Gaston and the Beast

Whether it be because of the addition of the new gay character, or because of the outspoken lead or, you’re like me, and just can’t wait to hear your favorite Disney songs get an update, we can all agree that everyone is all abuzz about the recent adaptation of the age-old Disney fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. The last time I remember seeing Beauty and the Beast I was probably around 7 years old and immediately decided that I’d be Belle for Halloween the following year. Now that I’m 22 there are things I’ve noticed about the fairy tale that I hadn’t before, specifically about the, larger than life, villain. The villain of this particular fairy tale is a bit different from all the others. Gaston, unlike most villains, is strong and handsome, and trust me he lets you know it. What I have realized from being a 22-year-old woman, who has definitely dated some Gaston’s in the past is, there is no doubt in my mind, that Gaston is for sure overcompensating for something, if you know what I mean. There’s no wonder that Gaston would feel threatened by a guy referred to as “the Beast.”    

Gaston is in complete contrast with the Beast, who could be considered grotesque looking. The Beast, however, has a caring and attractive personality, while Gaston can be described as quite the opposite. Gaston is characterized as a narcissistic, bully, who believes he can win over Belle’s heart with his display of hyper-masculinity. Gaston, whose ego is as large as his muscles, boasts about his ability to hunt, drink, spit, and fight. His ego may be large, but it’s also incredibly fragile. Gaston’s need to overcompensate is especially represented in his title song “Gaston.” The song is basically him and all the townspeople stroking his “ego” after he gets rejected by Belle in front of everyone. The lyrics are so ridiculously related to Gaston’s need to overcompensate. Obviously someone who needs to constantly remind everyone of just how manly he is, is probably not packing a lot of “man downstairs,” if you catch my drift. Gaston sings, “As you see I’ve got biceps to spare… And every last inch of me’s covered in hair.” We get it you’re a big hairy man, but bronze and good looks can only get you so far. And if we know anything, a guy who brags about having big guns is probably trying to make up for something that isn’t very big at all.

I can’t help but be reminded of someone, after really diving into the characteristics of Gaston. Someone who, like Gaston, has a fragile ego, is incredibly narcissistic and feels the need to prove himself through bullying and misogynistic undertones. Someone who must constantly remind everyone that his hands are indeed not small and is repeatedly assuring the public that “there’s no problem” with another part of his anatomy. If you haven’t guessed by now who I’m talking about, I’ll fill you in. The 45th president of the United States is sadly an egomaniac who feels threatened by every single bad comment he reads about himself. Gaston, the, “most handsome,” guy in town, who has every eligible bachelorette fawning over him, feels emasculated when one woman rejects him. Maybe it was because Gaston was “moving on her like a bitch” as the President would say. The similarities between the two are uncanny and incredibly sad because you don’t really want your president to resemble an evil villain.       

Gaston is a particularly fascinating villain because he definitely stands the test of time. Gastons, whether you refer to them as fuccbois or douche bags or NRA members or even Mr. President, continue to exist in our society. Gaston creates an image of everything wrong with egotistical hyper-masculine maniacs. Obviously overcompensating, Gaston brags on and on about his big muscles, big chin, big neck, and all together big stature. It’s increasingly obvious what he’s hiding, I don’t think I have to say it.            

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