People are complaining about too many black people in Beauty and the Beast but they aren't complaining about the talking candle or teapot
What else is new? Sentient snowmen, dragons with English accents, werebuffalo aristocracy, magic etc. all fine. Black or brown skin? Think of the historical inaccuracies!
It shows just how racist they are when the film is set in a period where there would have been black and brown folks living in France as citizens. If the approximated time period is correct, then Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, Alexander Dumas’ father, would have been alive.
my father has told me in the past with great sincerity and feeling that our family are (in chronological order) russian royalty, russian peasantry, spanish aristocracy, ruska roma, space aliens and leonard cohen. now he’s actually definitively traced his ancestry he’s bored with it and has moved on to claiming to be a reiki energy being sent to earth to teach humans how to love. at last i’ve reached the important point of my development where i understand that my father is a literal crazy person who believes whatever he wants to believe and that’s ok
so! i am super passionate about beauty and the beast and have seen and read SO many incarnations of the story! my favorite is the disney animated adaptation, with the 2017 live action coming in, too! i also really love the black and white french film, so there might be touches of that in the story!
my au won’t be a direct version of the disney story, but it will feature a lot of similar plot points and ideas. here’s my general premise:
obviously i’ve had this fascination with aristocracy my whole life. like, the kings and queens of 500 years ago… they’re like rock stars. if there was a ‘tmz’ 500 years ago, it would be about, like, henry viii and marie antoinette and all those people.
We have let the most downtrodden among us struggle on alone in the cold and dark, drowning in gutters, homeless and addicted. We have collectively failed to reckon with the bloody underbelly of a civilization built by the hands of black slaves on the bones of conquered indigenous peoples worldwide. We’ve been perfectly comfortable with using disabled and queer and transgender people as inspiration porn, giving hollow congratulations for their “bravery” while they struggle to survive because we won’t reach down to pull them up.
We have given up our voice in government, in the workplace, and on the streets because we have been complacent. We have been lazy. We have let the smallest fraction of a percentile of social Darwinists divide and conquer us. We have stopped speaking out because we’ve let them convince us that we won’t be heard. We have been cowed and are being led to slaughter.
WE ARE OUT OF TIME.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve lost faith in government. Democracy is our JOB. We need to vote in every election we can. Our hands-off approach has led us here. It doesn’t matter if you find nonviolent protests inconvenient or uncomfortable. We need them. We need everyone to see the violence being done to people of color and the poor firsthand. We need the complacent to see the police beating and shooting and gassing those of us who have been pushed so far that there is nowhere left to go. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pacifist. When someone openly advocates for genocide, when white men strip us of healthcare (and make no mistake, more than 40,000 a year will die from that action alone), they forfeit their right to discourse. When a human being proudly proclaims their wish that other human beings JUST DIE to make their own life more comfortable, they are beyond reason. If we don’t have the stomach to clash with Nazis, we had damned sure be willing to quietly step out of the way without making false equivalencies.
There is no neutrality. The entire world is in peril. We must use EVERY resource we have to fight, and even then it may still be too late. Those of us with the most resources, the most privilege, MUST step up and shoulder the burden that the most downtrodden have borne for centuries.
We cannot stand by and let others do the work. Our survival depends on ALL of us pulling together.
Do these things in any way that you can. In every way that you can.
This is a battle to save the world, and YOU are Earth’s champion.
Die Burg Hohenzollern is the ancestral seat of the imperial House of Hohenzollern. The third of 3 castles on the site, it is located atop a 234 m bluff rising above the towns of Hechingen & Bisingen in the foothills of the Swabian Alp in Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany.
The House of Hohenzollern is a dynasty of former princes, electors, kings, and emperors of Hohenzollern, Brandenburg, Prussia, the German Empire, and Romania. The family arose during the 11th century. Their first ancestor was mentioned in 1061. They derived from the Burchardinger dynasty. The family split into 2 branches, the Catholic Swabian branch and the Protestant Franconian branch, which later became the Brandenburg-Prussian branch. The Swabian branch ruled Hohenzollern-Hechingen and Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen until 1849, and also ruled Romania (1866-1947). Members of the Franconian branch became Margrave of Brandenburg in 1415 and Duke of Prussia in 1525. The Kingdom of Prussia was created in 1701, eventually leading to the unification of Germany and the creation of the German Empire (1871), with the Hohenzollerns as hereditary German Emperors and Kings of Prussia. Germany’s defeat in WW1 (1918) led to the German Revolution. The Hohenzollerns were overthrown and the Weimar Republic was established, thus bringing an end to the German Monarchy. Read more.