Fox Fears “Frozen” Is “Empowering Girls” By Portraying Dudes As “Evil And Cold”

“Fox And Friends” host Steve Doocy is clutching his pearls (okay maybe his cufflinks) over what he calls “The Frozen Effect,” which — gasp — makes girls feel good about themselves. Penny Nance, president of the PAC Concerned Women for America (who semi-defensively let us know immediately upon first speaking on camera that being a mom is her “most important job”), told Doocy today that she worries that the movie “Frozen,” with its bold leading women, takes a jab at masculinity and makes young male viewers feel like they have little value. Doocy agreed that the film portrays men as “evil and cold and bumblers.”

Nance then insisted that the message “Frozen” instills in young boys contradicts the fact that “we want to raise heroes.” (Um, can only boys be raised to be heroes?) Pace expressed her desire in raising America’s sons to be good men who will stick around for their families, and that’s directly threatened by a cartoon, I guess. The way the male characters are berated in “Frozen” concerns her because “we want to raise real men and encourage masculinity, not villainize masculinity.” Since when does exhibiting masculinity automatically equate to be being the kind of decent family man she previously described? That’s  the very dangerous lesson she wants to teach America’s young boys? That masculinity is their only measure of success? A dude can be a wonderful person and also have masculine traits, but one does not directly lead to the other. Nance then cited the story of Jon Blunk, a man who bravely shielded his girlfriend with his body during the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting, saving her life. That’s a heroic, tragic story, but what the hell does it have to do with “Frozen”?

In the span of roughly four minutes, Nance and Doocy used the phrase “real men” more times than I can count, which, does that even mean? I guess a guy has to fit certain dudebro criteria to be considered “real.” Nance then argued, “we don’t have to empower women at the cost of tearing down men,” and that I can agree with. In a general sense, sexism is harmful no matter who it’s directed at, but are we seriously going to have this conversation about one of the more innocuous movies of the past decade? Are these two so defensive that every time a female character does something amazing, they consider it a direct attack on men? News stations must be running low on fear-mongering material this week. As the segment was coming to a close, Doocy must have sensed that I was quite full-on pounding my head on my desk yet, because he finished off with a statement so tone-deaf it’s almost laughable: “it would be nice for Hollywood to have more male figures in those kinds of movies as heroes.” So like…the way it is in just about every other movie Hollywood’s ever done? Shall I remind us that every movie nominated for Best Picture in this year’s Academy Awards features a male hero? “Frozen”: threat to great American family values, snatching your children’s virtues away one nose-picking male character at a time.

[Media Matters]