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Think about it, the truly scary thing about Beauty and the
Beast isn' t that Gaston exists, but that society fucking
loves him. People who deride the movie by saying it' s
about Stockholm Syndrome are ignoring that it' s actually
about the various ways that truly decent people get
otheres by society. People don' t trust the Beast because
of the way he looks. which only feeds his anger issues
and pushes him further away. Gaston isn' t the only one
who criticizes Belle for being bookish, either; the whole
town says there must be something wrong with her. And
her father gets carted off to a mental asylum for being
just a little eccentric.
Howard Amman. who collaborated on the film' s score
and had a huge influence on the movie' s story and
themes, was a gay man who died of AIDS shortly after
work on the film was completed. If you watch the film
with that in mind, the message of it becomes clear.
Gaston demonstrates that bullies are rewarded and
beloved by society as long as they possess a certain set
of characteristics. while nice people who don' t are
ostracized. The love story between Belle and the Beast is
about them finding solace in each other after society
rejects them both.
Notice how the Beast reacts when the whole town comes
for him. He' s not angry. he' s sad. He' s tired. And he
almost gives up because he has nothing to live for. But
then he sees that Belle has come back for him, and
suddenly he does. In the original fairy tale, the Beast
asks Belle to many him every night, and the spell is
broken when she accepts. In the Disney movie, he waits
for her to love him, because he cannot love himself.
That' s how badly being ostracized from society and told
that were a monster all your life can fuck with your
head and make you stop seeing yourself as human.
Society rewards the bullies because we' been brought
up to believe that their victims doe} belong. That if
someone doesn' t fit in, then they have to be put in their
place, or destroyed. And this movie demonstrates that
this line of thinking is wrong. It' s so much deeper than a
standard "be yourself" message, and that' s why it' s one
of my favorite Disney movies.