The Onion Reviews “Beauty And The Beast,” A Movie About Gay Bears

"[Belle is] an obvious metaphor for a conventional gay man of the era, depicted as a woman by Disney."

The Onion’s movie critic Peter K. Rosenthal looks back at Beauty and the Beast, the tale of a self-loathing gay bear who learned to embrace his deserving place in the LGBT community, in the latest installment of Film Standard.

Beauty and the Beast [is] an enchanting animated feature that served as a milestone in the homosexual community for its empowering depiction of the subculture of larger, hairier gay men, known as bears,” said Rosenthal.

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The movie apparently tells the story of “an isolated gay man” whose own body issues keeps him “alienated from the larger LGBT community.”

“All of this changes,” he Rosenthal, when the Beast meets Belle, “an obvious metaphor for a conventional gay man of the era, depicted as a woman by Disney.”

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The movie, according to Rosenthal, is iconic because “it sent the message that you don’t have to be a skinny show queen like Lumière or a muscular daddy like Gaston to be a part of the homosexual community—you can just be yourself.”

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