Hmph, seems neat. Lots of people love us. What do you guys think?
Nice choice of color for the site if I do say so myself! What about you, guys!
*In embarrassed tone* Man, these guys are nuts, thinking me & Alex are a thing! That bone-headed, lifeless, green-haired, peppermint-smelling, beautiful-eyed, completely perfect angel of...THIS WEBSITE'S COLOR SUCKS!!!
*In frustrated tone* Wow, I'm about as noticed here as I am in real life. What about you, Nico?
*Nico has a smile covering over his face, blushing*
ladies gentlemen and others, I have come to introduce you to the avengers youtube channel
tony created the whole thing and and the bio reads: robin hood, uncle sam, ginger snaps, goldilocks, jolly green and the tin man’s chill room
there are videos of natasha teaching self defense moves for women, using the boys as props. her showing tips to learn other languages and “five things you didn’t know you could turn into a weapon”. her filming twenty minute long videos answering questions and giving advice to young girls about everything, from safety, mental health, recognizing abusive behavior in men, self confidence, and how to safely get out of risky situations
thor has a series of videos that go from “things of midgard I (Thor) do not understand” and “thor tries things” of his tasting foods from all over the globe because he is deeply fascinated and respectful of other cultures
bruce does a video series of him teaching yoga and meditation, and every once in a while he asks another member of the team to participate, and by far the most viewed one is of him trying to teach tony to stay still and not say anything and tony does try, but fails miserably while bruce sighs. bruce showing recipes from all the places he’s been. “how to create a stress free environment” videos
tony being the science dad™ making videos of “cool shit you can do with useless eletronics you haven’t used since the 90s but haven’t thrown out yet”. he has short videos of “easier ways to physics” and “math for things you will actually use on your day to day life”. he makes thirty minute long videos of him showing pop culture to steve and thor. so. many. storytime. videos. “that time we tried to lift thor’s hammer”, “steve and the 21st century”, “I watched natasha castrate a man with a plastic spoon”, “clint making the mistakes again”, “reasons why I love bruce banner”. “how to handle anxiety like a boss” videos
steve does the whole thing, from homemade remedies for sick kids that he learned when times were rough and sarah couldn’t afford the real ones. workout tips. and of course, educational yet ranting videos of basic human decency things that should’ve changed in 70 years but haven’t. “it’s ok to ask for help, it doesn’t make you weak” videos
clint being that bitch, trolling everyone in everyway imaginable. changing thor’s shampoo bottle for pink hair dye? check. coloring all of steve’s clothes red blue and white? check. changing the sugar of bruce’s tea for salt? check. making jarvis play everyone a different theme song for when they walk into the room? check. and of course, tony. there are several hour long compilation videos of him scaring the shit out of tony
all of them reading fanfiction about each other. stony, clintasha, ironhawk, ironwidow, romanogers, thor/everyone, loving all the combinations they can find. yes to poliamory and everyone loving each other
jarvis livestreams a night of them drinking asgardian ale and playing mario kart and singing high school musical songs on karaoke. it breaks youtube viewing records
Warnings: breath play, dom!Jimin, lots and lots of filth.
A/N: This is chapter one of… well, I don’t know. @ellieljade and I just keep brainstorming more and more for this sucker. To the point of us joking about finishing this when we’re in our 90′s….. Anyway. I hope you enjoy. I’ll be working on part two for Room for Dessert and The Guest House soon.
I’m sure many would raise eyebrows when they read the title because, Mori? A hero?
Many people portrayed Mori as a sadistic devil, but in no
canon situation has Mori ever shown any sadistic tendency (like Dazai has). In fact, I’d say
he’s the reverse of that. He took care of Elise very well, despite/even though
she’s his own ability. He never once has hurt people for the sake of hurting
In fact whenever he didn’t have any business to take care
of, his true personality shone through and it was not of a cold, heartless man
with no conscience. Rather it was one full of dorkiness and gentle patience. Here,
he even contacted Ango (who was sweating bullet because holy shit he’s being
called by the fucking boss of Port Mafia) just to ask what color of dress will
fit Elise more.
(For the love of anything holy I’ve scoured Ango and Oda’s
tag in tumblr yet I can’t find it. It’s the extra DVD comic featuring Buraiha
trio drinking and talking shit about Mori. In exchange, have these dorky dad and son interacting;
First thing first, I will give you what I think is the most
important fact about Mori. Look at his line in this scene
Now this is his true nature; his main motivation for doing
everything he did. The good of the organization.
