I’ve never managed to see Frozen, the one time I tried to watch it my laptop insisted that I watch a rather good 2010 survival horror film of the same name instead.
However, it must have done something right- it it the highest grossing animated film of all time after all.
And now, inevitably it’s getting a sequel which is due to be released in 2018 and there’s a campaign to make the lead character Elsa come out as gay and acquire a girlfriend.
Now I’m going to sidestep the potential Elsa is a strong independent woman and therefore must be a lesbian debate.’ Much as i’m going to sidestep that Frozen to make has always looked like a bit of an X-Men rip-off to me. Instead i’m going to focus on LGBT representation in Disney products.
Because there isn’t any.
Not in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Marvel is owned by Disney)
Nor in the Star Wars universe (Ditto)
Nor (as far as I am aware) in any of the millions of films Disney has released, stretching all the way back to Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
And that’s ridiculous.
I understand that to make Elsa (or indeed any other character) gay would cause some controversy, but we live in a world in which Zootopia was released and if Disney can released something as ‘adult’ as that, how can making a character gay hurt?
Indeed, the people that would be upset about this ‘revelation’ have already tried to make this controversial and failed completely. And I honestly feel that it wouldn’t affect ticket sales in a negative fashion. Most people have gay friends/family and the world hasn’t ended. And it would be good for children struggling with their sexuality and feeling isolated to know that they are not alone and that there are other people out there like them.
Because now that I think about it, I really can’t think of any gay characters in films or TV aged at children.