This isn’t intended to be political or controversial or even edgy… but after going to watch Beauty and the Beast with my “Beauty” (and yes that makes me the beast!), I just had to write something. Maybe you too have heard rumblings of controversy for Christians surrounding this Disney classic. Kelli and I talked a little about whether or not to go watch the movie. In the end, we had been looking forward enough to the movie that we decided we were going to go… and we did.
I’m sure some will disagree with our position (like I said, the goal isn’t meant to be political or controversial), but after seeing the movie, it feels a little embarrassing to admit that there was controversy. In fairness, I don’t think Christians started the controversy. I’m not sure if it was a PR ploy by Disney or just preparing people “in case”.
You can ask my kids, I hate when people who have seen a movie, give away anything… I mean anything, if I haven’t seen it! So I promise to not ruin the outing for you, in case you are planning to see it. But I am going to say, if you go, try to forget that you heard there is a “gay moment” in the movie. Because if you don’t, you’ll spend the whole movie asking, “Was that it?”… “Wait, was that it?”.
In the end, from this father’s perspective, the movie was amazing. In my opinion, if a parent were watching Beauty and the Beast with young children, the parent would have the ability to:
- Not say anything – nothing happens, that looks remarkably different from cartoons that have been shown for decades.
- Use it to have a discussion about the LGBTQ issue – whether you agree with them or not, Disney was intentional enough with their handling of the topic to create the ability to ask your kids some simple but helpful questions.
- Use it to reinforce your own worldview on the LGBTQ issue – We believe parents are the first and best disciplers of their own children. Beauty and the Beast leaves plenty of room and options for each parent to have a healthy discussion with their child.
But here are three reasons why I’m going to take my own kids to see the movie and why I would take them even if they were younger (my kids are middle school and high school).
- This is no small movie – in other words, all of their friends and classmates will have seen the movie. If my child is going to have questions, I want them directed at me.
- This is not a topic that is going to go away (nor should it) – the movie is a good launching pad for healthy conversation.
- The movie is so well done and fun to watch – look, at the end of the day, I’m going to a movie to be entertained. Regardless of any of the arguments above, if the movie isn’t any good, I’m probably not going to go watch.
Remember, I’m not saying you need to go watch the movie. In fact, I can make a good argument against going to any Disney movie, based on a Christian worldview. What I am saying is, if you want to see a fantastic movie that also speaks of the character qualities of courage, humility, kindness, inner beauty, family, friendship, and more, then you might want to consider going to see Beauty and the Beast. And if you want to spark some interesting conversation with your children, you should consider taking your children along as well… that’s what we’re going to do.
Now it’s your turn. Have you watched the movie? Are you going to? Are you going to take your kids? I’d love to see some healthy and FRIENDLY conversation about this.