether I'm seeing the movie or not. My family is leaning towards not seeing it, but I just haven't felt convicted not to. However, whatever my decision may be in the end, we as Christians can agree on one thing: we are brothers and sisters in Christ and nothing can change that.
Let's remember to love each other. And hey, if I end up seeing Beauty and the Beast, I'll let you all know how it is. ;)
"Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to one hope when you were called-- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
~ Ephesians 4:3-6 ~