Brace yourselves, parents. Just when you thought you'd finally got the annoying chorus of "Let it Go" from the Disney movie Frozen out of your head, along comes a sequel -- and this time it may be aiming for a bigger cultural impact than just a relentlessly catchy tune.
According to The Daily Wire, a groundswell of pro-LGBT support for Frozen character Elsa, complete with its own hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, may be inspiring the film's director to take things up a notch in terms of social justice.
The movement and hashtag began after some interpreted the lyrics of the Frozen showstopper "Let It Go" as a sort of gay “coming-out anthem" based on such lyrics as "Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know" and "Let it go, let it go, Can’t hold it back anymore."
Disney has a decades-long history of family-friendly fare, of course, with no explicitly LGBT characters -- although a couple of moments in Frozen hinted at it, and the 2017 live-action version of Beauty and the Beast contained a clearly gay major character.
But now the creatives behind the sequel are suggesting it may break with tradition. Idina Menzel, who voices the character of Elsa, said in 2016, “Maybe at first I was a little surprised because it’s Disney, but I can say that I’m excited that the conversation is happening. I can’t promise anybody that that’s what’s gonna happen... But deep down am I really happy that it’s causing people to talk about it and have these kinds of conversations? Yeah, I am.”
The original film's director Jennifer Lee, who will be directing the sequel as well, said her creative team is excited about the possibility of giving Elsa a girlfriend:
“I love everything people are saying [and] people are thinking about with our film ― that it’s creating dialogue, that Elsa is this wonderful character that speaks to so many people. It means the world to us that we’re part of these conversations.”
“Where we’re going with it, we have tons of conversations about it, and we’re really conscientious 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 see where we go.”
Indeed we will.