A Beauty and the Beast prequel is officially in the works at Disney+.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series — helmed by Once Upon a Time creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz — will be a "six-episode musical event" following the lives of Gaston and LeFou.
Luke Evans and Josh Gad, who portrayed the characters in Disney's 2017 BATB live-action film, are both set to reprise their roles in the series.
Of course, some fans are definitely excited about the news.
However, others are decidedly NOT.
Some noted that of all the villains to get an origin story, Gaston is the least interesting.
Moreover, he is straight-up problematic AF.
People can't believe that shows like Love, Victor and Lizzie McGuire were removed from the streaming platform (or halted indefinitely) for not being "family-friendly," when Gaston is misogynistic, manipulative, and the very picture of toxic masculinity.
To refresh your memory, Gaston actually tells Belle that "it's not right for a woman to read" because she'll start "getting ideas, and thinking."
He also tries to take away Belle's free will, planning a wedding for them before he's even proposed and insisting that, were they to marry, they'd *obviously* have six or seven "strapping boys like [him]."
Not to mention he bribes someone to lock her father away in an asylum if she doesn't marry him, creates a mob to go after Beast once he's rejected, and tries to kill him!!
Yes, I get it, he's a villain. He's supposed to be bad, blah blah blah. But, do we really need more stories about a man who exemplifies real-life, everyday villains women deal with to this day?
IDK fam, idk. How do you feel about this upcoming Beauty and the Beast prequel? Tell us in the comments!