Thompson: Backlash to gay character in 'Beauty and the Beast' is unwarranted, and unfortunately a tale as old as time
It’s a tale as old as time, true as it can be: Kidnapping and bestiality are acceptable storylines in children’s films, but two men dancing is not.
Walt Disney Co.’s live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” which was released Friday in the United States, is already sparking controversy that doesn’t have to do with Lumière’s candle wicks. The film, a 21st-century adaptation of the 1991 animated movie, re-envisioned the villain Gaston’s sidekick, LeFou, as a gay man.
LeFou, who has made hi