Jesse Tyler Ferguson Responds to Backlash Against Gay Beauty And The Beast Character

Jesse Tyler Ferguson appeared on Conan Monday night and weighed in on the controversy surrounding the fact that Beauty And The Beast will introduce Disney’s first openly gay character.

Le Fou, sidekick to Gaston will be played by Josh Gad, and according to the film’s director he is “somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston.” While lots of people are celebrating, there’s also been some backlash. At least one theater is refusing to show the film.

Ferguson told Conan O’Brien that some parents are concerned because they believe the character will somehow “make their children gay.” He doesn’t think this is a problem, telling the host, “I’ve seen a million heterosexual movies and never for a moment did I think for a split second…”

He did acknowledge, however that The Little Mermaid wanted to make him a mermaid.

Watch the video above, via TBS.

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