Ok the reason this is one of the best scenes I have ever seen in a movie is because they immediately establish Colette’s tough personality as traits of a boss NOT a bitch. Unlike far too many films (children’s and adults), this lead female doesn’t try to make herself stand out by saying something that undermines other women like “I’m not like most women who spend half the day worrying what they look like” or “I don’t sit around playing with makeup and dolls”. I am so sick of seeing female characters that are written as being proud of being strong, brave, or courageous despite them being a woman. AS IF BEING A WOMAN IS A HANDICAP AND THEY BEAT THE ODDS. Colette straight out calls the patriarchy and establishes the system between her and her subordinate. At the end she isn’t portrayed as bitchy, but as a leader, and Linguine is impressed, not put off. If a man is tough and takes no bullshit, he is admired and considered a strong leader and boss. If a woman does the same she is considered out of line, bossy, and bitchy.
Here, Colette is an immediate leader, and does not try and undermine herself or other women in order to prove that she is charge.
I’ve been planning to post this since I watched the movie.
So I watched Beauty and the Beast yesterday, and let me tell you, I am in love with it. I legit told my parents I was gonna marry that goddamn movie.
The story line and moral lesson was so sweet. The characters were so diverse and funny and heartbreaking and just overall amazing (I was legit screaming when I saw how many POC characters were in it, God bless). And even though some scenes were a bit rushed and auto tune was kinda irritating, I loved it.
But the best part of the movie was the introduction to Disney’s first canon, outed gay character.
When I first heard that there was gonna be some representation in a children’s film, I was so excited. However, I was kinda worried Disney would play it off as some joke or even make the person a rude, sinister jerk. When I heard LeFou was gonna be the gay character, it made me even more nervous.
But I saw him and his role in the movie. I was shook.
It was so beautiful.
LeFou - I’m so proud of Disney. He isn’t played off as a comic relief or a thing that shouldn’t exist, but he was so well-written and actually had layers. He went through so much development in the movie. His crush on Gaston influenced much of his actions, but soon he realized what was happening and ultimately found some good in his heart. He helped the antiques in the battle and he finally learned that he deserved more than a ruthless, heartless monster with a habit of leaving old men to die in the wilderness.
In the end, he got a happy ending. He’s over Gaston and is now happy and joyful at the ball dance, especially when a handsome young man - Stanley, I think - joins him in the revel.
Honestly, this movie made me feel so happy. But I’m not only gonna stop here.
If you don’t like the movie because you hate gay people: fuck you. It’s 2017, get your shit straight - actually, it’s already straight. But still - we live in a changing world, and we all know we can’t control love. If a princess can fall in love with a beast, I’m pretty sure two guys have the right to kiss.
Try to argue with me. Try.
Secondly, I know some people have doubts about LeFou being a good representative. Remember what I said above. His sexuality corresponds with his actions and behavior. It is shown many times that he loves Gaston, but he doesn’t stay in that want for him much longer when he realizes what a monster he actually is. Like what Mrs. Potts says: “You’re too good for him.”
So he learns a lesson and gets some development. But we have a final thing we have to discuss before I end this.
Many people are pretty upset that there isn’t much representation in general. That there isn’t enough, and most of what happens brings you laughing your ass off.
And to that I say: Look.
Look how far Disney has come. We went from a movie about how true love is always the answer (which it isn’t) to a movie with a diverse cast and the lesson that there is always good and kindness in our hearts. I’m proud that Disney has taken it’s first step (but not the last, mind you) in exploring different cultures and peoples from Polynesian tribes to their first gay character that isn’t “just a joke.” And this probably isn’t the last time we’ll see this kind of diversity.
Disney is taking baby steps, but I will wait for the rest of my life for a time where the LGBTQ+ community is nothing but ordinary. That we exist and we are more than just fetishes and stereotypes.
Be patient. This isn’t forever. Just like how it isn’t forever till you finally come to terms with your sexuality or gender identity. How it isn’t forever till you come out. How it isn’t forever till you make a difference in the world and win equality for all.
