Vodcast: Navigating Beauty and the Beast

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Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast has a lot going for it, at least on paper: It’s a new, updated version of a beloved classic. It stars the effervescent Emma Watson. And it’s rated PG. Families will flock to the thing, right?

And in truth, a lot of them will. But many Christian parents aren’t so sure anymore if they want to take the kids to this tale as old as time. Several weeks ago, director Bill Condon revealed that the film includes a “nice, exclusively gay moment.” And with that, Beauty and the Beast became less of a “must-see” and more of a “should we?” movie for many families.

Adam Holz and I talked about that difficult “should we?” question on our vodcast. Take a look and listen. (Oh, and if you want the nitty-gritty on what’s in the film itself, read the review here.)

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 4 days ago
Great vodcast.  Thanks for doing this.  I hesitate to see the movie and am disappointed that Hollywood chose this movie to take their stand.  I don't judge anyone for going to see it, and it looks like my boycott won't affect the bottom line.  But I don't want to support this agenda in family movies.  I'm going to pass on Beauty and the Beast.  I'll watch the 91 version.
Andy Einsamer Wolf 7 days ago
If you read in the Old Testament when the Children of Israel went into the land they were instructed by God to kill everybody and everything, We can use 1 Samuel 15: 3 as an example where God instructed Saul to kill all the Amaekites but Saul disobeyed by sparing King Agag, So what does this have to do with Beauty and the Beast and the Homosexual scene?  The answer is when God said kill everybody he knew that if the land wasn't purged from those who worshiped false gods and paganism that it would seep over into the Israelites who after time would except it and fall into sin themselves,  The homosexual agenda is like a cancer that is slowly but surely inserting itself into our society in some times subtle and small ways  like a two second dance scene in a movie with two men, after awhile like other sins it grows and becomes more and more excepted in the culture until it is fully developed and you end up with a society like Sodom and Gomorrah, When you first know you have a cancer, you need to cut it out before it reaches maturity  and it kills you, God says sin is sin, no matter how small it seems even in a movie script.  Beauty and the Beast may seem like a inspiring movie but so was the forbidden fruit inspiring in the Garden of Eden but both produced sin and death in the end.  the question you must ask yourself is if Jesus was your guest would you take Him to go see Beauty and the Beast when you knew there was controversial subject matter in it?  So I am going to have to give Beauty and the Beast zero stars out of five for family friendliness.     
Anonymous 2 days ago
Andy,  You are SPOT ON!!  Amen!  The Old Testament is not an outdated book, it is very clear on what happened to the children of Israel when they compromised!!  Great Post!!
Tanya Ansley 7 days ago
Yes, Hollywood has an agenda - but so do we. If Hollywood is trying to indoctrinate our kids then we must indoctrinate them first. You must speak of God’s word to your children “when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 11:19) 
Susan Ziesman 8 days ago
I wonder how many will not see this movie but watch shows that openly glorify sleeping around or adultery. We need to look at our entertainment consumption as a whole.
Anonymous 2 days ago
When you know already know full well what the content of a movie or program has, that is when you make your decision.  God does not want His children compromising, as Andy said in his post, Look at what happened to the children of Israel with their compromising.  Don't think they were not doing the same thing Christians are doing today, in making up some really good excuses to go ahead and pay money to see this movie.
Anonymous 9 days ago
l'm not a parent but we're l, l would address this from several approaches.  First, let's read the original story, which had no hint of homosexuality at all. This is an issue of the world vs true Christianity based on a Biblical worldview. The Bible says that lifestyle is wrong and an abomination in the sight of holy God. It is the lifestyle He hates...not the people who practice it.  His love is for all humanity which is why He sent His son. We cannot teach the children to hate people, but we can teach them to hate what God hates.
Jill Velasco 9 days ago
Thank you so much for your honest reviews. I grew up with my parents relying heavily on the reviews they heard over the radio from you and I now utilize your Web reviews before taking my young children to movies. It is great to have a Biblical perspective from a trusted source before going into the theater. Thank you. Please don't stop being faithful.

