12 Reasons Why Beauty And The Beast Is Actually The Worst

I hate to be the bearer of bad new here, but most of your favorite things are problematic. I know, it sucks. It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them, it just means you should be aware that not everything in life is pure and innocent. Yes, even the precious Disney movies that you used to worship when you were a toddler can be terrible. SORRY. Obviously, this particular conversation about how sexist Disney movies can truly be is one that’s been had many, many times, so I won’t bother you with a speech you’ve heard a million times before. I will just sum it up with this: many movies, not just Disney ones, portray women as weak and vulnerable characters who need a man to save and protect them. And despite the fact the Disney has cast self-proclaimed feminist Emma Watson as Belle, the new live-action Beauty and the Beast movie will (probably) be no exception.

I know this is a tiring and repetitive argument, but it’s a conversation that I’ve seen floating around a lot, specifically over the past few weeks, since the Beauty and the Beast remake comes out this spring. Just because the lead of your movie is a woman doesn’t mean that it’s a “feminist movie” (cough cough, Fifty Shades Of Grey). I want to be excited for Beauty and the Beast, but I simply can’t. Why? Because the story sets terrible examples for young women.

Belle used to be my IDOL, but after growing and and experiencing my fair share of emotional abuse from men, I have come to realize that she actually sets a bad example for what we should be looking for in a relationship. I know you can watch these movies now and think that you are smart enough to realize how messed up it is, but when you’re little and watching these cartoons on repeat, odds are good that you will subconsciously learn lessons from them, and those lessons might be harmful. Example: you REALLY shouldn’t offer yourself up to a man to save your father. Seriously, call the police instead.

I probably will see the new remake, but just because maybe, just MAYBE, Belle will decide that The Beast is awful and leave him at the end. It’s not likely though. If you are planning on seeing this movie, take a quick look at all of these reasons why Beauty and the Beast is actually the worst, and maybe rethink your plans to see it.

1. The Beast is emotionally abusive.
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I mean, OBVIOUSLY. The Beast holds her CAPTIVE. And she just falls in love with him? That’s messed up. He doesn’t (really) let her leave, and expects her to be totally chill with living in that dusty castle for the rest of her life.

 

2. He’s also a literal animal.

I think the fact that The Beast is a literal beast is often one that is overlooked. I mean….he’s….not….human. Sure, he was, at one point, human. But he’s not during the movie when he is holding Belle captive. I know it is supposed to be a “you can love anyone if you look past their appearance” narrative, but he is LITERALLY an animal. NOPE.

 

3. Belle has major Stockholm Syndrome.

If you’re not familiar with Stockholm Syndrome, here is a run down: when people are held hostage (whether IRL or in a relationship) they will sometimes develop feelings of sympathy towards their abusers, despite the fact that they are being manipulated into staying with them. That is essentially what Belle is doing. As strong as she tries to be, she decides to give the beast the “benefit of the doubt,” even though he kidnapped her. Not cool.

 

4. Belle isnt a role model


I know you love to think about Belle being a positive female role model, but she’s sort of not. She is constantly forgiving the man who is holding her captive, which is showing young girls that it’s okay for a man to treat you like crap because he “loves you.”

 

5. All of the men try to own her.
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Throughout the original story, there is the concept of “ownership” surrounding Belle. No matter how “free” she seems, she is always being sought after by men. Whether it is the undesirable Gaston who claims he owns her or the beast who locks her in his castle, no matter how free Belle things she is, she isn’t. If she were free, she wouldn’t end up with either of them, TBH.

 

6. The Beast gives Belle gifts so she will stay with him.
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One of the first signs that Belle is in love with The Beast is when she discovers his giant library. Uuuuuh. Okay. That still doesn’t change the fact that you held her there against her will? What is shown as a “romantic gesture” is just a manipulative tactic that The Beast uses to keep Belle.

 

7. And Belle’s love “changes” him.
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PSA: If you kiss a boy who is mean to you, he won’t all of the sudden be nice. I know that Belle kisses the Beast and he becomes ~handsome~ but that does not happen. Abusive people don’t stop being abusive just with a kiss. That can actually the beginning of a sexually abusive relationship.

 

8. Rescuing your girl from a pack of wolves isn’t a good basis for a relationship.


Okay, so since the Beast saved Belle from a pack of wolves, she is just expected to date him? Um, nah. She wouldn’t be getting attacked by a pack of wolves in the first place if you didn’t, I don’t know, kidnap her. 

 

9. Gaston= Major Creep


I mean, I feel like I don’t need to go that much into this one, but, yeah. Gaston wakes up one day and decides that he wants to marry Belle, without even asking her.

 

10. Also he’s just RUDE AF.
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I get that that’s the point….but still.

 

11. Although it’s never shown, it can be implied that Gaston (and maybe even The Beast) are sexually abusive men.

There is a LOT of toxic masculinity in this movie.

 

12. It’s just….so upsetting that people don’t realize this that we grow up watching these movies, and they actually do affect us subconsciously.

Fun fact: I used to want to be held in a castle like Belle was, because it was ‘romantic.’ I didn’t realize it was messed up until I grew up! 

 

But, on the bright side, at least we’re getting a new Celine Dion song from this?????

Do you agree that Beauty and the Beast is a bad story? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Damn-Deal-Done

    It was set in a time when that’s how life was. Are you people utterly stupid? All modern adaptations which are set in modern times don’t contains these elements. It’s called context, morons.

  • Aryanna Warner

    Beauty and the Beast is and will always be my favorite Disney princess movie. Anyone can tell that it more than likely wasn’t meant to be taken in any of the ways that you have pointed out. It is just a movie for kids to enjoy and that’s all it ever will be. That’s all Walt Disney intended his movies to do. I’m just going to be flat out honest and say that everyone finds anything to critic about evrything. wehter it be an amazing Disney movie, someone else, yourself, a coffee place, or even someone that looks to young to have a kid. That’s all everyone does and everyone will continue doing so. I admit to doing it myself. I’m only 18 years old and I see that in the world. Why can’t everyone else see that is what is wrong in society today? I want to have my kids grow up in a bully free world but I know that will never happen. The only thing we can do is just be ourselves and get over what everyone else thinks.

  • RealGurl

    As long as little girls don’t grow up thinking it is okay to live with someone emotionally abusive because it’s their duty to “change them”.

  • Coral Goz

    Actually Beauty and the beast was written in.the 1700’s so get over yourselves!

  • Coral Goz

    No I’m sorry, I don’t agree with all that feminist claptrap about beauty and the beast! It’s a fairytale that was written decades and decades ago when things were very different. Belle stands up to the Beast on more than one occasion and she’s there out of choice! Remember the words Take me instead!!!

  • RealGurl

    I’m very surprised that Emma Watson is doing this character. Wasn’t she a feminist?

  • Kristin :D

    It’s still my favorite tale <3 Also I think people who came up with BATB never really thought about all these things