Friendly reminder that this creepy moment existed.
Friendly reminder that this creepy moment existed.
The absence of women in history is man made.
SO MUCH THIS
Plus, can we talk about how big a baby these two men must be (and the men around them) for them to throw a snit over being struck out. Poor guys, guess they didn’t like being shown to be less “manly” than they pretended to be.
We demonstrate that we’re better that a man at a thing and how do these guys react? Ban any woman from playing against a man in the thing she’s better than him at
Thus the misogynistic douchebags out there can keep on pretending that we’re ‘Weaker’ or ‘Inferior’ by not even letting us TRY to demonstrate otherwise
Emma Thompson warmly thanking her husband while accepting the Empire best actress award (x)
I read all of this then remembered that her husband is the absolute babe who played Willoughby in S&S.
Wow Emma…I’m jelly all over again
stop using yourfaveisproblematic as your only ref for hating somebody!!!!
Oh I use celebreceipts too
Gaston really is the most terrifying Disney villain because he could be anyone in the world.
Later he convinces the whole town to set up his wedding with the knowledge that the would-be bride would be thrown into it. Everyone finds his creepy-ass tactics as cute and “boys will be boys” esque. So yeah, he is terrifying.
Yeah, the truly scary thing about Beauty and the Beast isn’t that Gaston exists, but that society fucking loves him. People who deride the movie by saying it’s about Stockholm Syndrome are ignoring that it’s actually about the various ways that truly decent people get bothered by society. People don’t trust the Beast because of the way he looks, which only feeds his anger issues and pushes him further away. Gaston isn’t the only one who criticizes Belle for being bookish, either; the whole town says there must be something wrong with her. And her father gets carted off to a mental asylum for being just a little eccentric.
Howard Ashman, who collaborated on the film’s score and had a huge influence on the movie’s story and themes, was a gay man who died of AIDS shortly after work on the film was completed. If you watch the film with that in mind, the message of it becomes clear. Gaston demonstrates that bullies are rewarded and beloved by society as long as they possess a certain set of characteristics, while nice people who don’t are ostracized. The love story between Belle and the Beast is about them finding solace in each other after society rejects them both.
Notice how the Beast reacts when the whole town comes for him. He’s not angry, he’s sad. He’s tired. And he almost gives up because he has nothing to live for. But then he sees that Belle has come back for him, and suddenly he does. In the original fairy tale, the Beast asks Belle to marry him every night, and the spell is broken when she accepts. In the Disney movie, he waits for her to love him, because he cannot love himself. That’s how badly being ostracized from society and told that you’re a monster all your life can fuck with your head and make you stop seeing yourself as human.
Society rewards the bullies because we’ve been brought up to believe that their victims don’t belong. That if someone doesn’t fit in, then they have to be put in their place, or destroyed. And this movie demonstrates that this line of thinking is wrong. It’s so much deeper than a standard “be yourself” message, and that’s why it’s one of my favorite Disney movies.
Also, I’m not sure how strong the case of Stockholm is in the case of Disney. Definitely saying you can change a man is worrying. But the Beast and Belle’s relationship just doesn’t feel abusive.
At first it is a relationship with arranged terms - the Beast is a massive jerk who has imprisoned her father for trespassing. Which is a dick move, but you can imagine he was terrified of people finding out about his “condition”. Doesn’t excuse his violence/locking up of Belle’s dad, but it has reasons beyond abuse-for-abuse sake.
Belle exchanges herself for her father. She doesn’t particularly enjoy the prospect of being a prisoner, but she knows she’ll survive in a cold castle easier than her old father. The Beast sees this offer as unusually kind, and rewards her - she is still imprisoned, but as she did not commit the act of trespass herself, he gives her a warm comfortable room and company of his weird-ass enchanted objects.
At first he treats Belle as a prisoner, being loud and the worst. And she is fair for yelling right back. The incident in the West Wing isn’t great - she is in his home, this is a magical beast creature with a clearly enchanted home, when he says not to enter a space, it’s a fair enough request. It turns out to be his private space, where his memories of his former life and the body horror now meet. It’s “his room” which is run down, broken and clearly the result of many nights of his anguish. Compared to the neat and pristine state of the rest of the castle, it seems the Beast treats himself the worst.
I think the true problem with the Beast when we meet him is that he deals with emotional conflict, and negative emotions with over-reactions and violence. But these don’t actually seem to be natural reactions for him - they’re learnt behaviours. As they say, he doesn’t want to fight with Gaston, he would rather lie down and end it. Violence isn’t a natural state for him but rather a learnt behaviour to protect himself. So when he sees Belle threatening his only way back to his human form, he reacts in this learnt behaviour. Which is bad. Obviously. But again, this isn’t the pattern of a typical abuser. This is a damaged human lashing out.
His treatment of Belle is never intentionally malicious - at first he has completely forgotten how to deal with humans - it’s been 20 years since he’s interacted with them and he has grown into his animalism. He treats the servants differently depending on mood. But when your servants are literally objects and you yourself are a speciesless beast in a human-less castle for 20 years, your social cues and behaviour would suffer. He has also forgotten how to listen.
When he and Belle return to the castle after the wolf attack, Belle fixes his wounds. He lashes out like a small child might over the pain, and they argue. But notice when they argue, it’s actually an argument, not verbal abuse or him shouting her down. He starts to listen to her and rebuts her until she makes her final point. And then he shuts up, and thinks about it.
She tells him he should control his temper and he actually listens. You see him think about it and actually work on his temper from then on. Humans aren’t perfect we all have things to work on. A person cannot change their abusive partner but they can help their partner work on temper and anger management.
