- I don’t support Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. I am not going to tell you who to vote for or argue you should vote for either. It isn’t my place and let’s be honest you wouldn’t listen to me anyway.
She hit me with it out of the blue. It was during dinner and my 4-year-old, who to this point has shown little interest in the world outside of Mickey Mouse’s Club House, hit me with the question. “Daddy, what’s a Donald Trump?” I was taken aback. What was a Donald Trump, and how do I explain this so that a 4-year-old will understand?
It was then that it hit me. I know who he was. I had seen Trump before. He was in one of the kid’s movies. I turned to my daughter, “Do you remember the movie we saw the other day? Beauty and the Beast?” Donald Trump is a lot like Gaston and he wants to be President.” She looked at me confused. “Gaston wants to be president?” She asked. “But he’s the bad guy”. “I know” I responded. “Let me explain”.
In Beauty and the Beast, Gaston is presented as a bit of a joke in the beginning, much like Trump early in his campaign. Like the former reality star that became the republican nominee, Gaston is popular and outspoken. Most importantly no-one in the film is as impressed with Gaston as Gaston. This oversized ego would go on to be his defining trait. One that he shares with The Donald. He is portrayed as dim, someone not taken seriously. Again similar to the Donald early in his campaign. He is a footnote, not to be confused with the characters, or in Trump’s case, the candidates that matter.
Until that is, that Gaston begins to matter a lot. When Belle returns with news of the beast, He acts. seizing upon the moment, ignoring Belle’s claims of the Beast being gentle and kind, he rallies a mob to destroy the Beast. Now we know that none of the lies he is telling about the beast are factual, but the mob who have never been hurt by this reclusive monster now, Thanks to Gaston, believe he is a threat. A threat only Gaston can save them from.
Again this echo’s trump wanting to “Make America Great Again” as he endeavors to save us from things that we weren’t really that worried about only a few months ago. Much of his campaign has worked to fire Americans up about issues that really aren’t a big deal, using “facts” that have repeatedly been proven to be untrue, or incomplete.
In the big final battle, many of Gaston’s followers abandon the fight as they are turned away by magical furniture of the Beast’s home. Again we can see this in the real world as Trump hemorrhages followers with each controversy and hate-filled remark.
In the end of the movie, Gaston is revealed to be a coward he refuses the offer of mercy and refuses to accept defeat. His ego won’t let him. He pushes on and falls to his presumed death after a last-ditch dirty attempt to win. I don’t think a loss in this election will kill Trump. But it wouldn’t surprise me to have his ego not let him accept defeat and somehow make himself look worse as he blames others for this failing.
I’m sure you’re wondering, is Hillary a villain too? Probably. If you can match her to one of the many classic Disney villains leave a note in the comments below. I would love to see who you think she is.