Frozen was not bad. As an adaptation of ‘The Snow Queen’ fairytale it bears, shall we say, a very loose relation to canon. And the timing of some of the funny songs where the protagonists have someone slowly dying on their hands makes my bunnies headdesk a bit. But for a kids’ movie, not bad.
And that’s what gets to me about the “Give Elsa a girlfriend!” cries out there. This was a kids’ movie. Not for teenagers. Little kids.
I’m going to be up front and say I was raised to believe that whatever happened between two consenting adults in the privacy of their own bedroom was their own business. And that’s the key phrase: consenting adults.
Kids ought to get to be kids. And that includes not diving into the boiling omnipresence of sexuality Hollywood pushes on the rest of us. Sexuality of any stripe is messy and confusing enough for teens and adults. Can’t we let kids have a character in a movie who isn’t dealing with that mess anymore than they are? Who’s got plenty of other emotional and physical messes to get out of – the most important one being “I’m not the perfect girl they wanted”? Because that is a big one, so big even adults get hung up on it, and none of us needs more problems gumming up the works while we try to work out that we’re not Horrible People just because our knacks and interests don’t fit what our family says they should.
Seriously, whatever the movie’s other flaws, it managed to hit right on target there. If you’ve got a talent no one else in the family approves of, hiding it will only work so long. Figure out how to use it in a way that helps, and a lot of people will come around.
Let kids have that message, uncluttered by anything else. It is so, so important. Because if you’re a potential writer in a house of scientists, a chef in a house of construction workers, a cop in a house of lawyers – you’ve got enough problems already.
Besides. If you really want movies to be inclusive and good role models for all of human sexuality, what about the ace kids in the audience? Shouldn’t they get a chance to see someone who is brave and powerful and, as far as we can tell, just Not Interested? Think about it.