Beauty and the Beast isn't what Tumblr's been saying it is.
I can completely get over Emma Watson being Belle for the sheer amount of representation that’s in the film. What representation?
Let’s begin (spoiler alert!):
1. Black People in France. Yes, honey. For the first time in my life, I walked into a widely released period piece that doesn’t ignore the existence of black people. Not as mere servants and slaves, but as actual fucking court members and townspeople. Also, interracial couples. Y'ALL.
2. Le Fou. I was concerned about this, but he actually undergoes character development. He eventually abandons Gaston and has a change of heart (Disney-style, but I’ll take it). The scene with him “dancing with another man” at the end is led up to- it’s not just random. It doesn’t send the message that gay people are stupid and deserve to be mistreated (Mrs. Potts literally tells him he deserves better), which were my main concerns for this film. TL;DR, the LeFou plotline isn’t what Tumblr made it out to be, I promise.
3. The Gender Fluid Character. There is a scene in a which a character normalizes a man in a dress in a positive way. I was expecting him to be mocked, but this doesn’t happen! (Also, I believe this is the same character LeFou dances with at the end).
4. Belle teaches a child to read/ LeFou realizes he can’t read. Watson aside, the actual perils of living in 17th century France are explored, like the Plague, and also the importance of literacy. As children’s literacy is very important to me, I LOVED this.
There’s more, but I think the representation needs to be supported (listen, I almost never see myself in a period piece, I was expecting this cast to be vanilla as hell) and Disney needs to know that we want more of it.
ALSO: to the white and non-black POC who straight up lied about the representation in this film, I SEE YOU.
“Hippolyta, I love her as you do. But this is the only way to truly protect her.” Do not worry. Do not fear, Antiope wanted to tell her. This was hard for her sister, very hard. She dipped her head, sealing a wordless vow. - excerpt from Nancy Holder, Wonder Woman: The Official Movie Novelization
*EDIT* I made the image brighter because it was too dark and miserable.
I loved the film so much it’s unbelievable! Still can’t get over No Man’s land. And the Amazons at the beach. And everything to be honest.
Unfortunately I didn’t make it for pride month but I still wanted to finish this! I will be doing other flag variations in the upcoming week, any requests? Definitely want to do bisexual (I looove purple!) next!
I was worried about painting the flag, this is definitely the most colours I ever had to combine, but I think it turned out okay. Also I gave her a skirt for a more goddess look:) That and I’m crap at drawing legs…
It’s on Redbubble and Society6, dianulala on both. Also feel free to follow me on Instagram @dianulad, I post more updates of paintings there.
Also if you guys are into Dragon Age then please check out the Arcana Dragon Age zine on indiegogo, it’ll mean a lot!
The year is 2076. Detective Conan is still going strong. The series now includes 92 films and over 10000 chapters of manga. there’s a new update. You sit down at your holo-screen, and begin to read. He still hasn’t found the
chemical that can help him return to his ordinary age, but last week
there was a vital clue that seems to be leading up to a storyline
involving it in some way, so there’s hope! Then again, that’s what they
did in 2045, and that storyline ended with a dance party with rubber
chickens. That storyline had some especially nice animation.
There’s a theme park.
So I commissioned the absolutely wonderful @kinggalahad to draw some fluff of one of my OTPs. That was all the commission was and it turned out to be the most wonderful piece of Jethin fan art I’ve seen. I absolutely adore it and I couldn’t wait to share it with the world. Full credit to Andrew. Thank you so much!
A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories [inspired by writings of Mikhail Bulgakov]
“All unpleasant sensations stop completely. Man’s inner powers are manifested at their absolute peak. And if I had not been spoiled by my medical training, I would say that a man can only work normally after an injection of morphine.” - A Country Doctor’s Notebook