According to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, conservative Christian radio hosts Kevin Swanson and Steve Vaughn took Disney’s hugely successful “Frozen” to task on their Colorado-based Generations Radio show for its “progressive” agenda.
The co-hosts referred to a pair of conservative websites that allege the movie has homosexual and bestiality undercurrents.
Elsa's – one of the main characters – being “born that way,” coming out at her coronation, never having a male suitor, and accepting who she is in the movie’s staple song, “Let It Go,” are among the homosexual allegations.
Furthermore, the hosts reported, Elsa becomes a member of Disney’s first-ever, feature same-sex couple in a short after the end credits in which the giant snow monster wears Elsa’s crown.
“Man, how many children are taken into these things and how many Christians are taking their kids off to see the movie ‘Frozen,’ produced by an organization that is probably one of the most pro-homosexual organizations in the country?” Swanson said during the broadcast. “You wonder sometimes … if maybe there’s something very evil happening here.”
The hosts went on to suggest that the film is brainwashing young children to embrace homosexuality and – in the case of Kristoff’s “unnatural” bond with Sven – bestiality.
Disney’s been accused of inserting nefarious, but subtle, messages in its movies and marketing material for a long time.
It’s hard to imagine that somebody in the Disney chain of command signed off on the things that are hard to dispute – such as the phallic image in “The Little Mermaid’s” movie poster – but it’s there for the world to see.
Some of the visual accusations against Disney are hard to see, but some are not.
Visual images are one thing, thematic elements – such as those the radio hosts and websites allege against “Frozen” – are another.
Having seen “Frozen,” the purported undertones did not register in this moviegoer’s mind, but that does not mean they weren’t there.
What matters most is if parents are okay with their children possibly interpreting that homosexuality is acceptable or not.
If most adults can miss most of the subliminal stuff Hollywood has thrown our way over the years, what are the chances a child will catch on to them?
If Disney is guilty regarding the messages contained in “Frozen,” isn't that doing exactly what liberals accuse conservatives of doing: pushing their views off on to others?
Because they have never seen “Frozen,” it’s hard to put much stock in what Swanson and Vaughn said on their program. Yes, they were commenting on material from a third party, but in the interest of journalistic integrity, these guys are obligated to see the movie before they comment on its contents.
If parents came away from the movie with these contended themes blaring in their psyches, then perhaps more prescreening research is in order.
Then again, because of its family-friendly reputation, it’s easy to trust the folks behind The Happiest Place on Earth.
As you can tell, the jury is out on this one, folks. What do you think?