I hear so much about how little representation was shown and how the movie failed with it - but take the time to realize. We’re lucky we got actual representation. We’re lucky we’re here today, watching the birth of the first gay Disney character who’s outed and he isn’t just some doofus or laughingstock.
We’re lucky Disney finally heard us and listened.
Maybe they screwed up. Maybe they didn’t. You have your own opinion on how they played it out, and I have mine. But I want you all to know this isn’t the last time we’ll see this. This isn’t the last time we’ll find our community on the screen where so many different people can see.
If Disney doesn’t make more movies with more representation, like hell we would rest. We will make our voices heard, and we will make sure they know we aren’t going to rest until we are seen as valuable as a straight or cis person. We will make sure people will see who we are.
But right now, let’s just look. Look at how people are changing, how minds and ideas are changing. How the world is changing.
One day the world will change. One day everyone will be accepted for who they are, regardless of religion, sexuality, race, gender, kin, age, weight, or anything else. One day, love will bring people together instead of driving them apart, and hate would be something of the past.
It sounds poetic, I know. Even downright stupid.
But I hope this day will come.
The movement for equal rights had started long, long ago, and it’s not done yet. We will fight for our rights. And we still fight today.
This movie is not the start of Disney’s diversity, and it isn’t the end. I have a feeling they’re gonna make more representation in the times yet to come. But let’s be happy they took another step. A step that’ll help show the world that we’re all as valid as society’s “norms.”
I’m so proud of LeFou and what Disney has done, and I can’t wait for more.
are weird about young, teenage, outspoken girls* in the public sphere. It’s
either they are put down due to sexism or ageism or held up on this pedestal
like they know best (and I realize that, in some ways, this blog contributes to
that). It’s the problem with words like “woke” and “problematic” and “canceled”
and the very creepy, narrow way it’s approached, especially on sites like
Tumblr. There’s a lot of misdirected anger at a lot of these young girls when
they do something perceived as wrong. Especially when they identify as “activists”
(even though activism is not an identity but a literal demonstration of the
verb ‘act’ and the adjective ‘active’, but that’s another issue for another
day) and are in the business of publicly educating and dispersing knowledge. It’s
like we’ve moved on from the former expectance of controlled young actresses
and singers who never speak out and pepper teen magazines with aspirational and
fantastical imagery, to expecting perfection in a different way—that these
young girls must have perfect ideologies, perfect education, perfect execution.
Maybe it’s partly these young girls’ faults for taking on these
responsibilities that they are unequipped for. Maybe not. Flaws are still
despised in female public figures. Perfection—variant kinds—is still expected.
Maybe that’s (part of) the problem.
Amandla identifies as non-binary but is still publicly
coded as ‘female’ (an adjective she does not completely reject).
When there is a live action movie of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson
I didn’t “grow up with Disney” and therefore didn’t see the animated movie, only read a lot about it, so there is really no nostalgia there for me. But the main reason I won’t pay to see that movie is, that it’s not only Stockholm Symdrom-y, but also relies on the idea, that a soft and gentle woman* can turn an beast into a loving man*. Fuck that. It’s not a woman*’s responsibility to make an abusive man* kind - which means, it’s not a woman*’s fault, if a man* stays abusive. Disney sends out problematic messages and “as a feminist” TM, I won’t support that with my money.
Why the fuck does the Disney store’s Star Wars merch have categories full of shirts for men and boys—but nothing at all for girls? And why the fuck is the women’s category ONE shirt plus 3 random gender-neutral items (not sure how a glass with the star wars logo is specifically for women)?
Get your shit together Disney don’t let blind “where’s the most money” thinking make your new franchise totally sexist.
So how about in the next Disney movie, the cute, quirky, sassy animal sidekick is female? Why can’t we try that sometime? Not that I don’t love the characters they’ve put out, but how about some equal representation?
