Disney, of course, is releasing a highly-anticipated live-action adaptation of Beauty & the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, set to hit theaters on March 17, 2017. But now a UK class entitled “Racism/Sexism in Disne”y alleges that the movie promotes domestic violence, and that Belle is actually in an abusive relationship. An excerpt from the lesson plan reads:
“The Beast does not attack Belle but the threat of physical violence is present. The movie says if a woman is pretty and sweet natured she can change an abusive man into a kind and gentle man. In other words, it is the woman’s fault if her man abuses her. And of course, the beast turns into a handsome prince because ugly people cannot be happy.”
Not everyone agrees, however. ONTD commenters, for instance, were having none of it.
last time I checked, Disney’s Belle doesn’t actually try to do anything to change the Beast’s nature. He makes the active decision to change after she tells him off for being an asshole.
Seriously. He needed a reality check (after a life of being a asshole) and she gave it to him and he made the choice to change.
exactly. the crux of the plot lies with beast being willing to change for the better. and in part, it’s because belle reminds him that he could be. but in the end, it had to be his own actions.
lmao and people saying he ‘kidnapped’ her…do people forget she traded herself for her father because he was old and sick and she knew he couldn’t last in those cells? Belle’s free will is one of the central fucking THEMES of the movie.
Like, she doesn’t wanna marry Gaston and is VERY clear about it even when others are like ‘BUT WHY?!’ and when the Beast is awful to her she stands her ground. It is very clear that he changes because he wants to change because she doesn’t treat him either like a spoiled prince or a heinous beast, she treats him like she would treat Gaston when he’s shitty or any other HUMAN.
That’s the whole damn point of the movie – that Belle is the one who learns to ‘love a beast’ because she doesn’t see ‘the Beast’ she sees ‘the Man who acts like a Beast’ and she treats him as such by standing up to him.
A Disney spokesperson released the following statement:
“For more than 90 years, Disney’s timeless stories and beloved characters, including Disney Princesses, have been universal, relatable and relevant for everyone. They are loved by millions of children and adults across gender because it is their inner qualities such as determination, kindness, loyalty, humour, courage and wit that shine through and define them.”
Over the years, many other iconic Disney characters have been chastised as being sexist etc, including Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Princess Jasmine from Aladdin. (via movie web)
What do YOU think?