(EDGE) In a new interview with People magazine, actor Josh Gad is speaking out about the so-called "gay moment" in the upcoming live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast."
Gad plays Gaston's sidekick LeFou and, according to the film's cast and crew, is undoubtedly gay as he has a crush on his muscular and handsome buddy, played by Luke Evans. Gad was quick to silence anti-gay haters, who have been vocal about taking issue with the moment, saying the "film is one of inclusiveness." He said "Beauty and the Beast" is "subtle but incredibly effective...everything that needed to be said on this issue has definitely been said."
"There is so much fear out there of that which we don't understand, that which we don't know," Gad told People. He said the theme of the film is "never to judge a book by its cover."
"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."
News of the "gay moment" came in an Attitude magazine interview with director Bill Condon, who called it a "watershed moment" for Disney. But the filmmaker recently walked back his enthusiasm when controversy over the scene erupted calling it "overblown."