Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Frozen dilemma

I just read an interesting blog, written by a grandmother who is obviously a member in good standing in the Mormon Church.  It is even called “A Well Behaved Mormon Woman”.  In this blog she takes on the subject of what she considers to be the blatant yet subliminal pro-homosexual and same-sex marriage message by the Disney company in their new and highly popular film, “Frozen”.  She spends most of her blog citing her response to the film, or how many times she’s seen it, or what bothered her about the message that she feels is meant to corrupt and indoctrinate today’s youth on the gay rights agenda.  She expresses her concern about how this can lead to our society’s acceptance of same sex marriage, which she feels is wrong.   She spends a great deal of time preaching the LDS doctrine of traditional marriage, and finally, at the end, begins to cite examples from the film of what she feels are attempts by Disney to subliminally advocate the homosexual agenda.  I wish to cite a few quotes from her blog to show you her logic:

As Elsa’s power increases, her parents’ urge her to learn how to control it, as it would be perceived as evil to others, but Elsa can't; it's impossible. Her parents' make the decision to close the castle to the public, and lock Elsa in her room so that her power won’t be discovered. Not even her sister is allowed to see and play with Elsa: demonetization of homosexuals by society.

Elsa is devastatingly lonely and depressed being forced to live a life of isolation, believing her powers to be evil. Her sister, kept from the truth, and affected by the inflicted secrecy also becomes victim to the dysfunction of her family and experiences equal isolation and confusion: not "coming out" and being who you are meant to be (acting on the power) is harmful to the person, family and society.

And finally, one other example:

The parents are killed in an accident while traveling abroad (expendable and best out of the way for progression - represent authority), which means that Elsa must take her rightful position among her people, as queen. (Right to be queen: make what you want out of this one.) To do so, she faces great fear in going out publicly for her coronation, worrying that her powers might show because she has no control over them: rejects the ability of those with same-gender attraction to control behavior. 

I would suggest you read the balance of the author’s blog to fully understand her argument, and see all of the sequences of the movie that she suggests are Disney’s attempt to introduce children to the “homosexual agenda”.  But here are my thoughts.

To make it clear, I have NOT seen the movie.  I really have no desire to, either.  My daughter is aware of the movie, but she’s not begging me to see it.  So my observations and arguments in this blog post are purely a reaction to the points the author makes in her blog post.  First, I find it bordering on paranoia that someone would accuse Disney of having a subliminal yet blatant pro-homosexual message in a film meant for children.  It is this same kind of delusional paranoia that suggests the CIA was behind the 9/11 attacks, that LBJ had Kennedy assassinated, or any of those extreme views that government is in too much control of our lives.  My thoughts about these types of people are that they actively SEEK out reasons to accuse something of being not what it seems.  I don’t see this as cynicism, but as paranoia.   They wish to FIND subliminal differences, so they can preach about it, or build up their self-image of being able to point out inconsistencies or conspiracies.  And these people are finding followers using the same social media they criticize. 

Second, if we look at the examples from her blog that I have cited, we could easily see in them similarities to the Harry Potter novels and movies.  We could see similarities between other Disney heroes and heroines, particularly the recent strong heroines such as “Mulan”, “Pocahontas”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Brave” or even “Little Mermaid”.  So, my question is if we can apply strong homosexual messages to “Frozen”, we must also seek them out (notice I use the work “seek”) in the Harry Potter novels and movies, or in the other Disney movies of the last couple of decades. 

Finally, could this person’s viewpoints be carried into other aspects of Disney entertainment?  For example, in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, is it possible that the Professor and his sidekick were homosexual lovers?  Or in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” could it be that the dwarfs were all gay?  Or how about the venerated “Mary Poppins”.  Could there be a subliminal message that Mary was a closet lesbian?  I sincerely doubt that ANY of the movies I've cited contain homosexual message, just as the Harry Potter franchise does not, or any of the other Disney movies with strong female leads.

Perhaps it isn't just paranoia.  Perhaps this blog author, who calls herself “A Well Behaved Mormon Woman”, feels that Disney movies, which are supposed to present “traditional values”, are attacking what she might consider to be the long-held Mormon view of women:  subjugated servants who cannot hold church office or dispute their husband’s authority.  Perhaps she feels threatened not by what she perceives is a homosexual message, but a message of a woman of strength and character.  Is it possible that “Frozen”, along with other Disney movies with strong women characters, threatens one of the pillars of her faith?  If so, then why mask it by accusing Disney of subliminally using “Frozen” as a means of promoting the homosexual agenda? 

Here is a full link to her blog so you can read it for yourself.

1 comment:

Helen Jacobson said...

People who are sensitive to certain issues will see those issues in everything, I agree. That being said, the song "Let it Go" basically says "it's not wrong; it's who I am" which can be construed as a pro-gay message. However, this attitude is the middle step of Elsa's development; the lady blogger stops analysis in the middle of the movie. The rest of the movie portrays Elsa's realization that she has hurt people, her sorrow at the fact, and the strong sisterly love that enabled her to ask forgiveness and be forgiven. It's actually a very Christian message. If you look back at the lyrics of "Let it Go" you will find that Elsa thought she had to be perfect, the good girl, etc. Her powers could be analogous to being gay, but they also could be analogous to being sinful, and the rest of the movie supports the latter. I loved the movie, loved the characters and the music.