In Defense of Gaston

In light of the recent buzz of the “Beauty and the Beast” live action remake that’s on our doorstep, a thought that’s been swirling around in my head for years emerged in a concrete way. The ‘true villain’ of the film, really doesn’t deserve his mantle. He is, of course, completely conceited, the very picture of vanity, and rather ruthless as seen in the final act. In accepting this, I also ask if Gaston had been provided with the same conditions as Adam/The Beast how are we certain he too couldn’t be ‘changed’?



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