At no point has Mori’s action ever benefit only himself. At
every instance he appeared in the story, he’s doing something for the Mafia and
for Yokohama. The only self-centered
thing he has ever done was asking Elise to wear what he wanted her to wear and
that’s moot point anyway since she’s his Ability and presumably modeled after
his ‘ideal’ little girl.
In this scene, he saved four members of ADA and even
gave Atsushi an important lesson. Why would he do such a thing when he could literally
immobilize Anne and Lucy by bloodlust alone? He could have let her take
Tanizaki and Atsushi, then pressure her to let him out with his memory intact.
Not to mention that his Ability, Elise, was waiting just outside, standing
by ready to break him out any time.
If he does this, not only he will go free with the memory of
the attack and thus the secret of Anne’s Room, he would also take care of not
one but three ADA agents. Rather, he chose to save all of them plus every
single person Anne has swallowed in the Dark Room.
is the scene where he took over as boss. The fact that
the Old Boss was bedridden and hallucinating while seemingly so thin,
also from the way he was narrated by Hirostu in episode 21, implicate
that his condition was something he contracted at a long period of time
rather than it being something sudden.
Notice the circumstance in which
he did it. Mori only killed the boss after he issued the order that would bring
destruction not only to the Mafia but also to the city and nation at large,
killing many people whether criminal or innocent. He didn’t do it before even though he could have.
By becoming the biggest bad of the bad, he resolved himself
to take care of the light from the shadows. And this is important because if he
hadn’t stepped in at that time either the Old Boss would have burnt Yokohama
down or another heinous criminal would have taken over and brings the nation
down with them.
He is protecting Yokohama by not letting people worse than
him to take control of its biggest criminal organization. Notice what Kouyou
think about him;
She supported him because of this too. She knew what it felt
like to under one of those leaders that cared only for money and power like the
Old Boss. Kouyou will not support people if all they brought with them was suffering
and death the way she was forced to feel when her dearest was taken away from
her. Under Mori’s reign, our queen Kouyou pledge her loyalty not to him but the
kinder way he brought.
It can also be seen in this scene.
Mori could have taken
effort to keep Kouyou there, but his tone and body language are open. He knew
that Kouyou can go anytime and he’s not fighting to keep her there; Kouyou
decided to stay on her own free will and he is appreciative of knowing he had a
single ally he can absolutely trust on who also knew of his true motivation.
In this scene
It was made clear that he respect the Old Boss, so much that
the death of a hundred subordinate made him embarrassed. He’s not upset that he lost some underlings,
he’s upset that he lost them without a good reason to justify their death. A
miscalculation has taken a hundred of his soldiers.
And you might think his reaction to this is rather cold, but
remember that all of them were members of the mafia. All of them are criminals who would be executed if they fall
into the hands of the police and they also knew what they’re getting into when
they joined the Organization.
You can probably say what he did to Odasaku was horrible,
sure. But it was expected for the boss of the Mafia to do so. (further reading
for this topic)
But you have to admit it was a stroke of utter genius. With the
gifted Business Permit and no longer fearing the government, Mori would be freer
to take down opposing criminal organization that might bother the peace. Rather,
he focused the Mafia to expanding its power and outwardly he did so, like this
there will be very little chance for either a rebellion or an enemy
organization attacking them in their HQ. This would also mean less threat to
Fukuzawa’s remark in this was absolutely true. Not only
between the two organization but also for him and Mori specifically. Mori loved
Yokohama, enough to dip into the darkest of dark to protect it. And Fukuzawa
knew it too because look at his line here
In this, it can be said that he didn’t want a war to break
in Yokohama that might disturb its peace. But then why say ‘balance’?
is because Fukuzawa knew the extent of his subordinate’s
strength also that they will be able to kill Mori if they go all out.
what he feared the most. While if he died, the Agency can be well-taken
in Kunikida’s hand, once Mori’s dead there’s no one to reign in the Port
and keep it from wreaking havoc, thus destroying the balance of Yokohama
into what it was before; the Dragon Head Rush. (you might want to read
novel of dark era to really grasp the situation. But basically it was a
gang war that led to many victims including the families of Odasaku’s orphans)
More than that, the people who might succeed Mori would not
be as kind as him. They might do what the Old Boss did and try to burn Yokohama
And this, I think, is also the main reason why Mori sent
Dazai away from the Mafia. It is, of course, easy to assume what Dazai remarked
about Mori’s intention in chapter 30/episode 21 to be the truth; that he did it to remove
a threat to his position.
