To Be or Not to be: GAY?
In fact, the article, "The truth about Louis XVI's marital difficulties," explains how the "medical problem" was responsible for his lack of sexual interest in women. The article states, " Historians agree that the marriage of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette was only consummated seven years after the official ceremony. The delay could have been due to a genital abnormality (phimosis), a strict religious upbringing, a difficult childhood and the immaturity of the spouses, factors that may have inhibited sexuality. In this paper we try to determine whether Louis XVI overcame his sexual problems following an operation (circumcision) or as a result of a spontaneous cure." We will really never know the truth about Louis XVI's sexual orientation. Regardless of what side of the argument you stand with, Coppola certainly does not deny or confirm Louis XVI's homo or heterosexuality in the film! However, the film does not allude to the fact that he has a sexual medical condition; on the contrary, the doctor gives Louis XVI a clean bill of health!