Disney’s wholeheartedly embraced the “gay agenda,” haven’t you heard?
A Mormon grandmother has whipped the blogosphere into a frenzy with her denouncement of new Disney musical Frozen as homosexual propaganda corrupting our youth, whilst on the other side of the aisle queer Disney fans are praising the animated movie as a triumph for gay representation in cinema.
Except, either way, this really isn’t the case.
Self-described “well-behaved Mormon woman” Kathryn Skaggs argues that the film’s message of tolerance, exemplified by the Oscar-nominated song “Let It Go”, is designed to advance “the homosexual agenda” (it’s worth noting other Mormons have spoken out strongly against Skaggs’ claims).
Meanwhile Tumblr user fandomsandfeminism, in a post that has garnered more than 10,000 notes, takes that same basic premise in the opposite direction: That Queen Elsa’s story arch, utterly devoid of love interests, is one transitioning from repression and self-loathing all the way to “self-acceptance… and self-celebration” () - the same path that LGBTQ youths walk every day. She’s clear this is an interpretation rather than canonical, but nonetheless for for her reading Elsa’s struggle “as a queer struggle… adds a level of depth to an already lovely film”. Meanwhile, Gina Luttrell on PolicyMic praises Frozen as “the most progressive Disney movie ever.”
It’s time for a reality check. 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.