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Fox News has taken shots, and this time they're aiming at Disney. In an interview that has recently gone viral, Penny Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America, was interviewed by the network regarding Disney's blockbuster Frozen and how it promotes "The Frozen Effect."

Fox News
Fox News

The argument being made by Nance and Steve Doocy is that the animated Disney musical features characters like Hans and Kristoff who come off as "evil and cold, and bumblers," which promotes a negative message to young male audiences.

Disney Animation Studios
Disney Animation Studios

According to Nance, it's not just Disney that's promoting this idea, but Hollywood in general.

Hollywood in general has often sent the message that men are superfluous, that they're stupid, that they're in the way and if they contribute anything to the family, it's a paycheck. And that is not true and it's not good social science.
We want them to know that they're essential. We want to raise heroes. We want to raise real men that will stick in their families and be great dads, and be great providers and great husbands.

One of the examples they use that is apparently a huge blow to the male gender as a whole was when Kristoff suggested that men pick their noses and that sometimes, as was the case with Hans, they're not good people.

Disney Animation Studios
Disney Animation Studios

She goes on to take the position that these movies are sending a positive message to women - which is true - but at the risk of teaching young boys that they are somehow less important by emasculating them.

Well, I mean honestly, it's really important to understand what the message is. Like, the message is that we want to empower women, right? And that's good, we absolutely want to do that. But we don't have to empower women at the cost of tearing down men.
I would suggest to Disney and to Hollywood, let's be honest in a family it's important to have both a mom and a dad. Men are essential in our society.

Yeah, Frozen! Knock it off with your male-hating agenda already.

Disney Animation Studios
Disney Animation Studios
We want to raise real men. We want to encourage masculinity and not villainize masculinity. We're Concerned Women for America and we're the women's group who love men. So, real men.

Apparently only masculine, heroic types count as "real men" and shouldn't be seen as the villain. It is unfair for men to be vilified in such a way, especially when there are so few female villains by comparison. I mean, when has Disney ever villainized women? Other than Maleficent, Ursula, Lady Tremaine, Madam Mim, Madame Medusa, Yzma, the Evil Queen, Mother Gothel, Cruella de Vil, the Queen of Hearts...oh, wait.

Disney Animation Studios
Disney Animation Studios

Doocy goes on to support Nance's claims against Hollywood by making the extremely bold statement:

It would be nice for Hollywood to have more male figures in those kind of movies, as heroes.

As we all know, men are constantly being underrepresented in the hero role. For instance, just look at some of the movies in the two months following the release of [Frozen](movie:411685) that could have used a touch of masculinity (please note my sarcasm).

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

No, no a movie featuring a group of men journeying through Middle Earth and facing dangerous foe and life-threatening events isn't particularly masculine. Try again, Tolkien.

American Hustle

Fun fact: As we learned from the Sony hacks, the women who starred in American Hustle (Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence) were paid less than the men, even though Adams and Lawrence were the only actors who walked away with awards.

The Wolf of Wall Street

I loved The Wolf of Wall Street, but it's arguable one of the most hyper-masculine movies in filmmaking. There's nothing wrong with that, but you can't say that it wasn't male-centric.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

I love Ben Stiller and I thought that this movie was very sweet, but the whole premise is that he's trying to become less passive and more of a doer in life. He does this by traveling the world, climbing mountains, and trying to get the attention of the woman of his dreams.

Grudge Match

I mean, it's about two senior boxers who decide to come out of retirement to settle an old rivalry by duking it out in the ring one more time.

Don't get me wrong, these movies were all great and respectable in their own right, but I think those few monte alone proved that it's ridiculous for Fox to make the statement that Hollywood needs to make more heroic male roles available for young boys.

While we're on the subject, the same way that I think women should be portrayed as strong and capable, I also believe that there should be more roles depicting men as sensitive and dynamic. We should be encouraging roles where men can show the whole spectrum of emotions so they don't feel pigeonholed by strong, powerful, and masculine characters. Isn't the lack of representation of these men just as, if not more so, detrimental to young boys?

Check out Nance's brief interview here:

What do you guys think? Is Disney's large-scale shift to villainize the male gender just getting out of control? Or are you with me when I say...

Frozen will be back in theaters with a new short Frozen Fever that will debut before [Cinderella](movie:373064) on March 13.


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