A controversial new hashtag is gaining ground on Twitter this week, as Disney fans push for the House of Mouse to do something very different with the highly anticipated sequel to Frozen: Give Queen Elsa a female love interest.
Alexis Isabel started the hashtag on Saturday night with a series of tweets asking Disney to reveal that Elsa is a lesbian in Frozen 2. Alexis (who identifies as bi) runs Feminist Culture, a popular activist blog, and was chosen to be an MTV Social Media Star of 2016. She clearly knows what she is doing when it comes to social media, so it's not surprising that the call to #GiveElsaAGirlfriend quickly picked up steam.
It's about time that Disney starts to create more diverse characters, especially when it comes to their LGBT representation. For many, Frozen is already seen as a coming out story, and 'Let it Go' has been sung as an LGBT anthem. Alongside this, the film has already been celebrated for its fresh take on the traditional Disney stories - with its focus on the relationship between sisters and on a rich emotional landscape rather than a simple boy-meets-girl format.
With that in mind, this would seem like the perfect starting point for Disney to introduce a same-sex relationship - and Queen Elsa would be the perfect character.
The hashtag quickly took off, with a largely positive response to the idea. With over ten thousand tweets (and growing), fans are thrilled about the idea of Elsa being queer and are filling twitter with their enthusiastic responses.
Other fans have been creating and tweeting art and suggestions to show how fantastic they think a f/f relationship would be in Frozen 2.
However, some responses have been less than positive. Predictably, the hashtag has received backlash from other fans who believe that the inclusion of an LGBT princess would be inappropriate for children.
In response, Alexis posted to MTV.com about why she created the hashtag in the first place, reminding us that Disney hasn't exactly been shy about other unconventional relationships in the past.
Growing up, I never saw a princess fall in love with another princess — and neither have girls growing up right now. The entertainment industry has given us girls who have fallen in love with beasts, ogres who fall for humans, and even grown women who love bees. But we’ve never been able to see the purity in a queer relationship.
She goes on to talk about the importance of letting young LGBT kids and teens know that they are not alone, and that there can be a happy ending for every couple, not just straight ones.
Giving young girls the chance to understand that a princess can love another princess the same way Cinderella loved her Prince Charming is vital to their development. No one deserves to feel isolated and confused about who they are. All we need is someone to show us that there are other options, other kinds of princesses, and other ways to have the happy ending that you deserve.
Whether you love it or hate it, Disney has long been focused on true love and happy endings. Giving audiences a Queen who falls in love with another woman would be another happy ending - and one that could help LGBT kids and teens (and adults, because grown-ups love Disney too!) feel that they are included in the magical world of Disney.