It's time to stop
making excuses for Disney. It's time to stop congratulating Disney for including a line of Oaken saying hi to his family, briefly showing them with the small possibility that that's his husband in the sauna, and then calling Frozen revolutionary. Time to stop congratulating Disney over having Elsa, a character that shows no signs whatsoever of being LGBTQA+, just because she doesn't show any signs of being straight either. The fact of the matter is that Disney is the largest, most influential animation company in the entire
world, heck, it's one of the largest companies in general in the whole world, animation aside, and we need to expect more from them.
I often hear people say, "But the world isn't ready!" Guess what, the world's never going to be 100% ready! If we keep making that excuse then we're never going to see a LGBTQA+ princess. It's going to be 2050 and there's still gonna be homophobes out there and people are still gonna be saying "But the world isn't ready!" The fact of the matter is that we live in a very open world, much more open than how it's ever been in the past. We still have so much work to do, but we're getting somewhere. I think now more than ever seeing an LGBTQA+ princess would make sense. We're in a transition period right now and having Disney be a part of that would be such a huge step.
Would Disney probably lose viewers from this? Yeah, without a doubt. But I'm sure as hell that they'd gain just as many if not more if they did this. And honestly, let's be real, Disney isn't going to actually lose money on a princess movie. Even if people who don't support LGBTQA+ people didn't see the movie there would still be more than enough people seeing it to at least
get their profits back. With that we'd also be getting a conversation started, kids accepting themselves, kids learning about other sexualities, and if Disney has to lose a few bucks over that I really think it's worth it.
Representation is so
important. It really is. I myself am gay and if I was exposed to a gay princess when I was young that would've been so helpful in learning to accept myself. Where in the media do we see LGBTQA+ characters? In the media they're starting to pop up, slowly but surely, but more often than not they're so stereotypical and just further gay stereotypes. Having a realistic, fleshed out character whose movie doesn't just focus on her sexuality, but treats her as a real person with a life outside of her sexuality would be so so important.
If kids go their entire childhood without having any exposure to LGBTQA+ characters, it just allows them to start to grow feelings of homophobia. They grow up their whole life hardly ever seeing LGBTQA+ characters in the media so it becomes taboo to them, it becomes wrong, it becomes weird, it becomes different
. If kids grow up watching Disney movies and see a LGBTQA+ princess I'm sure that they'd be more open to the concept. They'd realize, "Hey, Princess *insert name here* is gay and she's awesome, so maybe it isn't so bad!"
So yeah, that's about it! Sorry for dominating the article space lately, I just have a lot to say I suppose ^^ By the way I don't mind if you disagree with me, but please save the homophobic comments, I really don't wanna hear them. Have a good day~~!
i've always been an aurora/merida or aurora/jasmine person myself but to each their own