|Luke Evans and Josh Gad..."a gay moment"|
It certainly doesn't warrant all the ridiculous fuss being made about it.
Religious groups are up in arms, an Alabama movie theatre has banned it and the Russian government is considering doing the same following revelations that the character LeFou, played by Josh Gad, is gay.
LeFou is the unctuous manservant to the film's hyper-macho villain Gaston, played by Luke Evans and, says director Bill Condon: "LeFou is somebody who one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realising that he has these feelings. ...it's a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie."
Hardly surprising considering both Condon and co-star Luke Evans are openly gay.
And it's by no means the first time animated Disney movies have hinted at some of their characters being gay.
Consider: There was the companionship of Timon and Pumbaa and their adoption of baby Simba in the Lion King, along with the foppish villainy of the same film's Scar, an alpha lion who has never found a mate.
Same goes for Baloo, the carefree single bear of The Jungle Book, or the coy, eyelash-batting male skunk who introduces himself to young fawn Bambi with the immortal words, “You can call me Flower if you want to."
And Ursula, the vampy, tentacled sea witch of The Little Mermaid was famously modelled on superstar drag queen Divine.
So a gay moment in Beauty and the Beast shouldn't be the cause for all this homophobic backlash.