Recently, my ladyfriend saw something online that greatly upset her. She read a review claiming the Disney movie Frozen was spreading homosexual propaganda.
I have not read the review, but I have seen the movie, and now I will attempt to determine if that review is correct and my brain was poisoned by gay messaging.
SPOILER ALERT: The answer is yes.
That’s the last spoiler alert you’ll get, by the way, though there will be plenty of spoilers, mostly because I’m too lazy to think about what would be a spoiler and what wouldn’t be.
The movie focuses on two royal sisters, Elsa and Anna. We know Anna isn’t gay because she’s immediately attracted to the first guy she meets.
Elsa, however, is not shown to be attracted to anyone. Though not falling all over herself in pursuit of men doesn’t mean she’s a lesbian (though it does make her different from almost every other Disney princess), she will have to be the focus of our investigation.
The movie begins when Elsa and Anna are children, and Elsa is shown to have a magic ice power. She and Anna are playing, taking advantage, when Elsa accidentally strike Anna in the head with an icy blast, knocking her comatose.
The parents discover the situation and immediately rush to a family of trolls, who OF COURSE are experts at this sort of thing. After asking if Elsa was born that way or cursed, they cure Anna, but also wipe her memory of Elsa’s power. They tell the parents they need to keep Elsa’s power hidden or she will be at risk from people who don’t understand it.
Elsa is then locked away, with the castle doors closed and the number of servants kept to a minimum. She never sees Anna anymore either, for fear of what could happen if she’s around her young sister.
It’s not just about being squirreled away though. Her parents work to teach her to control this aspect of herself so one ever finds out, focusing on controlling her emotions. She is forced to never show her emotions for fear she’ll be found out.
Later, the castle gates are open so Elsa can be crowned queen (the parents had been killed in an accident at sea, but Elsa had a good alibi). There’s a confrontation between the two sisters, with Anna wanted to get married to the love of her life (that she just met) and Elsa being firmly against her sister’s burgeoning heterosexual relationship.
In that confrontation, Elsa is unable to control her emotions, and her secret comes out. The city is aghast, both afraid and angry, and Elsa flees into the wilderness, but not before accidentally freezing the entire city. In making her escape, she sings the signature song from the movie, “Let It Go,” which celebrates finally letting her true feelings out and being happy with herself.
Anna chases after her sister, both to get her back for the love she has for family and because she thinks Elsa can save the city. Along the way, a lot of plot happens, there’s some treachery, and Elsa accidentally strikes Anna’s heart with her power. This touching of the heart is terminal–not even the trolls can save her. Only an act of true love can stop her impending death.
Elsa, meanwhile, is imprisoned, once again locked up to stop that aspect of her personality coming out. But come out she does, escaping with another ferocious display of her true self.
Anna, meanwhile, rushes off to find the act of true love that will save her, rushing toward the man she wanted to marry earlier. But it turns out that Anna is not saved by an act of true love by a man at all. Instead, it’s her love for her sister that saves her.
That’s when Elsa realizes it’s love that can melt the ice that has enveloped her city. She finally masters control of her power by using the power of love. Elsa is fully realized, and the townspeople find happiness with their new queen.
There you have it. A main character who has to hide an aspect of herself from the entire world, lest she be hated, who is then found out and is chased away. But she learns to love herself and it makes her and everyone around her happy.
That’s not what makes it gay propaganda though. After all, that could be representative of any part of ourselves we feel somewhat guilty about because it’s not accepted by society. You might as well say it’s an allegory about a love of tap dance, or being Muslim, or having a blog in 2014.
No, it’s gay propaganda because it was a movie starring two women with tons of singing. And it definitely poisoned my brain because, despite that, I really enjoyed it.