My Reasons for Not Seeing Beauty and the Beast



I've been planning to do this post for a while. Just trying to get up my courage, I guess. I'm going to be as tactful and polite as possible, but still blunt, because I have very strong beliefs about this movie, and I meant part of this blog's purpose to be a place where I can voice my opinions.
I'm not seeing Beauty and the Beast. And this is not exactly because there is a "gay scene" in the movie. If they had not said anything about it, I would certainly have still gone. If it's as inconsequential as everyone is saying, I probably wouldn't even have really noticed.
But.
They did say things about it. Not only that, the folks at Disney stood on the rooftops and shouted for the entire world to hear that they were putting the "gay scene" in their movie. They basically dared us, the Christians.. They said, "Christians, what are you going to do now? You've been excited about this movie- will you still see it?"
And many of us said, "Well, we'll wait and see."
Then Disney announced, "You know what? That scene was stupid. The blink-and-you'll-miss-it sort. You should still come see our movie."
And many - I dare say even most - of the Christians in America said, "Oh, okay. It's not a big deal."
Please understand: If you saw this movie, I am not angry at you. However, I do think we need to think carefully about all this, and here is why:
Disney touted their "gay scene" from the rooftops. They told everyone, pretty much in the world, that they were doing this and basically dared us to go along with it. The fact that they announced it is why I am not seeing the movie.
And, in all honesty, this two-second bit is little more than a test balloon. The fans have been asking for a while now for Disney to make various major characters homosexual: Elsa, Captain America, and Poe Dameron, to name a few. In my opinion, it's quite possible and even probable that they decided to test this with LeFou to see if they could get away with doing even more with one of these above characters in their forthcoming sequels. They needed to know how much money they'd lose if they did it.
Well, as it turns out, not much. Beauty and the Beast has had the seventh highest-grossing opening weekend ever and has received just about universal acclaim. Most of the Christians in this nation are seeing it.
I'm not. And it's because of the announcement and the expectation that everyone will just go along with it that I'm not seeing it. I don't believe that homosexuality is honoring to God, and I also don't believe that when sin is being proclaimed as a good thing that Christians should buy into it.
So, that's why I'm not seeing Beauty and the Beast. You may have other opinions, and I'm not averse to hearing them.
For more opinions on this movie, check out:
A Word About Beauty and the Beast
My Views On Beauty and the Beast
Why I Said "No" To Beauty and the Beast
~Faith


Comments

  1. Hey, great post! I think you handled this really well. :) I agree with a lot of what you said, though I guess my opinions differ somewhat. (But that's what makes life interesting, I s'ppose. ;D)

    One thing I've been thinking a little bit about: I find it kind of odd that the character they chose to make gay was actually a ridiculous one. Not sure this is necessarily something that people should be proud of? (Of course, I'm not saying that I think gay people are like LeFou. NOT AT ALL. I'm just saying that for a movie that "supports" this or whatever, it's kind of an odd choice of casting.)

    I still am thinking about seeing it, but I haven't decided yet. (I'm so decisive. XD) I'm not boycotting or anything, but I respect the fact that some people don't want to see it. :)

    Great job! I enjoyed hearing your thoughts. ^_^ (OH, and thanks for linking to my post! I still have to reply to everyone's comments on that, haha.)

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    1. Variety is the spice of life, as they say! I love your post on this, that's kind of what inspired me to write this one.
      Yeah, I found that weird too. The thing is that everyone's saying it's such a "victory" for homosexual people, but in the original, LeFou is a bumbling idiot. And I respect that they tried to change that, but he's the slap-sticky comic relief. I would have expected them to go with one of the enchanted objects if they were to make someone homosexual.
      And I respect that some people will still see it - I just wish that parents wouldn't take little kids, as I know some of my friends have done. If you're older, and willing to talk it through, then sure, but please, don't take your five-year-old.
      Your post was great. I think I already said that, but oh well. And thank you so much. :) You're so nice. Good luck on your NaNo novel!

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  2. Excellent post :) I'm a Christian, and I will be seeing the movie, but I definitely don't condone the homosexual element.

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. Thanks. I will say that I think by seeing the movie we are, to some extent, condoning it, but if your conscience is not bothering you about it then you're okay.

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  3. You did really well! I'm not tactful, so I had to sound a bit harsher in my post, I'm afraid. But you did amazing!
    And if they do end up making Captain America gay, all the girls in my homeschool co-op will kill the producers! So that's not a smart move... ;)

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    1. Your post was good, too! We had different angles, and yours is just kind of going to be harsh whether you're tactful or not. I can be really harsh in real life about this. I am NOT HAPPY about these changes.
      Hahaha, the girls in my co'op will too. (Me among them, actually, although I prefer Iron Man over Cap anyway.) But they've already gotten so far into the series with him that in my opinion he seems like the least likely of the three.