Anonymous 10 days ago
No where in the Bible does it say that being gay is the ultimate sin!  It does say it IS SIN!  But in my opinion, there is a lot of SIN going on in the movie.  Lies, deception, the part where it's made very clear that Gaston sleeps around... and so much more.  My point is, maybe if as Christians, we stop making it seem like a gay persons sin is worse than ours; we would be able to find common ground and actually reach them.  Maybe if we stop acting like we can't relate with them and their struggle and confusion.  We all struggle with sin!  I took my daughter to see this movie... I have no regrets.  I am raising her to understand what SIN looks like, and it wears many different masks.  If you're going to boycott this movie, don't just do so for the gay scenes!  Because in my opinion, there was a lot more blatant "sin" throughout the movie going on!  Sadly it's just sin that a lot of Christians right now, write off as less sinful than being gay!  Which is so upsetting to me.  Sin, is sin, is sin!  My daughter knows that same sex relationships are wrong in God's eyes, as well as the hundred other sins that were acted out in this movie.  What I liked about the movie was it shows man's struggle w/all types of "sin" and it even showed some real life consequences for acting out those sins.  If you're smart, you'll simply take the opportunity to discuss this truth w/your kids... should you decide to go watch the movie.  And if you do not, maybe you should boycott all other Disney movies... because there is NO doubt a level of sin is in them all.  Why?  Because we are all human and we ALL need Jesus!  I promise you, that your sin and my sin struggle was definitely depicted somewhere in the movie as well.  And so when your're pointing out to your child how being gay is wrong, please don't for get to point out all the other sin.  Least we ever think we are "better" less of a sinner than someone else!  Your sin and my sin may not look like of a gay persons', but we are equally as sinful!  And as equally in need of a Savior!  
Jenny Whitney 10 days ago
I just had this same conversation with my 14 year old son. While some sins have harsher consequences, we must recognize that we ALL sin, and that we're all the same at the foot of the cross. We all require God's mercy, and the salvation Jesus died to give us. 
On the other hand, I don't agree that living an ongoing sexually active gay lifestyle is morally ok. As sinners, the Bible tells ALL of us repent and sin no more. We all should be striving to stop sinning, but not one of will ever be able to achieve that. But we must still make it a daily priority to obey God, seek his guidance through the Bible, and follow his will. 
Summing up, I totally agree with you that we ALL sin, just in different ways. God will deal with that. It's not our place to condemn. God loves each and everyone of with an unfathomable and perfect love. He put us here to first love HIM & then to love others. How are we ever going to be a light to the world if spend our time condemning others instead of loving them as Jesus commanded. 
Remember:
Love others as you would have them love you.
Love thy neighbor as yourself. 
And the last one (albeit not from the Bible..): You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar!

Tera Anderson 9 days ago
Amen!!
Julienne Dy 9 days ago
"Another long, loud groan"  Making good, conscientious entertainment decisions as a devout Christian is SO hard! "deep, calming breath"  Look, I know that all movies portray sin, and the consequences of those sins are going to vary from movie to movie, which is why we should be careful about the movies that we choose to see.  Furthermore, I LOVED the 1991 animated version.  Belle's combined intelligence and compassion was both inspiring and relatable.  I also loved how the original movie portrayed the consequences and evils of selfishness, arrogance, ignorance, and cruelty.  Based on the trailers, the adaptation seemed to stay faithful to the original in those aspects, and because of that, I was ready to love it just as I loved the original.  If Bill Condon and Josh Gad hadn't said anything about characters being intentionally portrayed as gay, I would have gone to see the movie and either have missed a lot of innuendos or given them the benefit of a doubt if I had noticed.  I applaud you for not only being able to navigate through this movie but for helping your daughter navigate through it as well.  I'll admit that I kind of envy you for being able to do that.  Unfortunately, I can't knowingly give financial support to people who choose to use a beautiful work of art as a tool to not only write off sexual sin of any kind as inconsequential and unimportant but also to shamelessly encourage others to do the same with a clear conscience.  For that reason, I'm going to have to refuse to watch this movie.
Anonymous 2 days ago
If you want to show you child what sin looks like OPEN THE BIBLE!!  God is very explicit, read the Old Testament!
Anonymous 10 days ago
I am disappointed in your advice, homosexuality is a black and white issue in the Bible.  The way to deal with this issue in the movie with our kids is only half the problem, what about our moral responsibility to God and standing up for what is right?  I would love to see this movie, but how can I knowingly donate revenue to something that I believe is so wrong?  The "gay" moments aren't so bad in the movie because that's how they slowly introduce it!  Like the frog in the pot of boiling water, it wasn't boiling when he first jumped in!
Alicia Herrington 10 days ago
I for one am SOOO sick of that analogy. (For one thing, it isn't true. The frog will in fact hop out.) It also doesn't make a whole lot of sense. If anything modern "conservative" Christians are more repressive than ever before. If anything they're so afraid of the rest of the world that they've not only ceased to be "of the world", but the they're not really in it either. Honestly it reminds me of a line from the song Kill in the Beast. "If it's different then it scare us, and this monster is mysterious at least."
Mike Dungey 9 days ago
the frog does in fact die in the water as it's raised in temperature. you need to review your facts instead of using your opinion!
Andrew Gilbertson 9 days ago
That is indeed the world's common claim- 'if it's different, then it scares us'... but I would submit to you that this claim, created by those who equally do not understand those they are labeling with it, is as unfounded and fictitious as the boiling frog analogy (which I have indeed heard has been tested and found to be untrue of frog behavior).

