“Frozen” was first released four years ago, and since then, the gay community has urged The Walt Disney Company to create a gay girlfriend for Elsa, the snow queen from the hit animated film. Now that production for the film’s sequel is underway, it remains to be seen if Disney actually follows through on their wishes.
Such a move would be a vast departure from Disney’s traditional fairy tales geared toward children and their parents.
Are they really considering it?
Jennifer Lee, the co-director and writer for “Frozen,” has indicated she is “thinking about the proposition of a queer Elsa,” Billboard reported.
“Where we’re going with it, we have tons of conversations about it, and we’re really conscientious about these things,” she said.
But Lee made no guarantee that Elsa will get a girlfriend in the sequel.
“I always write from character-out, and where Elsa is and what Elsa’s doing in her life, she’s telling me every day. We’ll see where we go,” she said.
For the gay community, the Disney kingdom is one of their last frontiers, reported Scroll.in, a news and entertainment publication based in India.
“With all the new LGBT-friendly narratives now seen on television and in the movies, Disney remains one of the last walls to be breached,” it stated.
How did this start?
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation gave Disney low marks in the group’s annual “Studio Responsibility Index” for the studio’s inclusion of the LGBT community in its productions.
Women’s rights activist Alexis Isabel also pressured Disney on Twitter with the trending hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend. The hashtag was a request for Disney executives to give the iconic figure “an explicitly queer identity in the sequel, which is in production,” Scroll.in said.
Feminists have identified Elsa as one of their own because she is focused on reuniting with her sister instead of pursuing male romantic interests.
Members of the gay community have pointed to Elsa’s quest to “control her magical powers” as a symbol of coming out. Frozen’s hit song “Let It Go,” has also been adopted a queer anthem, Scroll.in reported.