Did you hear the fantastic news about Hermione Granger? Seriously, it makes for one perfect Monday. Emma Watson is playing Belle in Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast. Can you think of a better casting choice? Yeah, me neither. Now that we'll finally get to see Watson as one of the best Disney princesses ever (at least in my opinion), that means we'll also watch her in action as she tells of the anti-feminist Gaston.
Now, don't get me wrong, I love visiting Disney World to see Gaston in person and how he interacts with guests, because, it's amazing. With that said, the movie Gaston also doesn't treat women nicely and is stuck on the idea that women belong as housewives making their husbands sandwiches, all while cleaning the house. Yeah, not cool, Gaston. Not cool.
Enter Belle and Watson, who don't agree with any of that. They both stand up for themselves and women. They also aren't afraid to tell Gaston to go "shove it where the sun don't shine." So, let's have some fun by wondering how Watson would react if she ever met Gaston. Using words from Watson's past speeches and interviews, here's how she would probably respond to Gaston in the film and in real life, because, yeah, she's just that perfect.
1. Gaston: "It's not right for a woman to read. Soon she starts getting ideas, and thinking..."
Emma: "The saddest thing for a girl to do is to dumb herself down for a guy."
2. Gaston: "Here, picture this: A rustic hunting lodge, my latest kill roasting on the fire, and my little wife massaging my feet, while the little ones play on the floor with the dogs. We'll have six or seven."
Emma: "I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself."
3. Gaston: "It's over, Beast! Belle is mine!"
Emma: "I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men."
4. Gaston: "No one says 'no' to Gaston!"
Emma: “You know, I feel like young girls are told that they have to be this kind of princess and be all delicate and fragile, and it’s bulls--t. I identified much more with the idea of being a warrior, and being a fighter… I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave, and I think that’s something they’ve got to embrace."
5. Gaston: "I've got my heart set on marrying Belle but she needs a little... persuasion."
Emma: "I like men with quick wit, good conversation, and a great sense of humor. I love banter. I want a man to like me for me — I want him to be authentic."
Yep, no doubt she'll be amazing as Belle.
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