It is easy for me to say, if I see someone opposing something that I have no problem with that they 'hate' it, and equally easy to make the baseless accusation that 'they hate it because they don't understand/fear it.' Goodness knows most modern sci-fi is predicated on that concept. :-)   But just because I make that claim doesn't make it *true*; that's just me trying to insult those who disagree with me, who (it would certainly appear) *I* 'hate and don't understand.' It's a hypocrites' game; oft-repeated because it makes those saying it sound enlightened and those they're saying it about sound ignorant. But it doesn't have the ring of truth.

I don't think I would call Christians 'repressive,' but it's important to note that they standards in the Bible haven't changes (even if the level of ever-imperfect adherence has throughout the ages, and will continue to change). But either way, anyone who is following Christ in His word should not be hating anyone homosexual- but neither should they be accepting homosexual behavior as something that isn't sinful (OR singling it out as any particular unforgivable or worst sin; *anything* that is glorifying sinful behavior or presenting it as acceptable to our children should be meeting with equal caution and prudent parenting.)
Julienne Dy 9 days ago
Umm, I don't completely agree with PluggedIn's advice either, but I do understand why they gave it.  Their biggest priority is and has probably always been to help families navigate problematic content in our entertainment, not to make other people's choices for them.  I'm sure they care about where our money goes and why we choose to spend it on the things that we do, but they're also aware that they're not responsible for other people's choices, whether those other people are filmmakers or film-watchers.  Despite they're admittedly ambivalent advice, they're obviously just as disappointed with Disney as everyone else. :-(
Tonya Hansen 7 days ago
Theres is no homosexuality in the movie
Anonymous 10 days ago
Posted by Peggy Carter

I was originally not too excited for this movie...the trailer just looked cringeworthy and I didn't care for Emma Watson as Belle. The news about LeFou just made me even less interested in it. 

I don't think there's a right or wrong answer...I've had plenty of discussions about it with my mom and sisters, and I personally believe it's a matter of conscience. Would I choose to go see it? Probably not. But that's all gay innuendoes aside - the trailer itself simply didn't impress me. Will I go see it with my sister because she wants to? Yes, because I love her and respect her choice.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Personally I am really disappointed in Disney for choosing to add something so controversial to a children's movie and it's especially sad because I feel like they are going against what Walt intended Disney to represent for children. That being said I understand both sides of those who will choose to sit this one out and those who will still choose to go. While I understand the statement trying to be made by sitting it out I fear, the message will fall on deaf ears. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying you might as well go, I think everyone should do what they feel is right for their situation. However, I personally am more concerned about future inclusions in Disney movies and TV shows. How far will they take it? I would suggest that either in addition to boycotting this film, or as a measure that I believe will make a difference if you are still going to see the film, if you are a Disney Movie Club Member as I am, cancel your membership and let them know you do not support this content being added to films aimed at children. I also suggest you write a letter and mail it to them. Write a few of you feel inspired. This movie is already made, and millions of people will see it, but there are countless movies that haven't been made yet, stories still being written, and discussions taking place on what they should or shouldn't do. Use your voice to stop this from becoming a normal. To stop children's movies from taking an unfortunate turn. We are not at the point of no return in this battle, we can have our say but we need to think about where our voice is most effective. So make those calls that are "recorded for quality assurance" and flood their mailbox with your concerns and disapproval but do it the right way. Show them the loving concern in your letters, lead with love and not anger. The angry cry of a mob can quickly become nothing more than white noise, but the loving plea of a group will be heard and met with understanding.
Jill LaMagdelaine 10 days ago
'If you choose to not see it,  that's fine. But if you're "willing" to engage'? 

