Gaston really is the most terrifying Disney villain because he could be anyone in the world.
Later he convinces the whole town to set up his wedding with the knowledge that the would-be bride would be thrown into it. Everyone finds his creepy-ass tactics as cute and “boys will be boys” esque. So yeah, he is terrifying.
Yeah, 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 othered 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 Ashman, 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 marry 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 you’re a monster all your life can fuck with your head and make you stop seeing yourself as human.
Society rewards the bullies because we’ve been brought up to believe that their victims don’t 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.
I agree that Gaston’s role is important and points out a lot about problems in our society, but have you guys not seen Hunchback of Notre Dame? Frollo literally sings about how he wants God to damn Esmeralda to hell because he’s attracted to her. And then proceeds to burn down a large portion of Paris in order to kill her and the rest and all of the gypsies hiding there. Gaston is messed up, but you’d be hard pressed to find a villain in any movie who is as twisted and terrifying as Frollo.
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The love of Jehovah is like the ocean, you can see its beginnings but not its ends.
Jehovah loves you immensely in a way that you can never imagine."
"They’re too close to be "just friends"!"
"Look! They care for each other! They must be in love!”
"They talk to each other a lot! Its so cannon that they’re gay for each other!"
STOP DEVALUING FRIENDSHIPS!
ROMANCE/SEX IS NOT SUPERIOR TO FRIENDSHIP!
PEOPLE CAN LOVE AND CARE FOR EACH OTHER WITHOUT BEING ROMANTICALLY/SEXUALLY INVOLVED!
PLATONIC RELATIONSHIPS ARE NOT INFERIOR TO ROMANTIC/SEXUAL ONES!
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I actually believe artists and scientists think very similarly. Complex, abstract thought? They both have that down. It’s all about where that thinking takes you after that.
Words cannot describe how much I love this post.
I hate that the two are talked about as oppositional things. Science and art are bros, to the point where the debate still rages about which preceded the other. We don’t fight, we’re not enemies, we need each other. Ask an artist what they focus on, anatomy, light, color, depth. Do you know what that really is? Biology, theories of visual perception, and physics. The number of artistic movements that were literally started because of a new scientific discovery is staggering. Hell, to gain legitimacy, early photographers did their utmost to appear to be artists, because they knew otherwise, photography would just be viewed as an illegitimate gimmick.
I cannot tell you how much I despise this idea that science and art are at oppositional ends of the spectrum. You can not have art without the tools made by science (stylus, paper, ink, paint, video, anything), and you cannot have science without the explanations granted by art (written word, illustrations, diagrams, charts, anatomical models, medical comics). I literally once had someone tell me a video game could never be art because it involved science…well guess what, so did DaVinci’s works, so did the Impressionists, so did every artist ever. Even when you break it down to pure, raw abstraction, composition is simply math.
Science is art, art is science. Stop acting like one is pure intellect and the other pure emotion. Its an absurd binary, and frankly, it does not really exist.
This is legit my biggest issue with Adorno. I get that he’s an angry old man, but when he says that science and aesthetics cannot converge, I want to throw his books against the wall and scream.
Granted, he’s also dead. W. Benjamin is so much better.
The golden ratio: evidence that science and art are united.
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Have you tried aspirin?
did n’t work. I used ibuprofen and tylenol both, as we have no aspirin, so. Eh. I’ve lived…
Have you tried aspirin?
did n’t work. I used ibuprofen and tylenol both, as we have no aspirin, so. Eh. I’ve lived with it this long.
Remember that tiara thing when you’re 18 buy it and become the ultimate magical girl with no headaches
mmmeeeehhhhhhhwhwhwwww yessss i cannot wait till that day
//whisper or I could buy one and give it to you?Source: questing4awhile
//whispers to you two anons who sent me really nice messages, thank you really really mucho a lot.
I’m being selfish and keeping them to myself. But I wanted to let to both know that I love you too. Ye. ;u;