I’m sure many of our readers are aware of part of the controversy surrounding the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, which was released to theaters on St. Patrick’s Day. In short, Bill Condon, the “gay” director of the film(born into an Irish Catholic family!), declared that there would be included the first ever “nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie”. According to Condon, the scene features one of the villains “exploring” and learning his sexuality:
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh [Gad] makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its pay-off at the end, which I don’t want to give away.”
After much protest from good Catholics and others who still actually believe in Matrimony, Condon said in another interview to “Screen Crush”, “It’s all been overblown … I love the way it plays pure when people don’t know and it comes as a nice surprise…. Why is it a big deal?”
Additionally, an interview of Condon was unearthed from Passport Magazine from several years ago in which he is asked the first thing he does when he enters a hotel room. He answers “I wish I could say I’m like Ian McKellen and immediately go rip pages out of the Bible, but there don’t seem to be bibles in the hotel rooms I stay in these days.”
As if all of this wasn’t enough, Emma Watson, the former Harry Potter actress now starring as Belle in the film; has also taken the opportunity to promote her despicable agenda. The actress stated first that she would attempt to portray Belle as more of a feminist in this version of the movie. Watson also held for charity an “advice booth” and charged fans two dollars apiece to receive advice from her. When asked what she was to do with the money, Watson exclaimed that the money would be donated to Planned Parenthood, proclaiming “They’re the best!”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUAVH2od-A0&feature=youtu.be
Well, dear Catholics, may God help us all. What a perverse mindset that is spreading in the world! Let us have Hope, however, because Good will prevail. There are already signs of the great victory to come!
As for supporting this film, many have already firmly declined to do so. For those who are still considering, I will address a few objections:
There is no doubt that the “moments” spoken of do occur in the film and are about 20 seconds combined. The director of the film himself has closed the door for interpretation of these scenes and did not retract his words at all. In fact, he simply explained that he wished the scenes would have been more hidden and surprise moviegoers. Ah, so he just wanted the “moments” to be more subliminal and spurious! It would seem his big mouth somewhat foiled his plot.
Some, such as Carl Kozlowski of Catholic(?) News Agency, might object that the scenes are not very long in duration, so the film is essentially suitable for family entertainment. But this is how the devil works! Since when has the devil used the strategy of 0 percent good, 100 percent bad? Besides, even the Council that led to the worst crisis in Church history could be supposedly interpreted for the most part in a Catholic sense. It is actually only a smaller part that is absolutely problematic. A few drops of poison mixed in cake batter is still poison!
I have also heard the objection that young children will not recognize the scenes and will only look for an agenda if their parents tell them. Consider the merit of this logic. We know from science that babies are able to hear and learn inside the womb. This is why good doctors recommend classical music instead of rap, pleasant conversations instead of tense, screaming ones, etc. How then will children not process what they see on the movie screen? They might not recognize much immediately. Believe me, however, it will go into their heads. This is the whole point of the approach. It is not supposed to necessarily come off as blatant. The strategy is much more effective when it is not.
Finally, it is obvious that this movie is being touted as a landmark in “LGBT history”. Christians who decide to still view this movie are praised as not “obsessing” over these matters. Indeed, even if the movie is presented as “Beauty and the Beast”(a title it doesn’t deserve), we must still fight for Truth! Why should we all subject ourselves to inappropriate images or pictures for no sufficient reason? Why should we give support to this movie when modern Disney has allowed such grave matter to be included in or associated with it? It would be most prudent for us to avoid as much support as possible for this revolutionary film. After all, many countries even in our day are imposing restrictions for Beauty and the Beast.
It is very unfortunate that Disney apparently does not mind corrupting its audience, mostly composed of young girls and families, but let this not hold us back! A girl’s innate love for princesses ought not be limited to only Disney princesses. Rather than simply wait for another acceptable movie, we should make efforts to teach our children about all of the great, saintly kings and queens in the past. These monarchs were not only the most noble examples of royalty on Earth, but are now also enjoying royalty in Heaven with the King of Kings Himself!
~ Steven C.