Yes, it will continue because most folks don't have the conviction to stand against it. There are people around the world being martyred for their faith and yet US Christians struggle to decide if they can not see a movie for their faith. May God help us. 
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Anonymous 10 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Wow Johnathan; you're rude.
Flora Nicasio 10 days ago
As Christian we shouldn't have to think twice about seeing this movie. It should all ready be planted in your heart not to indorse this movie or Disney for that matter. We need to stand strong on all issues and on God biblical truth. Kids aren't gonna die if they don't see this movie. Please make the right choice.  
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Crystal Cunningham-Bouhl 10 days ago
Yes, we are all God's children and He loves us, even as we sin. We can love each other without loving sin. I love my friends and family who take the Lord's name in vain, curse, lose their temper, defile their bodies, etc.; just as I hope they love me when I sin. Choosing not to support a sin because of our faith doesn't mean we hate each other. If we believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God, we must accept it in its entirety. Yes, I struggle with my own sin, but the Holy Spirit guides us all. The closers we grow to Christ, the easier it becomes to walk the straight and narrow path. God bless.
Anonymous 10 days ago
By CbinJ
The doctrine of Adoption says no: We are only God's children after we repent of sin and follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Through the sacrifice of Christ, believers can enter into sonship with the living God; those who reject the Gospel do not inherent the kingdom as sons--they do not recieve the benefits of the adoption.
https://www.gotquestions.org/all-God-children.html
By CbinJ
Alicia Herrington 10 days ago
Give me a break. Seeing a movie is not "endorsing sin". It's exactly this kind of attitude that makes people turn away from Christians as repressive bigots.
Stephan Berkoff 10 days ago
This is just another leak into our children's lives and society in general. Eventually we will see more and more of this but I will not help Disney with my money.  I would like to ask them not to include these controversial issues in their movies that I have trusted since I saw Peter Pan 57 years ago when I was 4. These type of sins are the kind that can change children's whole outlook on life and influence them to think "how can God say that it's a sin?" God has such great plans for us please include this "good news" in your movies Disney, please!
Anonymous 10 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

My mom and dad are HUGE fans of the original, and I was secretly planning to take them out to this movie as a surprise for them. But low and behold, Disney gave us a surprise by including THIS, IN A CHILDRENS MOVIE!

We've all decided not to see the movie now, and will just save our money.

Maybe I can take my folks to Cars 3; after all, they love the first movie (and they liked the second one.)!
Monica Martin 10 days ago
I really think Disney should release an alternate version with no homosexuality at all. 
Natasha Cover 10 days ago

If Christians are going to boycott this movie, then I feel that they need to take a good hard look at why they're boycotting.  If it's because there is sin in this movie, then they need to decide why they feel some sins are acceptable to view while others are not.  Nowhere in the Bible does it say that homosexuality is the greatest sin, to be avoided above all others.  And yet, I see more of a hue and cry over homosexuality than I do over things like premarital sex, or disrespect of parents, or lying, or stealing - all of which are also sins, according to the Bible.  Why is there no outcry over the fact that Aladdin is a thief, but there is over Le Fou being gay?  Why is there no outrage over Ariel being disrespectful of her father, but a homosexual makes people rise up in protest?

