This week, on Facebook, I shared two links about the Disney movie, Frozen. I have been obsessed with this movie since the first time I saw it in theaters (okay, probably since I saw the first commercial for it) and have listened to the soundtrack about five times a day since. So, when AfterEllen sent out a request that someone write about what a gay girl can get from the movie Frozen, I jumped at the chance. Actually, three of my fellow AfterEllen writers chimed in and said, “Valerie should probably take this one” before I even read the email. I’m not exactly quiet about the things I love.
So, the first link I shared on Facebook about Frozen this week was that very post, “What a gay girl can get out of Frozen“: http://bit.ly/1m1JDwY
In this post, I say that Elsa’s magic can be a comparison for homosexuality. Something that came naturally to her as a child, that she was taught was something she should be ashamed of, spent most of her life being afraid of, and didn’t feel truly free until she accepted. My ultimate point was that this princess-turned-queen is finally a role model that queer children can look up to without a male love interest (or a love interest at all!) to throw off her relatability.
The second link I shared on Facebook this week was another post about Frozen. This blogger, “A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman”, mostly agreed with all my points – she also sees that Elsa’s powers could be a metaphor for homosexuality…but she sees this as a bad thing. In fact, she thinks it’s a direct result of that mysterious “Gay Agenda” that super-conservative homophobes seem to have a hard copy of but forgot to share with the actual LGBT community.
Well, my mother – who has been way more supportive of me than I could have ever imagined – sent me an email that made my heart grow three hundred sizes. The body of the email was simply, “Okay, that bitch pissed off Mama. I had to make a few comments – see attached.”
I, thankfully, got her permission to post her comments on my blog. So, here is the Well-Behaved Mormon Woman‘s post, with my own mother’s running commentary in red. I took out all the links to clips and songs from the movie the author of the original post included (despite disagreeing with their message?) and the formatting might be a little different from the original format. But remember, Well-Behaved Mormon Woman is the majority of the below, my mother’s comments are included in red.