Frozen’s Idina Menzel Responds to #GiveElsaAGirlfriend Campaign: ‘It’s Great!’
Frozen is a cultural phenomenon, and like all cultural phenomena, it must be milked for every cent it can give. Since it is designed for the consumption of kids, that has proven very easy, so Disney has opted to make a second film about their Nordic protagonists, Anna and Elsa. Undoubtably, almost every child you know will see this movie at least once. Almost every parent you know will spend a whole lot of cold, hard cash on Elsa and Anna impersonators for birthday parties, Frozen 2 backpacks and toys to replace the original Frozen backpacks and toys, and CDs, DVDs, and supplemental books and activities. Oh, and don’t forget all the t-shirts.
Knowing there will be an undeniable frenzy around this movie, some people, like Alexis Isabel, think the platform Disney has with Frozen should be used to further a cause. Since the original movie gave Anna a boyfriend but left Elsa single, Isabel believes Disney has the perfect chance to reach out to young members of the LGBT community and #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, so she launched the tag on Twitter at the end of April. It took off and got quite a bit of attention for the young writer online.
Now, it’s even getting attention from the star of Frozen herself, Idina Menzel, and not the negative kind. When approached by Entertainment Weekly, the Broadway superstar said, “I think it’s great that’s she’s stirring it up, you know? And Disney’s just gotta contend with that. I’ll let them figure that out!”
Menzel has been a part of productions that are landmarks in the LGBT community for their depiction of inclusivity, like Rent and Glee, and has also worked with gay advocacy groups like The Trevor Project, The Give a Damn Campaign, and NOH8, so she would be a perfect fit to voice the first queer Disney princess.
Finally, before you scoff at the idea of Disney green-lighting a gay princess, be aware that the Disney Channel featured an openly gay couple in an episode of Good Luck, Charlie a few years ago. The couple was not only same-sex, but had a child together, too.
Disney may very well #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, too, considering the blowback they faced from fans when they left the extra-flamboyant Ryan Evans single for the first two High School Musical films, only to haphazardly link him up to a female character in the third and make him officially gay in the touring stage production that followed the success of the films.
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