Some folks have been calling this nonsense a controversy, so I said to myself “screw it, I’ll just ramble about it for a bit”.
Why does anyone care if LeFou is gay? I know Disney wants to pander to broader audiences to make more money, but frankly, I don’t understand why the demand is there in the first place (well, that’s not entirely true… I know a lot of people are entitled, identity politics-spewing, self-obsessed idiots who like taking advantage of the first amendment and trolling as many people as they possibly can with their stupidity). That may sound hypocritical considering I’m voicing a strong opinion, but the difference is I’m ACKNOWLEDGING that this is a mere opinion and I encourage those who disagree to come forward and voice their responses. Intellectual diversity is the only form of diversity that matters.
The origins of the story of Beauty and the Beast, which go back to the days of cave paintings, is really about understanding the three-dimensional nature of humanity. Villeneuve’s fairy tale specifically focuses on the idea that one who looks menacing may actually be kind at heart. In 1946, Jean Cocteau brought to contemporary culture the character of Avenant, who was the antithesis of the Beast – pretty at first glance but evil at heart. That love triangle was replicated in, among other works, the Disney version of the fairy tale in the form of Gaston.
Labeling the tale a story of acceptance is simply a shallow way to justify cheap corporate pandering.
One of my cardinal rules with regards to writing is NEVER PANDER TO ANYONE! WRITE WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND – IT WILL ALWAYS TURN OUT BETTER!
However, I do understand the importance of attracting viewers, which is why (among other things) I will be writing a sort-of-fluffy ChromxSumia oneshot in the near future. That does not mean I am going to modify my writing style to please others, but rather, I’m choosing a topic I know people like so as to please them.
But enough about me, lets talk about Marvel and DC!
New 52’s Green Lantern got his power from his gay fiancée’s ring. Earth 616’s Thor grew boobs and Captain America is now black. I disapprove of all three decisions (along with the other bullshit pandering going on) WITH A PASSION.
Understand this – I am not homophobic, misogynistic, or racist. I simply believe that changing existing characters to pander to minorities shows nothing but a lack of creativity. What’s wrong with inventing new characters? Or popularizing older ones? I heard about a lesser-known Marvel heroine called Misty Knight, who happened to be black and seemed like a pretty badass character (having a robotic arm made out of a metal that trumps Adamantium). Why not try to bring her back? And there are plenty of ideas out there that haven’t been written yet… why not start experimenting? You have the time and money!
CORPORATIONS ARE INFURIATING!
Though what’s worse is cable news. WHAT HAPPENED TO GIFTED INTELLECTUALS WRITING THEIR OWN MATERIAL EXPLAINING WHAT’S NEW! WHAT HAPPENED TO UNBIASED NEWS REPORTS DETAILING EVERYTHING THAT’S GOING ON! God, all that seem to be left are imbecilic pundits and blondes with more silicon and Botox than intellect.
Alright, enough ranting for now. Until next time, my friends!