I will not be boycotting Beauty and the Beast.  Gay people exist, and to avoid a movie because one character is gay seems to me like burying one's head in the sand to avoid the real world.  If others wish to boycott, that is their prerogative, of course, and I shall respect their decision.  But please, if you are one of those people who is boycotting, tell me why this movie and this particular sin is so much worse to you than the sins found in any other children's movie.  Why is homosexuality the most abhorrent sin to you, when others go ignored or scarcely discussed?  Why is there such inconsistency in whether or not one avoids sin?

Robbie Rotten 10 days ago
I was going to say something like this, but you said it much better! I will be going to see this movie, hopefully it will be enjoyable.
Anonymous 10 days ago
I think it has more to do with comfort zone than sin
Kevin Sprague 10 days ago
Bad isn't has bad since worse came along.
Anonymous 10 days ago

By CbinJ

I'll answer your questions, but first let me work through some of the fallacies you presented. I do not know of these conservative/orthodox churches or individual Christians you speak of who say or act as if homosexuality is the worst sin of all. "...scarcely discussed..." You don't even have to go to another website, maybe just read a PIO Review or a FOTF article to see Christians discussing all kinds of moral problems--all kinds. You need to step back and reset your parameters lest you look to be merely propping up straw-men. In a theological sense, all sin is problematic in the sight of a Holy and Righteous God. However, God is also practical and does categorize sins in the Bible. Some sins are worse than others; some sins have much harsher punishments and much greater consequences than others. We all recognize this. This natural sowing and reaping principle gives us a glimpse of the Natural Law that undergirds the universe.

So, just taking your example of Aladdin and Ariel. The wrongness of the thieving and disrespecting are mitigated when you look at the overarching stories. Aladdin sings "gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat", he is not stealing out of some kind of malice. He doesn’t want to be a thief. He suffers consequences for being a thief. Thievery is shown to be wrong as the bad guys are all thieves. In Aladdin and the King of Thieves (the third one where he finds out his father is a thief), Aladdin is the one who fights against thievery. The Little Mermaid presents another case in which the character struggles with the wrong thing they are doing. Ariel is shown to love and respect her father even as she is disobeying him. The boundaries that her father sets are shown to be somewhat unreasonable and her father is shown to be somewhat wrong in the way he treated his daughter. Also, she suffers dearly for her disobedience. Disobedience is shown as wrong because the villain is encouraging it. And in the end there is a reconciling between father and daughter. Also, note that the thieving and disrespect and nearly any other Disney conflict trope present in the Classics is meant to grow the character in the morality play that they find themselves. Most of these stories are based on fairy tales after all, many of which were generally the product of Judeo-Christian Western sensibilities (The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Walt Disney, JM Barrie, etc). Indeed, all good stories are good because they reveal or encapsulate Truth. God is the Truth.

Now, getting back to the heart of the issue: just as I said before, sin is categorized and the punishments and consequences are doled out in portion to the offense. And Natural Law undergirds the universe and certainly must undergird the worldview of a Christian. Why is homosexuality considered such a high level offense? The simple answer: it goes directly against the design that God, in the beginning, declared Good. Homosexuality is a crime against the body, soul, mind, and strength (in a way) of the individual and society.

It’s ironic that Beauty and the Beast would be the movie in which Disney starts to explicitly advocate on behalf of the homosexual agenda. The wages of sin is death. It is the sin of homosexuality that delivered the late great composer Howard Ashman. (He died of AIDS.) He never got to see the success of his creation. He died before it hit theatres, before it was nominated for Best Picture. (Just watch the bonus features on the 2 Disc Special Edition DVD of The Beauty and the Beast. They explain that Howard Ashman was instrumental in the creation of Beauty and the Beast. They also explain how he struggled with outbursts of anger and regret during his last days while working on the movie. They never mention homosexuality or AIDS, but they reveal more than they meant to about what havoc the homosexual lifestyle wreaks on a man’s life.)

