Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Horrible Message of Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Okay. I saw Walt Disney Picture’s Beauty and the Beast this weekend with a date. Yeah, yeah. I get it. The things we do for love, huh?

Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast
The movie’s musical score is nice and Emma Watson is just about as adorable as she can be, but I am baffled by this movie's message. I'm not the first to connect the dots between Belle falling in love with the Beast and Stockholm Syndrome. You know, Stockholm Syndrome, right? It's the feelings of love, trust, and affection that captives and hostages tend to develop toward their captors. In this live action version, Belle's feelings for Beast start to change from disdain to affection after he defends her from wolves who are trying to eat her. That's really going from the frying pan into the fire, but never mind Beast's intention was preventing her escape. Later, while still his captive, Belle, who is an avid reader, takes another step toward a love connection after Beast "gives" her his priceless library. As a Beast’s literal prisoner, the gift of the library to Belle is like giving a caged parakeet a bell to ring or a mirror for amusement.

What the absolute fuck?

Stockholm Syndrome aside, the second and equally disturbing message of Beauty and the Beast is the suggestion that a woman’s love can change a man. If a man is an uncouth and ill-mannered beast, then, by all means, marry him. Your love, ladies, will change him. Alcoholic? No problem. Drug addict? Go for it. Spouse abuser? Child abuser? The strength and purity of your love will change that beast into a god-damned prince.
FedEx Ground 2016 Player of the Year, Adrian Peterson
entered a plea of no-contest to abusing a four year old.

Um, that’s not really the way it works. Just ask any wife or girlfriend of any man on the roster of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.

These are terrible messages for girls and young women. Look, there are monsters in this world and they look just like people. So, if a woman meets a monster, knows the person is a monster, and chooses to make a commitment to the monster, well, who’s fault is it that there’s a monster in the castle? According to Disney, it’s not really a problem at all. With her love, the psychologically abused woman can change the monster into a prince. Is this the message we want for our daughters?

I just got my vagina hat. Let me know when we march on Hollywood.