“Beauty and The Beast” Feminism

The live action remake of Beauty and the Beast was a brilliant new take on the old Disney cartoon. It brought back all the glorious memories that come with the old version but creates its own story along the way. One point of controversy were the changes that Emma Watson (who played Belle) made to the character that differed from the original in an attempt to make the character more feminist and independent. She started by changing the shoes that Belle wore from the blue slippers to boots that apparently show she is more accustomed to work, also she insisted that Belle be shown working and inventing something just like her father. To me these don’t really add to Belle’s feminism, I felt that even Belle from the cartoon was very independent and intelligent and even helped her father when he couldn’t figure out his own invention. So while Emma’s attempts were nice, they didn’t do much to change the perception of Belle already.

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