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Why Frozen Is Obviously About Lesbians

To some people

Let's get this out in the open, this post will explain once and for why Disney’s Frozen is about the pro-Lesbian agenda. Don’t know what I’m talking about? To my knowledge the ruckus started last month on the blog A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman. She had a post asserting a myriad of ways that the film advocates for "The Gay Agenda" and stating that she won’t “Let it Go.” (Get it? Get it?) Then, just today, the web is going nuts because Kevin Swanson, a religious right-wing radio host, has declared that Frozen is evil. He even suggested that parents are intentionally taking their children there to indoctrinate them into being lesbians. This has created a fire storm of the kind of “Yes it is”, “No it isn’t” that the web is great for, with the trolls coming out in full force. But, so far as I can tell, no one has really explained what is happening.

For those who don’t know to movie, everything you need to know is encapsulated in the marque song “Let it Go”: It is a teenage female power ballad, centered around a socially isolated girl who has been told not to do what she wants. She decides to stand up for herself and sings lines like

Let it go, let it go. Turn away and slam the door. I don’t care what they’re going to say. Let the storm rage on. The cold never bothered me anyway.

That is, it is about rejecting what you have been told, finding your own path, and living with the consequences. Classic teenage themes, nothing newsworthy. At the extreme, it is the rebellious declaration that, if you stick with it, leads to the hindsight of Sinatra’s “My Way”, with lines like

There were times, I’m sure you knew, when I bit off more than I could chew, and through it all, when there was doubt, I ate it up and spit it out, I faced it all and stood tall and did it MY WAY.

Probably the most crucial aspect of both songs is that, while they fit well into a particular context (the movie Frozen, or Sinatra’s actual life) the songs are written so that anyone listening can put themselves into the song. It is a very old and well used trick. Think about Meatloaf’s “I Would Do Anything For Love, But I Won’t Do That” or Boyz 2 Men's “I’ll make love to you, like you want me to.” Those songs are successful because whatever you wouldn’t do, that’s what Meatloaf is singing about. However you want to imagine your ideal night, that is what the Boyz are singing about. This is called “projection”, so let’s get a few sentences in here about Freud

Sigmund Freud’s system, at its core, is about understanding how people get by in a world in which they can’t do whatever they want, typically because society dictates that they do otherwise. Freud gets a bum rap these days, because he became very dogmatic in his old age, and because his acolytes made him the most market-saturated overwrought and misunderstood scientist (yes, SCIENTIST) of all time. The dramatic stuff that Freud talked about is not as ubiquitous as he or his fans wanted to think, but his thinking didn’t come out of nowhere. He was describing things that people actually do, sometimes…and this is one of those times.

You see, the plot of Frozen is about resisting society’s efforts to force you to conform, which includes dealing openly with others about topics that make you or others nervous. It is about whatever YOU, the listener, have been repressing. It might be a hard-core repression, where you REALLY wanted to do something, but others wouldn’t let you, or it might be a lesser repression, in which, for example, you were always interested in learning more about something, but were afraid to even have the conversation. Either way, if you think you know what the song is “Really” about, you are not telling us something about the motives of the person who wrote the song, you are telling us something about yourself.

And this is how divisive the so-called homosexual agenda is right now: Some people don’t understand why we are still talking about this, while others are so afraid of homosexuality that they will project their fear onto anything in pop culture. They consider even their simple desire to understand more about homosexuality, possibly mixed with their own homosexual tendencies, to be so unbelievably unacceptable that they must accuse others of intentionally trying to undermine their self-control. "It is YOU evil song writer and devious Disney movie makers," they think, "who are trying to force this upon me and other unsuspecting good-hearted people."

"If I were to let something go, THAT would be it," they think, "so that must be what Elsa is singing about!" Not likely. As Shakespeare’s might have put it: The radio man doth protest too much, methinks.


Some people watch Frozen and think it is obvously about the Lesbian Agenda, because they, those particular viewers, are themselves obssessed with worry over the increased social acceptance of homosexuality. It is that simple.

 

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P.S. I am not Mormon, but I have friends who are and who frequently forward links to A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman. Generally I think it is insightful, and I recommend it to those interested in better understanding the Mormon faith. Kevin Swanson on the other hand…him I could do without.

Eric Charles, Ph.D., runs the research lab at CTRL, the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning, at American University.

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