But is this the whole story?
The fact that he kept Dazai’s spot empty rather than choosing
someone else to fill it was a paradox if you were to look at him from the angle
of a man hungry for power. He has
anticipated Dazai’s return, was so sure of it in fact that he sacrificed
monetary and workload gains of having another Executive. If he wanted Dazai
back in the first place, then why drive him out of the Mafia and into the ADA?
now, imagine what would have happened if Dazai took over
as the Boss if he’s still the same man he was before Oda’s death. Cruel,
ruthless and uncaring for people’s life as he was, he would have gone
same track as the Old Boss and destroys Yokohama as his mental health
eroded. Not even Odasaku would be able to save him from himself at this
This is also why he asked Dazai back to the Mafia after
taking such extreme methods to drive him out. Of course there are another
reason, that is he needed his right hand back to drive out the Guild as he
But the main reason why he asked back after all this time
was because there are people in ADA who have taught him about having something
worth loving and worth protecting.
Mori felt that Dazai has learnt enough about the light and
why it is something worth protecting. With it, when Dazai inevitably take his
seat as the Boss of Port Mafia, Dazai would be able to follow his legacy as the
Darth Vader of Bungou Stray Dogs and The Dark Knight of Yokohama. This is Mori’s
special way of grooming Dazai to become his successor.
All this was so Dazai can be his successor and not the Old Boss’.
Conclusion for those
who are too lazy to read 2000+ words of Mori being awesome: no, Mori is not
an evil incarnate born to manipulate everyone to his own amusement.
If anything, he’s the greatest hero of the story. The same
way the ADA is protecting the city and Japan from the light, Mori is protecting
it from the shadows. With the balance that has been made between him and
Fukuzawa, it is imperative that he keep doing what he did, or the balance will
fall and Yokohama condemned into a lake of fire.
Asagiri Kafka is truly an exceptional writer. They made Mori into
this all-bad boss of the Mafia while slipping in his real face every so often.
is the author who made every character complex and with their own
motivation. What made you think they’ll make the ‘villain’ as simple as
a man existing just to be a villain?
Even Fitzgerald and Fyodor got development
and reasoning for doing what they did, but the difference is they’re
arc-villain and not whole story-villain like Mori. Their reign will be over
with their arc, but Mori’s will live as long as BSD continues, so it’s
imperative that they got their development and exposition early on so the
readers can sympathize with them.
Thus I concluded my exposition of the anti-hero that has
been protecting Yokohama all this time not by bathing in sunlight but by
submerging himself in blood yet capable of keeping his head out of it depth;
Do you know any break up fics with a happy ending?
Thank you for these requests! ALL ABOARD THE ANGST TRAIN! (I couldn’t include a lot of fics because the breakup aspect is a spoiler, but let me know if I missed any that you think should be on here!)
Yuuri and Victor Break Up (With a Happy Ending!)
rekindlingby fan_nerd, Mature, 9.1k Victor stands on Yuuri’s doorstep in the pouring rain with a bouquet of flowers. It’s the middle of the night. The tall man is out of breath, soaking wet, and his eyes are red. Yuuri sighs, letting his ex-boyfriend in like the sympathetic fool that Victor knows he is. “What are you doing here?” He hurries to catch his breath and reply, but his mouth is dry. Victor doesn’t exactly have an answer to that question. WHAT THE HECK THIS IS AMAZING
Break the Cycle by SigmundFreud, Explicit, 26k Yuuri’s neck was bright red, matching the colors of his cheeks. His eyes were half-lidded with pupils blown wide. He could try to avoid Victor all he wanted, but standing this close to the man made Yuuri lose all rational thought. Victor was like a drug, the strongest drug Yuuri knew, and he could never reject those lips. I love this fic omg
Equal Footing by runningwafers, Gen, 4.3k When Yuuri says he wants to end things the night before the free skate, Victor breaks down. Maybe it’s the catalyst they need to finally get on the same page about their relationship.
