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Reading Makes You Weird
Contrary to what some people may think, intelligence and the love of reading are very awesome traits to have. But according to Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ enjoying a good book makes you the town lunatic.
Just listen to how the townspeople describe poor Belle, whose only crime was her love of literature. They call her:
- Dazed and distracted
- Rather odd
- Different from the rest of us
- A beauty, but a funny girl
We get it, Disney! You think bookworms are weirdos. Click through to see some more of the terrible life lessons taught by Disney movies!
Old and Fat People Are Evil
This just in: Disney hates the elderly, and they also hate people who are overweight. How can you tell? Just look at their movies and how they treat their old and/or overweight characters! Hint: they’re overwhelmingly either stupid, naive, cruel, or downright evil. For your consideration:
- The Sultan in ‘Aladdin’: overweight and air-headed
- Chien-Po in ‘Mulan’: overweight, dimwitted and obsessed with food
- Cruella de Vil in ‘One Hundred and One Dalmations’: old and pure evil
Ursula is a glaring example. She’s old and overweight, so she has to be the villain. Or maybe she’s old and overweight because she’s a villain? Even with the powers of the magic shell and Ariel’s voice, she still felt the need to make herself look conventionally “hot” in order to con Prince Eric into marrying her. He was under a magic spell! Why did it matter how she looked? Talk about sending a clear message!
Calling People Names Is Cool
We’ve all seen ‘Toy Story,’ and we all agree that it’s one of the greatest and most entertaining animated films of all time. But it does teach one unfortunate message to kids: it’s okay to call people names.
If a child wasn’t already familiar with the word “idiot” before seeing the film, he or she sure is afterward! It is used multiple times throughout the film while Woody and Buzz are bickering with one another.
If Woody can call Buzz mean names, why can’t we?
If You’re Ugly, You’ll Be Alone Forever
Quasimodo may have been the perfect guy for Esmeralda, but did he ever really stand a chance of making a romantic connection with such a beautiful woman? Of course not! After all, he’s ugly. He’s destined to die alone.
If you want to land the guy or girl of your dreams, you have to be physically flawless! This lesson is made clear in basically every single animated Disney movie, but it’s particularly clear when Ursula describes her helpful magical abilities in ‘The Little Mermaid.’
Showing images of an overweight woman and a scrawny, wimpy man, she explains to Ariel how she “helped them” find love by changing them into more appropriate thin and muscular forms.
If Your Parents Discipline You, Run Away
If there is one thing that can be said about Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid,’ it’s this: she was a spoiled little brat. Her father had her best interests at heart, and wanted to keep her safe from the dangerous world above. But did she listen? No. And when he disciplined her for breaking his rules, she decided to run away from home.
How many children were influenced to run away from their parents’ care after watching Ariel do it? Sure, she hit some pretty hard obstacles along the way, but in the end her father ended up apologizing to her. She lived happily ever after, all thanks to running away from home. The same happened for Jasmine, who ran away from the Sultan.
Not the greatest lessons for little kids, Disney.