Twitter Wants Elsa To Be A Lesbian In The ‘Frozen’ Sequel, Calling For Disney To #GiveElsaAGirlfriend
Frozen fans have united on Twitter to demand Disney #GiveElsaAGirlfiend in the latest social media campaign to dominate the Interwebs. It all started when Twitter user lexi4pres, famous for founding the feminist blog, Feminist Culture, tweeted, “I hope Disney makes Elsa a lesbian princess imagine how iconic that would be” on Saturday. She followed up by tweeting, “Dear @Disney, #GiveElsaAGirlfriend,” and so began the hashtag that has since taken over Twitter waves. This tweet alone was retweeted 1,700 times.
The movie premiered more than two years ago, and so if the idea of protagonist Queen Elsa being a lesbian seems out of the blue to you, let me give you a refresher… or, why not let Alexis “lexi4pres” Moncada explain: “Many in the LGBT community view Frozen as a metaphor for the experience of coming out and accepting who you are. Yet Elsa, the film’s protagonist, will probably end up with a male prince or king in the upcoming Frozen sequel,” Moncada told MTV.
And Moncada makes a good point. The idea of Elsa’s character being a lesbian began swirling even when the movie was in theaters, simply by merit of her not ending up with a male love interest, and the deep-seated sense of repression she seemed to maintain until the end of the film.
However, the reason this theory is being popularized once again is that feminists are beginning to call out the heteronormative culture that dominates society, from the norms and expectations we’re all held to, to the entertainment we consume.
Exhibit A: Conservatives lost their shit when an LGBT couple featured on the Disney sitcom Good Luck Charlie two years ago, some arguing that this would influence their children, aka turn them gay, as if decades of watching straight couples on TV has converted all the LGBT youth out there. True, their reaction was pretty disgusting, but on some level, we’re all too blame for it: By building a culture that systemically excludes and fails to represent non-heterosexual individuals, we’ve allowed so many people to become accustomed to a norm and become threatened by even the most peaceful challenges to it.
Inevitably, there’s going to be some critics of this social media petition who claim to be fine with social justice, but consider it unnecessary in entertainment. At the end of the day, representation in every sphere, whether that’s politics or Pixar, might not mean much to those who already benefit from it, but I’m inclined to think a lesbian Disney Princess would be pretty empowering to closeted little girls across the nation.
Moncada also raised some good points about how Elsa having a girlfriend would enable Disney to represent a “[pure]” queer relationship, notable in a society that hypersexualizes and objectifies lesbians every opportunity it gets. “The entertainment industry has given us girls who have fallen in love with beasts, ogres who fall for humans, and even grown women who love bees. But we’ve never been able to see the purity in a queer relationship,” Moncada pointed out.
At any rate, here’s some of the best tweets:
People magazine reports that Frozen 2 is currently in production and we can expect a release date some time next year.