See You Nextby rougeandtonic, Explicit, 12k (WIP) Yuuri realizes that he’ll sabotage Victor’s career if he asks him to coach and compete at the same time. This leads to a standoff of ultimatums over who will skate and who won’t. A standoff that ends with Victor in St Petersburg and Yuuri half a world away. SO MUCH ANGST
Let’s End This by DawnMalfoy, Not Rated, 1.9k Yuuri is not good at difficult conversations, so when it comes to having a difficult conversation with Victor things don’t go as he planned them to. HAPPY ENDING!
The Love We Deserve by cactusoctupus, Mature, 20k The thing is Victor is so beautiful, so brilliant. And he always imagined that Victor was just around Yuuri to have fun. To have something to do. The proposal however, made it too real. Yuuri could not accept Victor loving him that way. Because Victor deserved better than that. He deserved better. I haven’t read this yet but it was rec’d to me by a follower!
They Say by momichi, Teen, 3.6k They say Victor and Yuuri aren’t really a thing, but Yuri Plisetsky knows better. Very cute and a bit angsty!
Holding on for Dear Life by icterine, Teen, 2.4k It turns out that sometimes heartbreak happens in seconds, unexpectedly – and once it does, there’s no dulling of the senses. Victor’s heart shatters. Great one-shot!
The Man Who Can’t Be Moved by deeleeon, Teen, 9.3k (WIP) Victor and Yuuri have known each other for a long time… “We’ve been friends for 6 years, dated for another 3, was married for 2 and…. got divorced 2 years ago.” Victor says as he drinks his beer. “Maybe that’s the reason why you still can’t let go… You guys have known each other for such a long time.” Chris replies as he looks as his friend. “I should be fine. I’m the one who asked for a divorce…” Victor smiles bitterly as he stares at his drink.
Compromises by Ellie_Rosie, Teen, 51k **Graphic Depictions of Violence Their relationship was one of compromises, Yuuri thought, usually in Victor’s favour. Not that Yuuri minded - in all likelihood, he would probably set himself on fire if Victor complained about being cold. But there was one thing Yuuri point blank refused to compromise on; he would not step foot within a 100 metre radius of an ice rink. WOW!
Our Love by flippednique, Not Rated, 16k “I want a divorce.” There was a barrage of emotions on Yuuri’s face that ranged from shock, to hurt, to disbelief, to pained, to angry, to livid before he pulled away from Viktor completely, grabbed his scarf and left the house with the door banging on his way out. The word, “Fine.” rang like a death sentence. Strangely enough, Viktor felt like he could breathe. Sooo angsty omg
We Don’t Have to Stay Buried by nagoyadelay, Teen, 6k (WIP) Yuuri moved to Russia to be with Viktor. But everything went wrong. Two and a half years after a brutal break-up, Yuuri and Viktor have an unexpected encounter that leaves them both confused, vulnerable, and possibly… ready to try again? Have they both grown enough as people to form a lasting relationship? Or will they repeat the mistakes that doomed them the first time around? This is so so good so far!
stay by my side by paranoid_fridge, Not Rated, 3.1k “Finally!” somebody shouts and Yuuri jumps. Russian Yuri stomps toward him, expression dark. “He’s on his third round of that.” Yuri jerks a thumb to the rink behind his back. “Make him stop before he hurts himself.” Another great happy ending fic!
Taylor : That’s always the coolest thing about hearing what Hayley writes is that she’s being honest. There’s so many love songs that say ‘hey man, everything’s perfect and beautiful and everything about you is awesome and this is all great’ but Hayley always writes for the people who can’t relate to that. I love this person but I am dark, this feels dark. I always love that because that’s real…
Not my favorite. He looks a little to airbrushed to be traveling the desert, and his neck kinda looks like a chicken neck but A+ for effort. 1.5/5 too much detail
Now here’s a special boy!!! Look at those humps!!!!! Beautiful colors, pretty blanket, nice angle. 5/5 I’d trust him with my kids
I like the stylistic approach. The black outline gives our friend here a nice pop. But why they have only 3 leg??? 3/5 Not enough leg
i dont like this one 0/5
Yikes. Wow, okay. I see what you were trying to do here, LG, but it’s just not working. This guy looks a bit like a rat that has some weird growths. 0/5 see a doctor
Oh! We got a party animal around here! Look at those long spaghetti legs, the lack of facial features, the humps. Wow. She looks v fun. 4/5 looks like the color of Kraft mac and cheese
This one is pretty good. He looks realistic without looking trashy (cough cough Apple) He seems a bit uptight, though. Loosen up, buddy. 3.5/5 i have nothing to say this one actually looks like a camel
Another realistic-ish one, I see. She’s…. Okay. I’m not a fan of the hair details and she looks like she’s scheming against me. 2/5 i don’t trust her
Wow!!!! Look at her go! Those humps are flawless! I love the salmon color! She’s so pretty!!! 5/5 i would share my lunch with her
awww poor baby they look so scared. What happened? Why are u so trembly, little one? Whatever it is, I hope they get through it. 4/5 poor thing!!
