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You Can Change A Man Who Treats You Like Shit
Oh, to be a fly on the wall on the day someone at Disney proclaimed: "I have a great idea! Let's make a movie about Stockholm Syndrome — the kids will love it!"
After enduring what seems like an eternity of abuse, Belle falls in love with the Beast, thus forever ensuring that millions of little girls would believe it normal to have feelings for a man who treats them like crap.
Exhibit A: This scene. How long would you stay with a dude who eats like that?
You Are Beautiful, Therefore You Are Valuable
This is the story of a girl so beautiful that her first name is literally Belle. She's also smart, a fact this film hammers over and over again by depicting her with "her nose stuck in a book."
No matter that all she seems to read are fairy tales about knights in disguise rescuing hapless damsels. She's a beautiful nerd, which simultaneously makes her the perfect potential wife, but also a social pariah.
If A Man Doesn't Get What He Wants, He Will Hurt You & Your Family
To make matters worse for Belle, she's caught the eye of the town fuckboy. Unfortunately for him, she has better things in mind for her future than darning his socks and breeding 12 boys for him to take hunting. Basically, this movie is teaching young girls that if you reject the advances of a man, he'll threaten to lock your father up in an asylum, publicly shame you, and round up a mob to kill your boyfriend. Oh, and there's nothing you can do to stop him, because you're a woman and therefore need a man to save you.
This isn't so much a bad life lesson as it is a sad one. Some men do in fact resort to mental, and even physical violence when rejected. The problem here is that Beast is no better. He and Gaston are both abusers.
Inanimate Objects Sing & Dance With Impunity
Why does no one question the fact that a clock is serving them tea? I've been to France and I'm pretty sure the pouf didn't bark at me. I definitely don't remember my dresser picking out my outfits (although that would have been welcome).
Children, this doesn't happen. Put down the lamp. It won't serenade you.
A Father's Obsession Matters More Than His Daughter's Safety
No offence, but Maurice is clearly the worst. Does the world really need a wagon-shaped wood-chopping machine, Maurice? When you really think about it, he's kind of a bad father.
With zero regard for the fact that his daughter has just been harassed by a large man who wants to marry her by force, dear old daddy sets off for an inventor's contest, leaving her alone. Obviously, he gets lost on the way, even though his horse told him it wasn't that way. Typical Maurice.
Ultimately, Belle is forced to trade places with him in captivity — not cool, dad.