According to a top feminist journalist, standing outside someone’s window with a boombox and playing a love song is not romantic — it’s rape culture.
Liberal columnist and commentator Zerlina Maxwell said this iconic gesture is actually so terrifying that if it happened to her, she would think she “was on a real life episode of Criminal Minds, and call the police.”
“This is a guy who literally wakes his (now ex) girlfriend up in the middle of the night, stands outside of her window, and plays their song,” she wrote.
In the same piece, Maxwell also said it is “fairly obvious” that Beauty and the Beast is “at its heart, a textbook story of abuse,” and letting your kids watch is setting them up for a future of domestic violence.
Maxwell has been published in outlets ranging from the Washington Post to BET.com, and has appeared as a Democratic commentator on Fox News and MSNBC.
— Katherine Timpf is a reporter at National Review Online.