the legs are too square, it’s head looks like a snake, its humps are lopsided. I dont trust this man. 1/5 the colors are aight tho
7.5.16+3:30pm // journal unfiltered + comments behind each spread! // wanted to show you guys what my bujo spreads look like with no filters/editing involved. i feel like this would give you a better perspective of the colors and washi tapes i’m using. just click for a bigger view and for commentary. :D
Request - Anonymous said: Hello! Can I request an AU where BTS are the fanboys and you’re
actually the idol? Thank you if you decide to do this 👀😊
Pairing - BTS x Reader
Genre - Fluff
For a change, these ethereal men are your fans.
Plis forgive me for blatantly copying off the certain interactions that actually happened between ARMY and BTS. It’s too cute to ignore. Hope you understand :)
What do they sign though? Books? That’s what they look like :p
You intertwined your fingers with the boy’s who was knelt on the other side of the table, his eyes literally swimming with tears. He looked so much younger to you, it was adorable.
“Gosh, Noona, I love you so much! You’re my ultimate bias and-” Color flourished his cheeks and you giggled at his reaction. You cocked your head, his hand never leaving yours as you used your other to sign the book in front of you.
“Aigoo, what’s your name?” You asked as you finished signing, his cheeks slightly damp from the tears that had spilled over in happiness.
“What a cute name for a cute boy!” You reached over to pinch his cheek and you could’ve sworn he was about to faint right then. A dreamy smile took place on his lips and you had to blush at that. You hadn’t met anyone who seemed so floored just over your gestures. When the staff behind you asked him to move on, he pouted cutely before he mumbled a string of “I love you, Noona!” and “Please remember me!” before he moved on to the next member of your group.
Of course you’d remember that adorable boy.
The next thing you noticed first was wild, purple colored hair that matched yours. You greeted a wide-eyed man who seemed to be in his early twenties, a cute smile adorning his lips, the tips deepened into his cheeks causing two small dimples to form.
“Hello~” You smiled at him, immediately reaching for his hand. His was trembling as you held it in yours, your smile turning into a laugh. “What’s your name?”
“Nam- Namjoon.” He was still shook by the greeting. You reached over and ruffled his hair, “It’s okay, Joon, you don’t have to be nervous!” He instantly melted at your touch, and it seemed impossible but, his dimples dug even deeper. You signed the book in front of you before you asked him, “Is it okay if I touch your dimples?”
His eyes widened but turned into crescents so quickly you had to laugh at that. He turned a cheek towards you and you reached over to press the pad of your finger on it, causing the fans sitting in the auditorium to squeal in unison. “Noona, I love you!” He blurted suddenly, stretching his hands over his head and tipping his fingers to touch his head, so it formed a big heart. You giggled as he turned away, feeling shy of his ministrations, before he moved onto the next member, his cheeks so red it looked like he applied a lot of rouge.
When you watched the next person come in front of you, you were struck into awe by his too good looks. He let out a deep giggle as he noticed your reaction, your own cheeks turning red from being caught.
You tilted your head, “Wow, you look so good!”
“Ah, don’t say that Noona!” He almost whined, his lips forming a fake pout. Clearly, he was very flustered.
“You’re the good looking person here!” He said, cupping his face in his big palms, his eyes twinkling with adoration.
You waved a hand, “No, no, no, nothing like that!”
You began signing on the book he’d given you before you asked him what his name was.
“Kim Taehyung!” He replied cheerfully, and you noticed how much of a widely boxed smile he had. You couldn’t resist, so you reached over and pinched his cheeks, “Taehyung-ah, you’re so handsome!” You said, letting him move on to the next person. You were still looking at him when you felt something hard brush against your fingers. Looking straight, you noticed a cute, bubblegum pink haired boy smiling shyly at you - one of your group members had the same color hair on.