By CbinJ

Johnathan Reeves 10 days ago
Speaking of fallacies, your pious little blog there is full of them.
Natasha Cover 10 days ago

Forgive me, I appear to have been unclear in my original post and it has caused some confusion.  I am well aware that Plugged In reports issues ranging from homosexuality to cursing to violence to disobedience to parents, and everything in between.  I've been reading their reviews for years.  What I was attempting to state was that, while Plugged In and other sites point out many flaws within entertainment, I rarely see Christians rising up en masse to boycott something like pre-marital sex in a movie, while they have done so for homosexuality here with Beauty and the Beast.  I hope this solves any confusion; I do not wish my argument to appear to have been crafted around a fallacy.

Sin is categorized in the Bible?  Could you please point me to the verses which do so?  I'm very curious and would love to read them.  However, even if there is a hierarchy of sin, with some being worse than others...they're all sin.  Sin is, by definition, "an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law."  So why is it okay for Christians to view some sins, but not others, in their entertainment?  Is a little bit of transgression okay, but not a more serious one?

Your counterargument for my examples of Aladdin and Ariel confuses me.  The Bible clearly states, "Thou shalt not steal." (Exodus 20:15)  I know of no verse that later clarifies "But if stealing is the only way you can eat and therefore survive, it's okay."  In fact, we are later commanded to follow the laws of men - which include not stealing.  We can understand Aladdin's reasons for stealing, and it isn't for us to judge, but he's still sinning and breaking the law.  You counter that Ariel was justified in running away from home because her father was too strict on her.  Disney has confirmed that the little mermaid is 16.  She runs away to meet a boy that her father deems unsuitable for her.  Is it okay to dishonor your parents (a sin) while living under their roof at the age of sixteen because you view their rules to be too strict?  I think most teenagers have felt that their parents were too rigid, but that doesn't make Ariel's actions right.  And sure, Ursula taking her voice might have been punishment, but Ariel still follows her heart and gets the prince.  Triton forgives her in the end, but does that make her actions any less a sin?  We can understand the reasoning, root for the heroes, and justify their actions all we want; it doesn't change the fact that what they did goes against what the Bible says.  Please don't misunderstand me - I'm not trying to say that they aren't great movies, stories, and characters.  I'm merely trying to point out the hypocrisy I see in which Christians are okay viewing some sins, but not others.  (Harry Potter was boycotted for witchcraft, but every Christian family I know who boycotted it were *huge* fans of Lord of the Rings.  So...Gandalf being a wizard is okay, but Harry Potter isn't?)  If you dislike my examples, please take a look at super hero movies.  Iron Man has premarital sex.  Black Widow is a former assassin/murderess.  Spider Man lies to his aunt.  All of these are sins, and yet I didn't see Christians calling for a huge boycott of the Marvel movies.  Yet, if a gay superhero were announced, I get the feeling there would be a lot more hullabaloo.

(A minor point, but you say that "Most of these stories are based on fairy tales after all, many of which were generally the product of Judeo-Christian Western sensibilities".  In point of fact, while the Grimm Brothers were Christian, the stories they collected were not.  There are many a reflection of pagan pantheons and mythoses in fairy tales, because the oral traditions of the stories often predated the spread of Christianity and reflected the gods of the countries at those times.  Two Disney movies are great examples of this: The Little Mermaid [Triton was the son of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea] and Peter Pan [named after Pan, the Greek god of forest and nature, who was often depicted playing the pipes].)
Lastly, I'm confused by your argument about AIDS.  You accused me of including fallacies in my post, but I see the fallacy of omission in your own.  AIDS is perhaps most famous for its history with the homosexual community, but can also infect heterosexuals - or those who have had no sex at all.  Homosexual acts are not the only way to spread it - needles, for example, are another.  You seem to argue that the fact that homosexuals contract AIDS is proof that their orientation is a great sin and is unnatural?  I hope I'm misunderstanding your post, and if I am, then I apologize.  But heterosexuals contract AIDS, and, indeed, other STDs as well, so I'm rather confused by your argument.
I hope I have clarified my point!  I truly wish to avoid confusion on this topic.  Thank you for your response.