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    2. Iron man over Captain America?! We actually had that discussion today in our IEW class, only one girl went Iron man, and we teased her a little afterwards (playfully, of course). ;)

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    3. Yeah, I don't know why, but everyone seems to prefer Cap. My friend and I don't at my co'op. We're already unpopular, but since we made that opinion common knowledge we're sitting more and more by ourselves... ;)

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  4. I think you did a good job with this post, polite and thoughtful.
    "In my opinion, it's quite possible and even probable that they decided to test this with LeFou to see if they could get away with doing even more with one of these above characters in their forthcoming sequels."- I haven't considered that.
    Frankly, it seemed like poorly done politics. I'd rather re-watch the sweet and simple old version.

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    1. Yeah, I hadn't either, actually. I have my dad to credit for that - he sees right through everything. I'm getting better at that, but still not great.
      It does. But, you know, just trying to make people think we're doing what they're asking for. All the reviews I've seen have said it's exactly the same movie except for the addition of a couple of unnecessary new modern things (like this). So I will just stay home and watch my animated version because #GreatMovies.

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  5. Well done, and thank you for being brave enough to face this subject in a world where we're often condemned for doing so!

    I haven't heard much about this movie, actually, but it certainly does seem like they were saying "So what are you Christians going to do about it?!" Because the easy way out, as always, is to say nothing and go along with it.

    Thank you for your post. It's an important topic.

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    1. Thanks, Jem. In my house, it's impossible to not hear about this stuff, so I'm pretty well read about it all. But yes, the easy way is to ignore what we believe, and I think that when Christians in other countries are being tortured and killed for what they believe, we must take a stand on the little things. That's one of the biggest reasons I'm doing it.

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    2. I found some verses I think show the spirit of this:

      "If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience' sake.
      "But if anyone says to you, "This was offered to idols," do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience' sake, for "the earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness."
      "'Conscience,' I say, not your own, but that of the other..." - 1 Corinthians 10:27-29.

      Since I have been told "this was offered to the idols of the world's new 'values' of 'tolerance'!" - for my conscience' sake, and for the sake of other people and their conscience, I will not see it (lest people think we Christians condone it).

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    3. Yes. I think that verse sums it up perfectly.

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  6. Very true! I think it's a start to get people comfortable with a tiny piece until it becomes normal, and it is a test. Even if the whole gay thing was just a second, the way they advertised it is disturbing. I'm glad there are others not seeing it.

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    1. Yes, I agree with you. The marketing was the worst part of it - they made it sound like something that should be rated at least PG-13, if not R. This is stuff that simply does not belong in a children's movie.

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  7. YES THANK YOU THESE ARE MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY. *nods* xD Go you for getting up and addressing this!

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  8. I saw the movie. It was not just a 'two second blink and you'll miss it' it was obvious, showed several times, and he wasn't even stupid or an outcast like in then previous movie. It made me so sad that an otherwise beautiful movie with some of my favorite actors, beautiful songs, and a remake of one of the best movies ever did that. So sad and twisted. I thank you for standing up for what you believe is right, and I mostly agree with you (although like I said I have seen it).
    Its interesting how you said that they screamed it from the rooftops and that's why we shouldn't be seeing it, because they like dared us to, but I don't think if they had kept quiet about it that that should have made a difference. Also what you said about this will make it so much easier or whatever to introduce more gay character is very true, and I doubt that there will basically ever be another huge huge movie to come out that doesn't have something along those lines, even if very subtle. Which is incredibly sad.
    Thanks again for your views! Good post.

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    1. You're very welcome. I do agree that it shouldn't make a difference; what I mostly meant by saying that is that we wouldn't have known it was coming if we'd been there, and people would not have made a big deal about it beforehand. It feels like a publicity stunt, more than anything, which is incredibly sad.

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    2. I see, and I agree. Very sad indeed...

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  9. ok, so the heterosexual relationship is fine, but as soon as a gay character is added it's all 'oh no!!! the children!!!!'

    i hope children do see this, so they will grow up to be less homophobic then you.

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    1. Homophobia is the crippling fear of homosexual people. I am not cripplingly afraid of homosexuality; however, I do stand to a moral code that says it is wrong. I will therefore not see a movie that glorifies homosexuality and says it is a good thing.
      There is a difference between heterosexuality and homosexuality, and that is why there has been heterosexuality in kids' movies for decades. Perhaps this is wrong; however, that is not the point I'm trying to make here. The point I am making is that putting something dishonoring to God in a kids' movie is going to make me not want to see it. And before you ask, no, I do not watch movies with gratuitous violence, lots of cussing, or sexually explicit scenes of any kind. I believe that entertainment can serve us or we can serve it, and we must honor God in our choices with it. That's why I wrote this post. I am not forcing people to agree with me; as you can see in the above comments, plenty of people who read this still saw the movie, and I am not judging them. I am simply giving my reasons for not seeing Beauty and the Beast.

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    2. homophobia
      ˌhɒməˈfəʊbɪə,ˌhəʊməˈfəʊbɪə/Submit
      noun
      dislike of or prejudice against homosexual people.

      prejudice
      ˈprɛdʒʊdɪs/Submit
      noun
      preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.