“I know who your bias is,” You wiggled your eyebrows at him, causing the younger to blush furiously. You giggled at that, ruffling his hair before you signed his book. He seemed to remain quiet, so you reached over to hold his hand. It was clammy and shaky, and you were very familiar with it.
“Aigoo, it’s okay. Don’t be too nervous, she’ll love you. I love you already.” You winked at him, his eyes widening a fraction. He mumbled silently, “Thank you, Noona! Fighting!” He used his other hand and curled it into a fist, his eye smile way too adorable for you. You asked for his name before you exclaimed back, “Jimin, Fighting!”
A squeal made you jump in your seat, your hands coming to your chest as you snapped your head to see a dopey smiled boy, his blond hair in a nest of curls on his head. He was clapping his hands like an excited child, barely able to control the radiation of his happiness. He looked like a sun to you.
He squealed again, almost shouting, so you squealed back, both your hands intertwining with his as you shook them around, your feet tapping against the stage floor. “I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU NOONA!!” He shouted and you shouted back, “I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU TOO-” and then you paused, realizing you didn’t know his name. Like he understood that, he told you his name - almost screamed it out - causing you to laugh.
“I LOVE YOU HOSEOK!” You shouted again, sending him to the next person, with an enthusiastic smile and an autograph.
“Hello,” You turned back to see a broad-shouldered guy in front of you, smiling at you charmingly. You felt your heart skip a beat, and had to place your palms on your chest in emphasis, “Oh my, what’s your name?”
His cheeks flushed noticeably, but he held your gaze, “Kim SeokJin.” He smiled that smile again. You felt your shoulders shudder and you had to pay attention to the book that was placed in front of you so wouldn’t fall for his good looks. Really, he was that good-looking.
“You know, SeokJin,” You said as you finished signing, “If you were an idol, you’d be my ultimate bias.” You winked at a thoroughly flustered man, his eyes wavering slightly as he bent over as much as he could, expressing his gratitude, “Ah- please, oh my god. Thank you!” He had to cover his face with his palms, your giggles loud as you watched him move.
“I’m going to sue you.” A blatant remark made you turn around wide-eyed, the mint green haired boy watching you with a bored face, but with more defined eyes. You cocked your head, “Aw, why is that?” You asked, genuinely curious.
And that broke his resolve - he chewed on his lip, like he was trying hard to stop a smile before he almost cried out in a whine, “You look way too good!!”
You laughed, the fans behind him howling and screaming in agreement.
You took his hands in yours and you brought your face forward, his pale face coloring the slightest. “I hope I can pay the price.” Okay, you were flirting a lot today, but it was too fun, honestly. The guy smirked playfully, “Min Yoongi. Hope the hair is enough indication if you ever see me around.” You were almost baffled into silence by his straight-forward attitude and bluntness. When you saw a hand from the corner of your eye whipping to the side, you moved fast to sign the book. Yoongi began moving but you held his hand.
“You’re really some fan, Yoongi. I like you.” You smiled. He returned it, a cute gummy smile taking form instantly. “Good, because I like you too.”
Okay so I know there has been a lot of buzz around the internet about the subject of LaFou, sexuality, and queer representation lately and now that I’ve seen the movie, I want to put in my two cents.
If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, many people have been talking about LeFou being gay and getting a “gay moment” at the end of the film. Vanity Fair put out an article calling the character “ a touching tribute” to Howard Ashman” Many of us LGBT+ folks are obviously not happy with this character, who is literally “the fool” being a bone that’s thrown to us. Many, including myself, where infuriated by the article because not only was Ashman the man who saved Disney from bankruptcy with hits like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the beast and the formula he created is still successfully used by Disney today, he was a gay man who died of AIDS. So you can see why many of us think calling a villainous side character a “touching tribute” is a gross cop out on Disney’s part. On the flip side, some christian parenting groups are made because our existence is acknowledged in anyway, even if the representation is bad. A theater in Alabama even refused to carry the film. Needless to say, many people had lots of opinions.
All that being said, I’m not here to preach to the choir, nor am I here to argue with anyone about whether of not LGBT+ people are are “appropriate” for a disney movie( hint hint we are) I really want to talk straight people who don’t get why LGBT+ people are upset. I need to share my personal experience with the movie to maybe help some people understand. I know I can only speak for myself, but here it is.
