Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Disney’s Frozen is pro-gay propaganda. Or is it?

The enormously popular animation is, apparently, either an argument for gayness or a Christian tract. Huh?

Wed, Mar 12, 2014, 18:39


If you wanted proof that, for any special interest group, film acts as a sort of socio-political Rorschach ink blot then look no further than the minor kerfuffle surrounding the unstoppable Frozen (over $1 billion and rising). The perfectly sane-sounding Pastor Kevin Swanson, a fulminator from Colorado, has decided that the picture is dangerous propaganda for the “homosexual agenda”. He’s really got himself into something of a state about it all. This “very evil” product emerges from ”one of the most pro-homosexual organisations in the country”. And so on. He continued:  ”If I was the Devil, what would I do to really foul up an entire social system and do something really, really, really evil to 5- and 6- and 7-year-olds in Christian families around America?… If I was the Devil, I would buy Disney in 1984.”

Okay, let’s be honest here. You couldn’t, in all good faith, argue that Frozen was not without its camp moments. The electrifying Oscar-winning anthem Let it Go can be viewed as one of the great coming-out themes of our time. Catch a thrill as, after having rejected convention, Elsa look into the camera and announces: “The cold never bothered me anyway!” They’ll be bellowing that out at Madame JoJo’s for decades to come. I’m not quite sure about the growing rumour that you can see the comic shopkeep’s gay family in the sauna. Mind you…

Anyway, the gayness is sufficiently coded that, to get “drawn in”, you really would need to be looking for indoctrination. In other words, like the Pastor, any potential gay recruit would be making of the ink blot what he or she desperately wanted to make of it. As if to prove the point, a southern Baptist has decided that Frozen is the most Christian Disney picture in an age. It’s a bit tenuous, but you can some sense of Collin Garbarino’s argument here.

All of this goes some way to confirming what a cultural phenomenon Frozen has become. It is now the second most lucrative release of 2013 and the fourth most successful animation of all time. Nobody would be much bothering with this nonsense if the film did not have such resonance. I do not, for example, remember such debates dogging the release of Hot Tub Time Machine.