A Christian film critic disputed a pastor’s claim of covert homosexual and bestiality themes in Disney’s new Oscar-winning animated film “Frozen,” saying the children’s movie has a positive family-friendly message.
“When you think of a Disney cartoon, you tend to think of true love, love at first sight, love’s first kiss, all that sort of stuff,” Paul Asay of Focus on the Family’s Plugged In told the Christian Post. “‘Frozen’ really plays around with that but in a really delightful way to turn it around and say ‘This romantic love isn’t the only one that is available.’”
Asay said the film shows important family relationships, including love and the strong bond between sisters — and that the love the characters have for one another perseveres even when negativity strikes.
As for the film’s emphasis on embracing people’s differences, Asay said it’s important to remember that theme was pervasive in children’s entertainment long before the gay rights movement picked up steam.
“You would really need to push” to suggest such messages “could be taken as some gay-friendly metaphor,” Asay told the Christian Post.
He added, ”When I was growing up these were the sort of messages that encouraged me to read when others were playing football. I think that when you look at Elsa’s story, I took it not as any gay metaphor but really talking a lot about what almost all kids feel as they go through adolescence.”
He said that being Christian itself is “about being different” and not necessarily following along with the direction culture is moving.
“Christianity has always been very counter-culture, where within the realm of following God, following Jesus, we’re able to find ourselves in a way that never would have been possible by following culture as it was,” he said.
Asay’s comments came after Christian radio host Pastor Kevin Swanson’s said parents should be wary of “Frozen” and of Disney’s stance on same-sex relationships.
“I don’t think anybody debates the fact that Disney is pro-homosexual,” Swanson told TheBlaze Tuesday.
The radio host claimed there was a brief presentation in the film implying a character was part of a same-sex family.
Swanson also cited a song called “Fixer Upper” in which trolls sing about Kristoff, one of the male characters. The radio host called one of the lines “inappropriate” and a “lightly cloaked reference to bestiality.”
The trolls sing: “So he’s a bit of a fixer-upper, So he’s got a few flaws, Like his peculiar brain, dear, His thing with the reindeer, That’s a little outside of nature’s laws!”
Asay isn’t alone in voicing support for the film from a religious perspective. Collin Garbarino, an assistant history professor at Houston Baptist University, said he sees parallels between Dante’s “Inferno” and the central themes and story line present in “Frozen.”
In an article about the subject, he wrote, “Disney’s ‘Frozen’ might be the most Christian movie that I have seen this year.”
(H/T: Christian Post)
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