There is a snowman’s chance in hell that Disney will give Elsa a girlfriend in Frozen 2 .
And hitherto, thanks to a ambiguou new mention from Frozen 2 co-director Jennifer Lee, LGBT Disney fans are probably going to get their hopes up once again, merely to watch them melt.
” I adore everything that people are saying[ and] parties are thinking about with our film–that it’s creating talk, that Elsa is this wonderful character that speaks to so many beings ,” Lee told HuffPost in a recent interrogation, when asked about the prospect of Elsa getting a girlfriend.” It makes the world to us that we’re part of these conversations .”
Lee followed up that response with a lengthy comment that barely amounts to a “maybe” when read carefully:” Where we’re going with it, we have tons of discussions about it, and we’re really scrupulous about these things. For me…Elsa’s every day telling me where she needs to go, and she’ll continue to tell us. 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 encounter where we go .”
HuffPost properly labeled that noncommittal response a” glimmer of hope” for the #GiveElsaAGirlfriend campaign, which sprouted up on social media in 2016. Others have been more generous in their assessment:” Ring The Alarm !” BuzzFeed declared.” Elsa Might Have A Girlfriend In The’ Frozen’ Sequel .” But it’s safe to say that we can un-ring that buzzer. If you think there’s a serious chance Elsa will find same-sex affection in Arendelle, it’s probably best to let that hope get. Disney has been down this road before.
Remember when eagle-eyed fans spotted a lesbian-looking couple in the Finding Dory trailer, forming mount speculation that we’d see definitively LGBT representation in a Pixar movie, merely for the film’s co-director to give the cop-out answer,” They can be whatever you want them to be ?”
Or when the director of the live-action Beauty and the Beast remaking predicted an ” alone lesbian moment ,” angering social republicans, only for Gaston’s sidekick LeFou to be briefly recognise dancing with another man in the film’s finale?( As my Daily Beast colleague Kevin Fallon wrote,” Truth be told, “the worlds largest” exclusively lesbian moment in this new Beauty and the Beast is my spectacular gaze roller after encountering the actual thing .”)
Disney’s biggest PG-1 3 owned has saddened LGBT fans as well.
In 2016, director J.J. Abrams told The Daily Beast that he” would enjoy it” “when theres” a gay reputation in Star Wars and that” it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual attribute in that world-wide .” Yet there are still no proven gay people to be in the new movies–despite some fans’ rigorous shipping of Finn and Poe.( And now that yet another Star Wars trilogy has been announced, there will be three more opportunities to depict a galaxy far, far away where, apparently, homosexual people either are not available or live in hiding .)
For the last few years now, Disney has stepped a delicate tightrope between not shutting down LGBT followers who want to see better image in their films and not pissing off homophobic observers. There’s no reason to expect them to stop toeing that thread until it’s safe for the movie giant to hurl their full load behind the LGBT community.
As the LGBT media advocacy radical GLAAD noted in 2017, Walt Disney Studios” has the weakest historical record when it comes to LGBTQ-inclusive cinemas” out of all the big-hearted studios. Disney’s got a family-friendly reputation to protect, and at a time when many Americans still think that children need to be protected from LGBT ” dishonesty “– 37 percent of respondents to one recent GLAAD survey, for example, said they would be uncomfortable with their child learning about LGBT history in institution–a lesbian or bisexual Snow Queen is probably perceived as an pointless financial risk.
According to Fast Company writer Joe Berkowitz, the” most family-friendly studio on the planet would be inviting a boycott” if they demonstrate Elsa a girlfriend–so why sell fewer tickets to a guaranteed smash hit when you can sell more?
And when Disney already justification an brawl among anti-LGBT evangelicals five years ago with Elsa’s nonspecific, feel-good song lyrics about” let[ ting] it become” and” separate[ ing] through ,” why would they redouble down this time around when they are sure to be under scrutiny?
The parallel isn’t perfect, of course, but I ever think about the interracial duo in The Princess and the Frog whenever LGBT followers seem to think the moment for a faggot Disney character has finally arrived. Harmonizing to Gallup polling data, the majority of members of Americans have approved of marriage between black people and white people since 1997, and over 75 percentage have approved since 2004, but Disney still waited until 2009, when funding was over 80 percent, to tell the story of Tiana and her lord. That’s the definition of playing it safe.
So, if we speculate that Disney would wait to include an LGBT main character in an animated movie until they were gambled indignation fewer than 20 percentage of American viewers, then we’ve still got a ways to go hitherto. As of 2017, according to Gallup, simply 64 percentage of Americans now support same-sex matrimony, up from 42 percentage in 2004. If permission continues to climb at that precise same pace, it will thump the 80 percentage symbol in … 17 years–probably about the same time that Frozen 7: Olaf’s Revenge comes out.
It would be nice if Disney, like Elsa, could exclaim,” Let the hurricane rage on” and progress forward. But if history is any indication, Frozen 2 will almost certainly give hopeful LGBT love the cold shoulder.
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