I didn't think I'd be doing another article about Frozen for a while, if ever. But a certain Christian pastor of the Reformation Church has made some quite bold remarks that necessitate discussion.
For those of you who don't know, [Frozen](movie:411685) is Disney Animation's latest endeavor, and aside from being a box office juggernaut and an absolute joy to watch, it's sparked some controversy recently. At first, the popular discussion was over the film's arguably feminist themes. But now, thanks to Pastor Kevin Swanson and his radio co-host Steve Vaughn, the issues of homosexuality and bestiality have come into question.
I have to wonder if these guys were being intentionally hilarious or if they were serious. Along with accusations that Frozen will “indoctrinate my 5-year-old to be a lesbian," Swanson later goes on to say that the film treats bestiality lightly by portraying a man who has a friendly relationship with his pet reindeer, and that the Disney corporation is satanic.
I'd like to address the simply baffling reasoning behind this man's claims. First of all:
Swanson Accuses Disney of a Pro-Homosexual agenda, due to the fact that the main character, Queen Elsa, shows no interest in a romantic relationship with a man throughout the film.
I guess that we should send Pastor Swanson after every single woman on the planet, because clearly that is a sign of being gay. This point is completely ludicrous, when you really think about it (actually, you really don't have to think about it at all). This film isn't about romance. I mean, yes, that certainly plays a secondary role (in the form of a heterosexual relationship, by the way), but what the film is about is the familial love between sisters, and how that is the truest of love.
He uses Idina Meznel's show-stopping number, the Academy Award-Winning "Let It Go," as evidence for the above homosexual agenda.
He claims that, because Elsa was born with her condition and spent her life keeping is a secret, this song is her "coming out," and a symbol for the coming out of a closeted homosexual. It's obvious, at least to me, this man completely misinterpreted the song's meaning. "Let It Go," much like another Idina Menzel show-stopper "Defying Gravity" from Broadway's Wicked, is about not letting the world tell you who you are. It's about embracing your own individuality and not having to worry about living up to anyone's expectation of you. It's about, oh, I don't know, letting go and being yourself, whoever that may be. Much larger than any particular hot-button issue.
He also tries to use the relationship between a man and his pet reindeer as grounds for accusations of bestiality.
This claim is only slightly founded in some evidence. In the film, as a family of trolls are trying to convince princess Anna to get hitched to an ice farmer named Kristoff, they say the following:
So he's a bit of a fixer-upper,
So he's got a few flaws.
Like his peculiar brain dear, His thing with the reindeer.
That's a little outside of nature's laws!
Now of course, they are referring to the reindeer, Sven, which Kristoff travels with. Swanson has taken this lyric to mean that in down time between cutting ice and helping girls, Kristoff decides to get intimate with the animal. Personally, I think he took the lyric a little too far. If you observe the interaction between Kristoff and Sven, you will see that this boy spends almost the entirety of his life around a freaking reindeer. He talks to it and then interprets its grunts as responses. Furthermore, he lets this reindeer act as his moral compass and eats carrots which have previously been in its mouth. What this looks like to me is the Disney hero version of a cat lady: someone who is so awkward and uncomfortable around human beings that they have chosen the company of animals as their primary source of interaction. That, indeed, is outside of nature's laws. Doesn't mean you have to pork a reindeer. I didn't see anyone accusing Lilo of boinking Stitch when that movie came out!
I'd like to say a couple of further things of my own.
It's not a very well-kept secret that most people in Hollywood support the gay rights movement. If the makers of this film came out and did so, I wouldn't be shocked at all. For heaven's sake, Jonathan Groff, who is the voice behind Kristoff, is openly homosexual. What does it honestly matter if they believe something that this man doesn't? We're all entitled to our own opinions and beliefs, and the right to make them heard! What am I getting at here, you ask? Just because someone supports something doesn't mean that they embed hidden meaning on that subject into everything they do. Believe it or not, not everything has to be about a political agenda. What ever happened to the notion of promoting unity and compassion between people?
Also, I am a Christian myself (of the Mormon persuasion), and I do not agree with what Pastor Swanson has to say. I don't think the Disney corporation is satanic, I don't think the film takes a particular stance on homosexuality, and I am pretty much certain that no sane person involved in the making of that film condones bestiality. I don't believe that Swanson's remarks adequately represent the Christian community, and furthermore believe that his attitude and tone in general are not only the opposite of Christian teachings, but go so far as to give Christians a bad name. Christianity is about loving people even if you disagree with what they believe, and treating them with the decency that Jesus Christ would. Now, whether you believe in Christianity or not is not the point I am getting at. I am simply saying that the religious community should not be judged by one man making bigoted and idiotic remarks.
As long as there is art, there will be people trying to bring art down. It is the job of the artists and people like us to make sure that doesn't happen.
Frozen is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download.