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How opportune that Disney’s live action Beauty and The Beast is being released so close to International Women’s Day and Emma Watson’s meteoric rise as a spokeswoman for women’s rights. It’s a perfect storm of current events to give us all a chance to discuss the “F” word. Feminism. In some circles this has become a despicable term. In others it’s a common sense title that should apply to all of us. I won’t lie to you, I subscribe to the latter group. But I also believe Belle, the smart and savvy heroine of the upcoming Disney film would as well.
You see, I recognize a lot of my own daughters in Belle. They love to read, they love to play dress up, and they have big dreams. They may not be in love with a buffalo, but I imagine someday they may find a handsome someone to do life with. I simply happen to believe that my daughters, and any Disney princess for that matter, can be all these things AND a feminist. I don’t see this as an either/or situation.
We have to give our definition of feminism some wiggle room. Gender equality has to mean men AND women can stay home with the children. Men AND women can be Fortune 500 CEOs. Men AND women can walk down the street without fear of catcalling. If we allow the “F” word to apply to ALL people, then no one is left out. It’s about the choice. Feminism just wants to give the same opportunities to men and women, across the globe. No biggie, right? 😉
So don’t be afraid of feminism. Don’t think that it doesn’t apply to you. It applies to everyone, including Belle. The movie will be beautiful, and her dress will sparkle, but pay attention to her heart. Her fierce appetite for books, and a life beyond what she knows. She wants to be extraordinary and that’s all I want for my girls as well.
P.S. Ok, ok, now that you’ve listened to me ramble on, who wants to win some tickets?! You and a friend can win passes to the VIP Pre-Screening of Beauty and the Beast in San Antonio before it’s even released to the public! Find the details below, and good luck!
SAN ANTONIO PRE-SCREENING
Tuesday, March 14
Regal Cielo Vista Stadium 18
2828 Cinema Ridge, San Antonio, TX 78238
ABOUT THE FILM
The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film “Beauty and the Beast,” the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a. with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.
Enter to win 1 of 25 “Admit 2” passes to Disney’s pre-screening of the movie on March 14th!