I mean, looking at the fifteen movies I know with sidekicks:
Male Sidekicks with lines/significant roles (41/47 or 87%):
Olaf & Sven
Pascal & Maximus
Louis & Ray
Mushu & CriKee
All but one of Hunchback’s Gargoyles
Meeko & Flit & Percy
Zazu & Timon & Pumba & Rafiki & Banzai & Ed
Genie & Carpet & Abu & Eago
Lumier & Cogsworth & Chip
Scuttle & Flounder & Sebastian & Flotsam & Jetsam
Most of Cinderella’s mice & her horse & Lucifer & Bruno
Female Sidekicks with lines/significant roles (6/47 or 13%):
One of the Gargoyles in Hunchback
Some of Cinderella’s mice
And notice how most of the movies with male sidekicks have no female ones, but ALL of the female sidekicks are in movies that also have male sidekicks
If we criticised the princes/male characters the way the princesses are criticised
Okay, so anyone who know me know that the criticism of the princesses is one of the things that really irks me to the core. And as I thought about it, I realised there is little to no criticism of the princes/male characters of Disney (why is that? Well, I think we all know the reason). So, I have decided to critique the princes/male characters the same way! (Note: this is satirical, and to point out the sexism regarding critiquing the princesses while the princes have done very similar things!)
Snow White’s Prince: he is solely there as Snow White’s love interest! And he also falls in love with a girl he’s just met, and kisses said girl when she’s believed dead.
Prince Charming: falls in love with one girl at the ball he just met, then searches for her based on her shoe.
Prince Phillip: willing to disgrace his country and marry a peasant (which was highly frowned upon). Lucky said peasant was actually the princess!
Prince Eric: was willing to give up his chances with an actual, real girl, because he had fallen in love with a girl’s voice who had supposedly saved him (who could have clearly been a hallucination). Lucky said girl was real!
Prince Adam/The Beast: he was a spoilt brat. That’s why he was changed into the Beast to begin with. And he falls in love with Belle, but no-one is calling him an idiot with Stockholm, are they?
Aladdin: lied about being a prince because he fell in love with a princess he met once. Almost destroys an entire country and gives an evil madman unlimited power in the process. Actually, lies a lot.
John Smith: calls an entire race savages, and only doesn’t shoot Pocahontas because he’s attracted to her.
Hercules: gave up being a god for a woman. He’s called “noble”. Ariel gives up being a mermaid and is called “weak”.
Shang: thinks that not chopping off a woman’s head because she was in the army (and did a much better job than any of the men) is the same as going out of the way and almost dying in the process to save someone’s life. Doesn’t believe Mulan, because she’s a woman, that the enemy has infiltrated the palace even though she was right every other time. And oh what a surprise she was right again.
Naveen: uses women for his own gain. Only wanted to marry someone for their money. He changes, yes, but so did the princesses and they’re still criticised
Flynn/Eugene: thief, was doing everything in his power to try to convince Rapunzel to back out of the deal instead of just taking her to the lanterns. Changes only because he has feelings for Rapunzel.
Hans: does this even need a mention? Psychopath who does what he needs to get what he wants. Almost leaves Anna to freeze to death and then almost decapitates Elsa. But people are still cuddling him, saying it “wasn’t his fault” because of his hard life, but then call Elsa a demon and treat her like she’s a horrible person.
Kristoff: had no intention of helping Anna until she bought him things. Criticised a princess. If you’re not of royalty, you don’t criticise royalty. Ever.
I am certainly not saying these characters are bad, I’m just pointing out that they have flaws, and yet I never hear “they’re terrible role models” or anything of that nature. There is a hidden sexist nature inside the criticisms of the princesses, because even though the criticisms are very similar between some characters (Hercules/Ariel), I very rarely see criticisms of male characters. I believe its due to the notion that female characters are still expected to be perfect with zero flaws (or character) and make no mistakes whatsoever, while male characters are constantly forgiven for their mistake, and these criticisms do come from feminists and other people who want “strong” female characters. I don’t want “strong” female character. I want naive female characters. Female characters that stuff up. Why? Because it gives them depth, something so many female characters don’t have. That’s what the princesses have. And that is why they are so heavily criticised.
