When the Disney princess blockbuster Frozen first hit theaters, there who those who thought the signature song "Let it Go" had some hidden subtext. While it's a song about being -- and even embracing -- yourself, the gay community decided that it was really a song about being ok with being gay. The internet really wanted Elsa to have a girlfriend. And thus, a hashtag was born:
#GiveElsaAGirlfriend because representation matters. Cuz u can teach children acceptance, how to love, to not bully others because of their differences, how to have an open mind and not judge others, and to accept and be comfortable with their own sexual and gender orientation.— Isa (@IsaParadox) February 27, 2018
Playing dolls with my daughter today and listening to Frozen. The #GiveElsaAGirlfriend campaign came to mind again, and I'm all for it! Can't wait to see Elsa happy and free to be who she wants to be. #LoveIsLove @Disney @WaltDisneyCo pic.twitter.com/QnrvwDdQPC— Brenna Demands Evidence-Based Action (@BrennaDemands) January 24, 2018
I think it would be a good idea to give a princess to our queen to show to the entire world (particulary children) that you can find happiness with anyone and that it's not just a question of sex but also a question of spirit. #GiveElsaAGirlfriend— Corniquel Enora (@enorazor) January 2, 2018
Now, with Frozen 2 underway, creators aren't ruling out making that a reality. Director Jennifer Lee told Huffington Post that it's going to be up to Elsa herself:
we have tons of conversations about it, and we’re really conscientious about these things,” Lee said. “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 see where we go.”
Someone needs to gently inform Director Lee that Elsa the ice queen is a fictional character and has no sexual preference other than the one the filmmakers impose on her. Instead of listening to Elsa or to the social justice hashtag crowd to guide the decision, perhaps someone at Disney should consider the many millions of Elsa's young fans who would be perfectly happy for the company to continue its successful string of heterosexual princess romances.