Disney's Frozen and the 'gay agenda'

Actress Bailee Madison blows a kiss at the 19 November, 2013, premier party for the film Frozen. Is there a lesbian subtext to the Disney movie Frozen?

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Does "letting go" mean coming out?

To Kevin Swanson, a pastor and host of a right-wing Christian-themed radio show, it does. Swanson slammed Disney's award-winning animated film Frozen, calling it the work of the devil.

"Friends, this is evil, just evil," he said. Swanson contends the film indoctrinates young women to be lesbians and convinces people that homosexuality and bestiality are acceptable in society.

While Swanson doesn't specifically cite what parts of the film he sees as promoting homosexuality, others have drawn parallels between the kingdom's rejection of the magical powers of one of the main characters, Elsa, and society's rejection of homosexuality.

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The words to Let it Go are clearly not Christian-values friendly, by any stretch of the imagination, when understood and heard”

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Many equate film's most recognisable song, Let it Go, with the experience of coming out and accepting one's sexual orientation.

"Disney has a long history of fielding accusations of using its children's movies to advance one liberal agenda or another - whether it's gay rights, environmentalism or socialism," writes the Daily Beast's Caitlin Dickson.

"However, there seems to be something about Frozen that has attracted more than the usual amount of controversy for a kids' cartoon."

Kathryn Skaggs, a Mormon blogger, identifies what she sees as the film's attempt to normalise homosexuality.

She writes:

When mainstream society comes to the point where it celebrates that which is contrary to the commandments, taught in a movie presumably made for children, by awarding it the highest accolades within its culture, and good parents don't perceive it, but rather endorse it unwittingly, we are in serious trouble.

She targets much of her fire on Let It Go, which she says hides a "subversive" message beneath a catchy tune:

The words to Let it Go are clearly not Christian-values friendly, by any stretch of the imagination, when understood and heard. This is not an innocent song, with a catchy tune. It is rebellious. It mocks moral absolutes. It is careless. It is unaccountable. It is anti-obedience. It is regardless. It is selfish. And if you still disagree, then by all means, feel free to show me how I've misinterpreted the lyrics.

Mark Saal, another Mormon blogger, disagrees with Skaggs' comments.

Lyrics from Let it Go

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight, not a footprint to be seen.

A kingdom of isolation and it looks like I'm the queen.

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside.

Couldn't keep it in, Heaven knows I tried.

Don't let them in, don't let them see. Be the good girl you always have to be.

Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know.

Well, now they know!

"Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar," he says. If you look hard enough, he says, you can find a hidden homosexual agenda in almost any song, movie or any other work of art.

Meanwhile, some members and allies to the LGBT community are claiming Elsa as their own.

Ryan C Robert, writing for Qodda, argues that the film has given LGBT youth a character with which to empathise. He says the movie portrays unconditional sisterly love, and many LGBT kids need to understand that people will love them regardless of what happens.

"Disney's Frozen may not have intended for one of the main characters, Elsa, to have a story that is such an easy parallel to the world of growing up in the closet, but it happened," he writes. "It happened, and now we're gonna celebrate."

There isn't consensus in the LGBT community as to what the movie means, however.

"It's time for a reality check," writes the Daily Dot's Rob Price. "I don't wish to dismiss anyone's interpretation, or tell someone they're watching a film 'the wrong way' - but for me at least, these claims just don't add up."

While he says he would love Frozen to be a movie about coming out, it's not, he says. Frozen is a timid step in the right direction, but still sticks to plenty of societal standards.

"Praising the film studio for the meagre animated scraps they're currently throwing to the LGBTQ community will only breed complacency on their part; it's about time they 'let it go' and come out the celluloid closet for good," he says.

It seems like just about everyone wants a piece of Elsa. Perhaps the best thing to do is to act like the movie's lovable snowman, Olaf, and go looking for some warm hugs until the storm blows over.

(By Kierran Petersen)


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    Comment number 127.

    I'll tell you what has gone Mickey Mouse, the BBC HYS comments pages. They've had the Gremlins forever now. No point complaining though, they're a load of Muppets and seemingly couldn't give a Donald Duck.

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    Comment number 126.

    1) I agree with Saal, if you look close enough, you can find a "hidden meaning" in anything, even if there is none.
    2) Bashing on a children's movie? Seriously, how much more pathetic can you get?
    3) Because somebody promoting gay pride is such a new thing. Nobody's ever done that before.

    Seriously guys, there are a lot better things to be angry about.

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    Comment number 125.

    “Work of the Devil”?

    Clearly some people just seem to see SEX - yes, SEX in everything. One wonders if there is something psychologically wrong with the way some of these people obsess about gays, lesbians and SEX.

    I’m sure that this animation was created just to cater to the strange SEXUAL urges of these people.

    Could Disney really be bothered - I doubt it.

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    Comment number 124.

    The movie is based on the Snow Queen, one of the most pro-Christian fairy tales ever written. Perhaps that's why the reaction of certain churches is so strong. On the other hand, maybe it's another hoax from "The Onion".

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    Comment number 123.

    Geeesh, people...GET A LIFE!

    It's a cartoon...nothing more. No hidden agendas, political statements or anything else. If you have to tear up a children's cartoon to satisfy your desire to attack people, you are seriously in need of pychological help!

    As for the venomous statements of the zealots in the article, keep in mind that they are exactly that...ZEALOTS!


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