Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bad Message

In my opinion, Beauty and the Beast has a lot to answer for in making generations of little girls think if they're just nice enough, they can tame the beast.

I realise this wasn't the moral of the story, but the message is still clear.
If you're just nice and patient enough, the kind man will emerge from the gruff, cold, mean exterior.

Reality tells a different story.

While there are always exceptions, just as, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, means it's probably a duck, if he's mean, angry and violent, no matter who you are, you're not going to save him.
That's who he is.

The real message of the movie though is to look beyond the exterior and we'd all do well to do that, but at the same time, you can't assume that an ugly exterior means a pretty inside, or a pretty exterior means an ugly inside.

We are who we are. Not perfect, all affected by our life experiences.

Bottom line, don't make assumptions about people based on their exterior, and don't make excuses for bad behaviour and give people the respect you'd want for yourself.