Alicia Herrington 10 days ago
Well stated.
Jenny Whitney 10 days ago
Beautifully written. A reminder of "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
Tera Anderson 9 days ago
Absolutely.
Gwen Threlfall 10 days ago
Beauty and the Beast was my all time favorite Disney movie!! I was soooooo excited about seeing this movie!! I'm pretty bummed that Disney has to take a children's story and make something adult out of it!! Walt Disney is probably turning over in his grave!!! He started Disney for the innocence of children. And the world is twisting and turning it so that children will no longer be able to grow up watching Disney movies!! It's sad how the world has changed!! But it says in the Bible these things will come to pass!!! And no matter who turns against you, you need to stand FIRM on what you believe!! I will not be seeing something I was so looking forward to seeing!!
charitysplace 11 days ago
I was hoping to go opening day but the flu has knocked me flat. I had to postpone this outing until the middle of next week as a result. I still intend to go.

My thoughts are muddled with brain fever but I have several concerns.

One, that Disney is "forcing" parents to confront issues with their children, which seems disrespectful to parents everywhere; it's one thing to include something like this in a film aimed at teens, and another to include it in something aimed at small children. (I get it, it's aimed at everyone, but the kids element makes this problematic.)

Two, that it's disrespectful representation when you consider that "La Fu" literally means "the fool," and he is the comedic relief. Back in olden days when homosexuality was a major joke in Hollywood, films often included dis-likable characters, villains, or stupid sidekicks as "gay" for the purpose of mocking them. How is this "representation" not just as offensive?

Three, Jesus loves homosexuals too. He ate with tax collectors and prostitutes in his day; who would he eat with today? drug addicts? homosexuals? prostitutes? (Some things never change!) His message hasn't changed: love one another.

What this means, when dealing with the gay and bisexual community, I don't know. I don't have that answer. All I know is Jesus dealt with people individually, and what he objected to in their life may not have been what we might object to in their life. He wasn't specific when he talked to them about their "sin." I suspect that means he cares more about what's on the inside than the outside... which, ironically, is the message of Beauty & the Beast. Do we judge the outer appearance, or do we look at the soul?
Johnathan Reeves 10 days ago
I'm here trolling the ridiculous people, but I'm just stopping by your comment to say that while I disagree with you on a lot of the opening few paragraphs, it is a well-thought out viewpoint, and you aren't afraid to admit that it's a confusing issue for you, and I respect that. Kudos.
Alicia Herrington 10 days ago
Interesting perspective, if wrong. Especially when you talk about it being wrong to "force parents to confront issues with their children" gay people exist. I know conservatives like to live in a bubble where they can pretend that that is not true, but it doesn't change the fact that there are gay people out there. And truth is, most kids don't care. The only reason that they have an opinion is because they're told  to by their parents. If the adults don't make a big deal out of it, neither will the kids.
charitysplace 9 days ago
So what happens to your argument when you find a gay conservative? It's pretty hard for them to deny they exist, right?
Alicia Herrington 5 days ago
I'm sorry, I should have clarified. I meant conservative Christians. (Who, in my experience can be gay themselves and still deny the existence of homosexuality.)
charitysplace 4 days ago
The philosopher-psychologist M. Scott Peck says sanity is based on how closely your views align with reality; if you can be gay yourself and still deny the existence of homosexuality, you are by definition insane. ;)

I don't know that parents hoping to choose the right time to discuss homosexuality with their kids is 'choosing to deny homosexuality exists,' so much as facing the difficult task of parenting... but kids are already exposed to it everywhere anyway, so I suppose it's not that big a deal.

