The Point: Beauty and the Beast Blockbuster

It doesn’t have to be loud to be important. For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Beauty and the Beast opened last weekend with a $170M take in North America, despite getting less than the raving reviews that Disney’s previous real-life remakes, like Jungle Book and Cinderella, received.

But Disney is using the film to make a lot of money, and do a lot of self-back-patting given the over-the-top coverage of the film’s so-called “gay moment.”

Some Christians have called for a boycott, while others are downplaying the scene as a “blink and you’ll miss it” moment. It’s a mistake, however, to measure the scene’s importance by how long or how “in-your-face” it is.

You see, the power of cultural moments is not in how loud they are, but in how normal they seem. So whether you choose to see the film or not, do not let moments like this pass with your kids without pointing out the subtle messages of the moments, and how these messages are communicated to us. This exercise will cultivate discernment, something that all of us need more and more of as Christians in this culture every single day.

 


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  • Terry L Brown

    This is what I have been saying. Whether the homosexual moment lasts 1 second or 4 seconds or is hardly noticeable is irrelevant. The seed of sexual perversion is planted, even if it’s “just” subconsciously. And we would do well to remember that all sin begins in the mind.

    Also, it is irrelevant if this version of Beauty and the Beast is a visual feast as one movie reviewer pointed out. Satan can and does provide visual feasts when it serves his purpose as Eve discovered when she “saw that the tree was good…” (Genesis 3:6 ESV) leading her to eat, to take within her being, food that poisoned her body, soul, and spirit, leading to death.

    Please note Eve was not drawn to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil because she saw evil, though it was there, but rather because she saw good – a feast for the eyes. And this epitomizes the tactic Satan uses with the pro homosexual message in this version of Beauty and the Beast. It is the beauty, the good, that Satan is drawing attention to and hiding the evil that it contains by mocking those who warn of it. (“God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God…” (Genesis 3:6 ESV)).

    This version of Beauty and the Beast serves Satan’s purpose for mankind to see the good of this “tree” and overlook the evil. And Satan smiles as each person pays for the privilege of being poisoned.

  • Diane Singer

    I saw the film yesterday and, yes, the “gay moment” was so quick that I hardly noticed it at all (and then had to wonder what all the fuss was about). However, I would ask one question of parents who don’t want their children to see this “blink and you will miss it” moment: How are you going to censor your child’s entire life? They are seeing worse on television (even in commericals), on the cover of magazines at the bookstore, in the books they are required to read for school, and even strolling down the street where they may see a gay couple walking hand in hand. Our job as Christian parents and grandparents is not to create “hot house flowers” who can’t cope in the real world: it’s to equip them to deal with the world in all its beauty and ugliness, its virtue and sinfulness, etc. Yes, I believe in doing what I can to limit the sin and evil YOUNG children are exposed to; but in the long run, you will better prepare your children to be “salt and light” if you teach them Truth balanced by love and compassion for other people who, like themselves, are sinners in need of grace.