A culture populated by absurdly small princesses and hulking male heroes can change the way men and women see themselves
“Disney has taken a lot of flak for perpetrating sexist stereotypes in its princess movies. In today’s competitive, every-moment-counts child-rearing culture, American parents want their kids’ entertainment to be not just fun, but also fulfilling. So if a movie sends the wrong message, many parents stay away. That’s why the company has responded to the criticism, shaping more recent princess movies such as Frozen and Brave around female characters for whom romance is not the primary motivation.
I welcome this evolution. But there’s still a lot to wonder about — and even complain about — in today’s animated children’s movies, especially in the radical differences between male and female bodies.
Yes, on average real men’s bodies are bigger, and more muscular, than women’s. And yes, animation is an art form not restricted to the boundaries of realism, which is what makes it great. But the exaggerations in these children’s movies are extreme, they almost always promote the same image of big men and tiny women, and they are especially dramatic in romantic situations.
The differences between men’s and women’s hands and arms in these pictures are more extreme than almost any you can find in real adults. The men’s hands are routinely three or four times larger than the women’s. For comparison, I checked a detailed report that the Army commissioned to design its equipment and uniforms. In real American adults, for example, men’s wrists are on average only about 15% larger in circumference than women’s. In that scene from Frozen, not only is Anna’s hand tiny compared with Hans’, but in fact her eyeball is wider than her wrist.
Having written about this subject frequently in the past few years, I know many people will disagree, arguing that the fundamental differences they perceive between men and women are natural and should be embraced. But what we think of as normal is not simply natural; it’s a product of the interaction between the natural world and our cultural ways. When the beautiful and romantic stories we grow to love in childhood set a standard that exaggerates gender differences and makes them seem natural — built into our very bone structures — it gives us a more limited, and less complex, vision of our human potential.”
In the name of Science™, we researched popular costume ideas for men and women, and compared them side-by-side. We began to see a theme emerge. Manufacturers assume that ladies are looking to show a lot of skin, while men’s costumes offer a lot more coverage (and, thus, warmth).
A new crop of revamped Disney films want to reverse those old “princess in distress” stories through female characters who are strong, independent, and unique. Or … are they? Now, we haven’t seen Moana yet. Maybe that totally reverses every bit of unintentional damage those other films did. But, uh … it doesn’t sound likely.
According to linguists, the dialogue in Disney films has been staggeringly dominated by male characters over the years. This sounds like a “the way it’s always been” problem, but then you look at the graph:
Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora may not have had any skills outside of cleaning and being liked by birds, but at least their movies let them friggin’ speak. Both Frozen and The Princess And The Frog give more than half of their dialogue to male characters, even though they have female protagonists (in Frozen’s case, two female protagonists). The Princess And The Frog has less female dialogue than The Little Mermaid, which is LITERALLY A STORY ABOUT A WOMAN LOSING HER VOICE.
“When people bring up the fact that the Disney fandom is toxic, they always think it’s for the wrong reasons. No, the fandom isn’t toxic because people dislike Frozen or want more representation. It’s toxic because of the racism, fat shaming, sexism, homophobia, and pedophilic art. Those things are what make this fandom extremely toxic”
From childhood we are ingrained with the idea that kissing an unconscious woman is the height of romance, that meeting a man will give a woman an identity and happiness, that the beauty of other women is a threat. It may not be phrased that way, but once you look at Snow White or Sleeping Beauty being molested by a virtual stranger, or Cinderella. Ariel sacrifices her very ability to speak; for her voice to be heard, just to be with the man she ‘loves’ and he loves it! Belle takes on a monstrous, abusive and violent man and cured him with her love!
The lines of consent and relationships are drawn in childhood and that is where the romanticization of unhealthy partnerships starts. We are teaching children that love looks like having no boundaries, no worth outside of being validated by and in love with a man, that being silent and voicing nothing is a true love sacrifice, that you can love a man out of being a monster.
It is a parade of unconscious, voiceless, helpless, and self-sacrificing women being rescued by men who have no boundaries or respect for individuality (which doesn’t matter since the women of love stories aren’t people until they meet their Prince.)