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    4. I believe deeply that I am correct, and I know that you also believe that you are correct. You're not going to change my mind, and I doubt I can change your mind. So let's just be civil, and not call each other names. Thank you! :)

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  10. This is so good, Faith! I very much a agree with you! Also thanks for mentioning my post! The thing that bothers me the most is that Christians are buying into what Disney is trying to do.

    I like to keep as a general rule...if other people are doing I'm not going to do it. ;)

    - Lilly Shyree (alillyingodsgarden.blogspot.com)

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    1. Your post was great! I really appreciate not being the only person I know who really lives for what she believes, and finding people like you is a great encouragement to me.
      :)

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  11. My youth group and I were planning on seeing this movie until that announcement came out. A lot of us, including me, thought the exact same thing as you did. So we substituted going to the theater with having a movie party. We had loads more fun and our souls weren't in danger.

    I will say that if they make Cap and Poe gay, I'll....do something, not sure what. Maybe go raid a vintage movie collection.

    Farm Lassie (Catherine)

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    1. That's really fun! We watched the new live action Cinderella at home, and it was totally worth it.

      Ha, that's a good idea. I'll probably do that, too. AUDREY HEPBURN!!! XD

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  12. Although we did end up watching it, I agree that it was not cool how they announced it. The actual scenes were very small and it would've gone over most peoples' heads, but they felt the need to make sure everyone was keeping an eye on it. So disappointing....

    -www.alittlesoutherngrace.com-

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    1. I know. I totally agree. So unnecessary.

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  13. Hello! (: this is a great post! Our family is not seeing the movie either. It's kinda sad, because we had been looking forward to it since the day we found out about it. It's nice when I see other Christian girls saying that they are not watching it either, thank you for writing this post!

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    1. Oh, thanks! I want to provide support to those who are not seeing it and let them know that I stand for the same thing they do :) It does feel kind of lonely. You're so welcome!

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  14. Good for you! I agree--once I heard about the gay scene I knew the movie was off-limits for my conscience's sake. I decided to not even watch the Peter Hollens cover of the song :-( because I felt like that, too, would be condoning/supporting the movie. It's too bad, but I think this kind of thing is only going to become more and more common in the media. And we Christians are going to have to decide where we stand. What DO you believe. This is when the rubber meets the road. Come on guys, are we willing to give up 2 hours of entertainment for the truth of God's Word?
    So thanks again! Thumbs up!

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    1. Thank you, paris! I'm glad you understand where I'm coming from.
      "Are we willing to give up two hours of entertainment for God's word?" Oh my, yes. I look at what our brothers and sisters around the world are suffering and the idea that we can't even make up our mind about this (little) thing is kind of saddening.

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  15. I agree with you totally.

    It would have been different (maybe...) if some people had called it gay without a reason, but the directors actually said "THIS IS GAY." That was a big no-no for us. As much as I love Beauty and the Beast, It would feel so wrong to watch it and "ignore" Disney's message.

    It's sad that Christians can think that they're ignoring it. But the more you ignore it, the more it seems okay - the more you accept it. And that's bad.

    I'm not trying to say that people that watch the movie aren't Christians. NOT AT ALL! But I just don't feel right about it.

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  16. Not sure if you'll see this now, but I agree with you 100%. I was mad that they would do this. While my family waits for movies to come to lovely Netflix or DVD, we know for sure we won't watch that one. It was hard to understand why so many Christians just ignored the fact that it was supposed to be this big gay thing when they claim to be all high and mighty. (Just to clarify, I am a Christian. Some of the Christians we know seem to like to act like they are better and completely holy and pure.)
    This post drew me to your blog so much. I think I told you I really liked it back on GTW. I'm PT, by the way. I'm using a different pen name now.
    I'm glad someone finally spoke the truth about this. Keep up the great work and keep fighting the good fight. :)

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    1. Thank you, Ivie B! I'm glad this post made you happy!

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  17. Hello, I saw your blog from the goteenwriters.com, and I'm admittedly stalking 😅 but when I saw this I had to stop and read the whole post. I know I am very late to the party. I think your blog is amazing and you've done a great job with it.
    Now back got the post. I totally agree with you and honestly didn't know there were many more Christians out there that had this opinion. My church has been speaking on homosexuality for a few Sundays and I can see a few people leaving because of it, because they don't want to hear the truth. That it isn't honoring to God. He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for it.
    This is the reason I didn't see the movie. Because they want to put us down on our beliefs. They say, "be true to who you are" but they don't let us Christian be just that. Because after all, being true to God is being true to ourselves.
    Anyway, I will stop my rant there.
    Great post!

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    1. Aww, well, thank you! I'm glad you liked this post! I spent a long time writing it/thinking about it, because it needs to be spoken out on, and I completely agree with you. :)

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  18. Such a well-thought-out post! I honestly hadn't even considered this aspect, but I'm glad you brought it up. It's definitely something to think carefully about before going to see movies of this sort.

    Thanks for having the courage to speak out. :)

    Alexa
    thessalexa.blogspot.com
    verbosityreviews.com

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    1. Thank you, Alexa. :) It's very important to think through this stuff. :)

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