An abusive relationship is more than bad temper - I’m sure many women will attest to that. A bad temper doesn’t help it. But the Beast doesn’t show any of the manipulative qualities that typically course through an abusive partner. He starts with a bad temper, constantly shouting and lashing out, mostly due to loneliness and pain. Belle tells him to STFU and shows him a scrape of kindness and he decides to work on it. There are scenes later in the film where he is frustrated or cranky but he deals with it differently. The bowl/spoon scene and the hairstyle scene spring to mind. The old beast would have broken the bowl and ruined the meal because he couldn’t use the spoon. But being conscious of his temper he works with Belle to find a better way of eating it. Similarly in the hairstyle scene, he is given a ridiculous look - he responds not with trashing the room and terrorising the servants but just with a dry comment about looking stupid. He actually consciously works on his temper, and it manifests in constructive, and more amusing ways.
This goes with the kindness he’s being shown by Belle. I do think the animalism of it is an influence - the Beast’s character moves not like a woman “fixing” an abusive spouse, but the treatment afforded to abused dogs. Often they are hyper-sensitive and lash out when first rescued but with time, kindness and boundaries, they end up lovable companions once more. This is what happens to the Beast - he is given boundaries and he is given kindness. Once he’s given kindness by Belle he wants to do something for her in return - he actually vocalises his compulsion to do nice things for her (which I know we all feel when we realise we like a person). It’s not that he thinks giving her flower or chocolates (or a library) is going to “win” her over. It’s that he wants to do it. The beast isn’t a complicated soul - he voices these feelings clearly and simply to Cogsworth.
And when he gives her the library, it isn’t manipulative. It’s a safe space for her and is a thoughtful gift that caters to her needs.
By the time they have their ball date thing, he realises he can’t keep her there any longer. She’s been there around a month, long enough for him to embrace his humanity again. And he lets her go.
I know Disney isn’t perfect, or anywhere close, but I feel like writing off this relationship and character development as “Stockholm syndrome” or “abusive” actually insults women who experience the terror of domestic violence. It’s a film that doesn’t ever show the Beast manipulating or playing with Belle like an abusive partner does. It’s naive to compare real women being hurt (and more troubling media depictions of abusive relationships) to something like this relationship, which to me is far more rooted in the concept of a demonised outcast, Rather than someone who is truly abusive.
I think it also is worrying to project all of this onto the Beast and ignore Gaston’s manipulative abusive bullshit. Gaston, as the previous poster said, is a fucking abusive dipshit. He tries tricking Belle into marrying him, he uses his status around town to hurt people, he rallies an angry mob for christ-sake. This is a person who understands how people think, understands PR and is extremely good at manipulation. The town adores this man - he can’t do anything wrong. He treats Belle like absolute shit and the town says “what’s wrog with her?” when she rejects him.
Belle has the strength to stand up to the town hero and push him out of her house, after he tries to sexually and physically intimidate her. The social ramifications of treating him this way are huge - he gets her father committed! Do we think Belle would do something like this, be this brave and strong to something far more powerful and then get Stockholm with the Beast? The Beast has no influence, his servants wont let him hurt anyone or get away with shit, and he can’t touch her family. If Belle thought she was being treated like shit, she lets the Beast know (“Well if you hadn’t frightened me I wouldn’t have run away”). When he treats her badly, she leaves. But when he’s been torn apart by wolves, she has compassion enough to help him out.
Belle’s problem isn’t the Beast; it’s Gaston. The abusive manipulative powers in her life isn’t a cursed prince with a bad temper - it’s the Big Man around Town.
We’ve had over 20 years of feminist dialogue about this movie and I swear mainstream commentors love to ignore the biggest threat in this film in order to demonise a social outcast. It’s fucking boring and dangerous.
Gaston is the monster. Never forget that.
Pray for South Korea
Tears are streaming down my face. I don’t care what your belief is, please send anything, even good vibes, to these kids because oh my god they are suffering so much. The water is muddy and it’s freezing and they are dying and they’re only seventeen..
These children are so scared.. desperately reassuring the world that yes, they are alive, please come for them. They’re messaging their little sisters, apologizing that they won’t be able to grant a request when they’re seconds away from death and just
oh.. oh my god. oh my fucking god words cannot describe the pain I’m feeling
I didn’t know what was going on. I knew it when I read BBC news. They’re still young.. We still have hope. I wish they’re fine..
YOU CAME TO THE WRONG NEIGHBORHOOD MOTHERFUCKA!!!
the thing about non-korean countries
is they are seoul-less
White People: - “Black people are always pulling the race card!”
I like to think that this is when Ron decided not to ever worry about exams again.
MINERVA MCGONAGALL: [on her time at Hogwarts] … by the end of the 1953-1954 school year, her seventh and last year at the school, Minerva had achieved an impressive record: she achieved top grades in her O.W.L. and N.E.W.T. examinations, she had been both a Prefect and a Head Girl, and won the Transfiguration Today Most Promising Newcomer award. She, like Dumbledore, received “Outstanding” in all her O.W.L’s and N.E.W.T’s. Having learned Transfiguration from Professor Albus Dumbledore, Minerva became, under his guidance, an Animagus, an ability that was duly recorded in the Animagus Registry at the Ministry of Magic. Minerva also played for Gryffindor Quidditch team in her student years; a nasty fall in her final year (a foul during the Gryffindor versus Slytherin match which would decide the Quidditch Cup winner) left her with a concussion, several broken ribs and a lifelong desire to see Slytherin crushed on the Quidditch pitch.
(requested by sarellatully)
Everyone who reblogs this will get the title of a book to read based on their bio/posts.
Everyone. I mean it.
THIS IS THE BEST POST
I HAVE EVER SEEN
they really do mean everyone
and in that moment, everyone’s heart broke.
:( My hearts still hurting
These are interesting points but