“residents of the Beast’s castle are being punished”
Give progressives long enough and they can find fault in anything.
Campus Reform reports:
Prof bemoans ‘toxic masculine capitalism’ in Disney film
A professor at Florida International University recently argued that the Disney film Beauty and the Beast is rife with “toxic masculinity.”
Bryant Sculos, who teaches politics at Florida International University, argues in an academic journal article that Gaston and the Beast, the two male protagonists of the story, are emblematic of “toxic masculinity” in both the 1991 animated version of the film and the 2017 live-action remake, albeit in different ways.
“The beauty of the 1991 Beauty and the Beast is that it taught young boys that sometimes the sensitive, intellectual guy could ‘win’ the heart of the beautiful woman,” Sculos notes, later adding that “the portrayals of toxic masculinity in the original animated feature and the more recent live-action remake are quite similar—with one categorical exception: the role of others in the (re)production of that toxic masculinity.”
Whereas the animated film offers few insights into why the other residents of the Beast’s castle are being punished, he explains, the remake clarifies that “they were complicit in his creation,” showing that all of the characters were “responsible for the violent, close-minded toxic masculinity that nearly destroyed their small community.”
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