When I signed up to write monthly blog posts, I thought it was the easiest assignment I’d ever taken on. I would be able to look at my screen, fill a blank canvas with words and ideas, and hopefully inspire myself a bit in the process. Then, I got real with myself – and this blog post helped. I spend way too much time talking about myself, without even realizing it. I also spend way too much time trying to be different people to please anyone and everyone, and I spent way too much time thinking I was a victim without the opportunity to be better. I say spent because the latter has changed drastically, I’m working on the others.
So this blog post – and many others – won’t be about me at all. Or at least, they won’t be all about me. I do, however, have to say, that the point of this one is a reaction to another woman’s blog post that I read and was floored by. I try to let people live their lives, have their own opinions and beliefs, and not say a thing about it. I try to treat others how I want to be treated, but there are some things I can’t be quiet about.
If I never hear the words ‘gay agenda’ again, it’ll be too soon.
If I never have to read another post on how people are boycotting Disney and Beauty and the Beast because of a gay character, it’ll ALSO be too soon.
LeFou, in Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast, goes between wanting to be Gaston and possibly having feelings for the man. It’s a situation that he doesn’t even understand fully. LeFou, in the live-action Beauty and the Beast film, will share a dance with a man at the end of the film – making him the first openly gay character in a Disney film, and people have absolutely lost it.
There are theaters refusing to show the film, parents writing posts on Facebook and other forms of social media preaching religion and God while refusing to accept the soul of anyone who identifies on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. There are people who are making it their mission to ‘change Disney’ back to a wholesome, all inclusive, straight/heterosexual family’s paradise. Funny thing is, LeFou isn’t the first character who has been speculated to be an LGBTQ+ character, he’s just the first one who will do something that openly reflects it.
Today, a friend shared a blog post on her timeline and it made me cringe a little bit. I have made it my new personal mission to NOT attack people on social media. I never meant to, but I am guilty of having done it, because they disagreed with me or because they were mean to me first or for whatever excuses I found. I’ve stopped doing it, I’ve stopped talking about people altogether, I simply let people live, however, this one brought out a side of me that felt obligated to say something. It brought out the mother in me and made me feel very sad for two children who will now miss out on the vacation I wish I could afford for my own child.
Disney isn’t just aiming their efforts towards parent’s of Disney-aged children anymore. They are pointing a desperate finger at the innocence of our youth. Disney is targeting our youth like they’re aiming at big game on a corporate hunting trip. They are banking on corrupting the purity of a child’s mind for the 1%. They are no longer making watching a choice, but by forcing it to become mainstream, Disney is telling the conservative family, the Christian public, that they’re views hold no worth. In jest, they’re subtly encouraging you to conform your ways.
The hypocrisy isn’t lost on me. She says that they’re pointing a desperate finger at the innocence of our youth as she points a judgmental finger at the heart and soul of both youth and adults. She says Disney is targeting our youth like they’re a big game on a corporate hunting trip while – in lesser words – claiming that anyone who identifies in the LGBTQ+ community wants to target and corrupt youth. She’s saying that the Christian public is being told that their views hold no worth while she’s telling an entire group of people that theirs hold no value.
But she’s the one who is offended. Right….
Now, don’t fret Disney, this woman will reconsider her trip if you reconsider your stance on accepting the LGBTQ+ community as humans. So, she wants you to change your values to suit hers. She also says that we should just let our children be children and NOT include them in our efforts to be politically correct. She says this after she writes – at the beginning of her blog – that her child is sad because she revoked her trip to Disney. Again, the hypocrisy isn’t lost on me.
This statement sits at the bottom of this woman’s blog.
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A little ironic, she will block rude comments but spend an entire article demeaning people without a second thought.
This woman isn’t the only one writing blog posts like these, she’s not the only one who is making comments like these, in fact, I live in the ‘bible belt’ – I’m surrounded by people who feel this way.
I find it ironic that people who claim to spread the word of God lace that word with hate and disdain. I don’t mean to belittle this woman, even though that’s probably what this sounds like. I just, I had to say something – anything at all – because I’m sick. I’m sad and I’m sick and I worry about being a mother and raising a son in this world where people are so discriminative. I’m sick of the double standard and the hypocrisy, and I’m sick of people pretending that using religion to hate will somehow make it okay.
I would give anything to take my son to Disney World this year, I wish this mother was more worried about the joy of her children than the close-mindedness in her own heart. I wish people would accept that at the end of the day, we’re all humans, we have the same organs under the same bones under the same skin and we’re all just trying to make it through this life.