Given my recent slight obsession with the new Beauty and The Beast remake, you can imagine my delight in discovering a Twitter bot that generates new and often hilarious versions of the chorus from “Gaston.” The bot, created by @mewo2 (or Martin O’Leary if you prefer his actual name), is programmed to tweet rhyming, syntactically similar choruses to the original song. Additionally, each tweet is accompanied by a short video of an automated voice singing the made up lyrics. It’s simple, genius, and effective, but it also makes a statement about the character of Gaston himself. Gaston’s villainy in Beauty and The Beast lies in the fact that he is so conceited and prideful that he cannot stand to be rejected or criticized. LeFou songs this song to boost Gaston’s wounded ego after Belle rejects him. The whole point of it is to convince Gaston that he is still the best- even by complimenting him on menial things like his ability to douse lights or his affinity for antlers. Adding new lyrics to the chorus just makes the song all the more ridiculous. For example:
These lyrics seem a little crazy, but just imagine the most egotistical person in the world and how much it would please them to hear that they are the best at literally anything. No matter how ridiculous it sounds, I am sure these lyrics would have been music to Gaston’s ears all the same. The same applies to every tweet generated by this bot.
Martin O’Leary has created a host of other Twitter bots along with many works of different Electronic Literature genres, all of which are compiled on his website. His bots include “Twitmas Carol,” which tweeted out the entirety of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, “Bottucket,” which generates Dadaist limericks, and “Emoji Atlas,” which tweets emoji representations of the maps tweeted by another bot, “Uncharted Atlas.”
As someone who is new to Twitter and Twitter bots as a whole, I find Martin O’Leary’s works to be entertaining and, in the case of Bot-ston, thought-provoking.
“No one blogs like Gaston/catches frogs like Gaston/in a logging match nobody logs like Gaston”