I’ll start off by saying, overall, I enjoyed the shit out of this movie. Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorite films as a child. I knew all the songs, I was Belle for multiple halloweens. I loved the over the top, Rogers -and -Hammerstien esque feel of the remake, i liked the bright colors, the songs and grumpy clock Ian McKellan. I want to get lost in how much I loved it. But every time LaFou came on screen, he was like a fly in the ointment, the irritating itch that kept me from enjoying this ridiculous spectacle for exactly what it was, because every LaFou scene was a gay joke.His mannerisms were carefully an explicitly coded to be recognized as those of a gay man, which are not a bad thing on their own but they were played for laughs and combined with a comic, pining-induced subservience to Gaston. He’s hangs on Gaston’s every word, he tells the girls no to waste their breath, he soothes Gaston’s temper. He’s a joke, one we have seen many times before, a weasely ,queer-coded villain. It’s supposed to be funny to us because we know this silly gay man is NEVER going to have his affections returned and all his work if for not.( ie he’s making a fool of himself, so he’s aptly named) It’s something you get used to when you’re queer and grow up watching Disney films though, so for the most part, I rolled my eyes and tried to enjoy the scenery.
Until Gaston’s song started.
Now let me start by saying, that has ALWAYS been my favorite song in the film. I have a very naturally loud voice that carries and as a kid I loved to belt the shit out of it when it came on our Disney’s greatest hits CD. It drove my sister crazy on car trips. It’s so silly and it’s poking fun at this hyper masculine douche bag you’re not supposed to like. Luke Evans had been killing it up to that point and I was so jazzed about it.
And then, we get LaFou, lounging on Gaston’s chair, gazing at him longingly. Gaston looks at him and asks why the girls to love him and LaFou sighs dramatically, like the comedic stereotype they have set him up to be, and says he hears he’s been clingy.
And everyone in the theater laughs.
Everyone but me.
Because in that moment, everything snaps into alarming clarity. I am no longer immersed in the nostalgic euphoria of an actor I love about to preform a cherished piece of my childhood.
I am a joke and everyone it laughing at me.
Because that’s what it feels like, when you see someone like you splashed on the screen and their feelings being the thing that makes them laughable. When there mannerism that are directly coded to read GAY PEOPLE are the joke. You see the thing about sterotypes is, some of use have those traits. I am clingy as hell, a joke often made about wlw, which I am. I know effeminate gay men. I know people who have fallen in love with straight people. None of those things are inherently bad or make you a bad or shallow person but somewhere along the way, straight people decided they made us wrong and decided to use those things against us and turn it into a joke. People in the theater were laughing about LaFou’s pining for Gaston, while I had lost friends because I was queer and some women don’t want to be friends with you if they think you’re going to fall in love with them. The rub of knowing this was a conscious choice on the part of the filmmakers. Why not have Cogsworth rush into the arms of a long lost husband, instead of Mrs. Potts? You can’t tell me Sir Ian wouldn’t have been all for that. You had two promient gay actors in this film, which was scored by a gay man and the best you could come up with the villain’s side kick who’s name means fool? Really?
And adding insult to injury, it wasn’t LaFou as a person that was the fool, his gayness MADE him the fool in the context of the film. It was his pining for Gaston, to try and impress him, that was played to make him look foolish. Do you know what that says to people? That being gay makes you a fool, it makes you a joke. I’m 27, I’ve learned how to pack that shit up and process later, but what if I had been 16? 10? What does that say to gay parents, sitting in the audience watching their child laugh because social cues tell them this thing is funny and you should laugh? What LaFou really says to LGBT+ people, to gay men especially, is that you are good enough to put in the labor, to make this beautiful thing(Ian McKellan and Luke Evans did great work as Cogsworth and Gaston and without Howard Ashman, there would be no beauty and the Beast.), but you are not good enough to be well represented in it.
So straight Disney fans, before you feel the need to tell us why we are “making something out of nothing” or that we should be “glad” for what we get, or that his half assed “redemption” arc or a single moment of him touching another man made it all better, I need you to imagine sitting in a theater, and knowing everyone is laughing at you. Laughing at who you are, at the struggles you deal with. Imagine the things that have shaped you being watered down and played for comedy before you tell me what is or isn’t good queer representation.
“The first episode that I was on, we go and have a beer together, and it’s extraordinary writing-wise to look at the dialogue from that scene. It maps out the next four years of our relationship. We brought these things out in each other that only happens when you meet the person that you want to end up with. The writers let it unfold in a real and lovely way.” —Adam Scott