Beauty Said No Beasts

by - March 27, 2017

I went to see the live action Beauty & The Beast (2017) on the weekend because I loved the Disney animation as a kid and throughout the movie, I found my brain screaming, 'No, no, no, no, NO!' How? What? Huh? Why is one of the most intelligent and vocal feminists of the younger generation starring in a film about a young woman being held against her will and verbally abused by a beast with anger issues? I don't get it. How did this happen?

I know it's a fairy tale, and fairy tales were written in an age when women were more or less property, and I guess Belle should be grateful her father let her learn how to read and didn't force her to marry into money - but honestly, I wish Disney hadn't rehashed this old story when there are so many others to choose from. It is sending the wrong message to a new generation of princesses who deserve better than to let a man stomp all over their freedom and feelings.

I don't regret buying my Minkpink Ever After Tee Dress pictured because it's super cute. But I'm suddenly wondering if growing up with terrible fairytale stories like Beauty & The Beast is one of the reasons I was silly enough to give The Cheater and No Fun so many more chances than they deserved. 

Beauty & the Beast is basically teaching little girls that if they give a narcissist with a horrible temper enough chances and enough love, that he will eventually grow a warm side to his cold personality, magically be able to fall in love, and transform into prince charming. Though, in the live action version, I much prefered the beast in beast form than prince form but that's beside the point. The point is no. No. No. N-O. No. My once and future princesses, you deserve to be in a relationship with well-rounded, decent human being. You don't need to fix a broken beast - he is not your problem. When you come across an angry beast, you move on as quick as you can. 

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  1. “once upon a time, the princess rose from the ashes her dragon lovers made of her & crowned herself the mother-fucking queen of herself. - how’s that for a happily ever after?”
    ― Amanda Lovelace, The Princess Saves Herself in this One
    with love from Stellar.