I've now seen the film and there's almost zero inference that LeFou is gay; it would go over most kids' heads, anyway. :P
Vickibeth O'Brien 11 days ago
I don't think the issue is whether or not this prompts "a talk" with your kids, but rather, the message it sends Disney. Will Christians support a company who advertises that they put sin ON PURPOSE in a movie? Disney says "We are pushing an anti-Christian agenda" and Christians respond with, "We don't care that you promote the sins that our Christ died on the cross for, we want to be entertained so we will attend your film, give you money, and tell you through our actions that promoting sin is cool." Personally, I disagree that this is not a right/wrong issue, I believe it's wrong for a Christian, but I know that's my personal belief and so my family will not be supporting Disney and this film. As for me and my house.... Thankful for Plugged In. It's a great family resource.
Miranda Huston 10 days ago
I agree with you. However, I was recently reminded that we as Christians view plenty of other movies and TV show's that include pre-marital sex, and violence, but are generally un-phased by those sins. So, should it be all or nothing? How do we navigate the entertainment industry in a healthy God-glorifying way?
Julienne Dy 11 days ago
"Long, loud groan"  As a girl who LOVES Disney Princesses, Beauty and the Beast, and the live-action remake of Cinderella, I was ready to go see this movie and be all "Shut up and take my money," but then, this happens.  I probably would have gone to see it and completely missed the gay moment IF I was still fresh out of high school, but I'm not.  Plus, I read the review, so I KNOW it's there.  I'm so disappointed.  I really want to see Belle come to life in live-action, but now, I can't even think about watching the movie with a clear conscience, knowing what my money is going to be used to support. :'-(
Sheri Cheryl Aronhalt Smith 11 days ago
I agree completely. As a parent, it is my job to decide how to approach these issues with my child. Disney should not be pushing this issue.If we don't take a stand now, then Disney will keep pushing the envelope. What would people say if Belle were reading a Bible in the movie?  
Gwen Threlfall 10 days ago
I love that outlook. It's sad that the world will condemn us for not agreeing with their sin, but then still condemns us when we want to uphold our righteousness. They always win, and we always loose. It's too one sided!!
Brooke Richards 10 days ago
But in the end who wins??!
Julienne Dy 10 days ago
For people wondering what I meant by me missing the gay moment if I was still fresh out of high school, I would like to clarify that I was one of those kids that lacked a functioning gaydar/innuendo-dar.  I didn't get one until I was maybe a college sophmore or junior.  (sheepish grin)
Julienne Dy 9 days ago
Other than school and learning, I pretty much hated my high school years, but if there is one thing that I actually miss from those days, it is my youthful innocence/naivety.  "sigh" Those were the days back when I thought that a junkie was someone who ate too much junk food.
Lauren Law 11 days ago
20 years ago there was controversy about Disney and all the naysayers were hushed and booed and called names when they pointed out that Disney was taking the American family for a ride.  So we hushed up and just stopped buy Disney and believing Disney's skewed version of love.  And "Voila'"...now Disney wants to help our children learn to accept homosexuality as "normal".  I wish this vlog had given us some help on how to explain to our children how to love sinners and still know that sin is wrong.  I have several friends who are homosexuals.  I've chosen to love them because I believe Jesus would love them if He were here.  I've also told them that homosexuality is a sin and has consequences...because I believe Jesus would do the same if He were here.  Jesus NEVER condoned sin...or flirted with sin...or supported sin.  So I don't even feel tempted to see this movie.  I'm praying my children will keep my grandchildren away from it...but I know that my own children struggle with God possibly not accepting their homosexual friends into heaven.  The Scriptures are either all true...or they're just not good for anything.  Jesus either IS Who He says He is...or He's the greatest liar of all history.  And Christians who flirt with the world are going to get burned...because the one who runs free on this earth is deceiving and conniving and inviting and tempting...and we're to FLEE him.  Glad folks are at least talking about this so we can be busy encouraging each other to good works.
Rachel Pyron 11 days ago
Thank you so much for your review. Once I heard the actual moment wasn't kissing, I was more inclined to see it. My boys don't care about it, but I am such a Beauty and the Beast fan, that my heart broke once I heard of the "exclusively gay moment". Then I heard what some of the actors had to say about the Christians who were protesting it. It was so upsetting, and I knew I couldn't justify going. I can't support it. Again, I am thankful for your review!
Charlene Kelley 11 days ago
I will not be going to see this movie 
Charlene Kelley 11 days ago
I STILL WONT SEE IT 
Ann Figueroa 11 days ago
I can only speak for myself, but whether or not that is the case based on another's viewing perception, the fact of the matter is that moment is being emphasized.  There is an intention that Durant sit well with myself or other parents.  I'm sure we can refer to countless shows/films that imply, infer elude to but the fact is this: if you say you are a Christian then what are you really taking a stand for or against when you try to dismiss or make light of an obvious unbeliever and his claims to point out and magnify this one moment?