Keep Elsa Strong and Independent - #KeepElsaSingle!
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We are writing to you today to express our concerns over the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, which some people on social media are using to request Disney to make Elsa a lesbian in the Frozen sequel.
One of the reasons why many people love Frozen so much is because it was about family love rather than romantic love. It was sisterly love that saved both sisters, not romantic love. Elsa remained single, yet she had her sister and was happy with her life. She showed that family is most important, and that life is not about romance. She showed the world that it is OK to be single and that you do not need romance to be happy. Giving Elsa a girlfriend or a boyfriend would ruin this powerful message and promote the myth that single people are miserable.
In addition, Elsa’s struggles to accept herself and her ice magic serves as a metaphor to anyone who is different, and the beauty of this metaphor is that anyone can relate to it since no one in real life has ice magic. While some people view the character as a gay metaphor, many others do not. Making Elsa a lesbian might ruin the character for people who relate to her for other reasons, and that would be very unfair to them.
Elsa (and Frozen in general) is popular among people of all sociopolitical backgrounds, and that includes those with diverse views on homosexuality. Some parents do not want to expose this topic to their young children for various reasons, and these parents may not let their children watch Frozen 2 if Elsa is a lesbian. Thus, giving Elsa a girlfriend would be extremely unfair to those Frozen-loving kids.
We sympathize with the people who want gay representation in Disney movies, but Elsa is not the right character for this because it would be exploiting her popularity. If Disney one day decides to represent gay characters in their movies, then we ask that new characters are created for the purpose. As Coco showed, it is possible to create new minority characters that the world will fall in love with, and if this can be done for Latino representation, then it can also be done for gay representation.
Elsa is a role model of a strong independent woman who learns to accept herself and cares about her family. Giving Elsa a girlfriend or a boyfriend in the sequel would ruin these aspects of the character that we love so much. Disney, please do not give Elsa a girlfriend or a boyfriend; please keep her the strong independent woman that she is. Please #KeepElsaSingle! Thank you.
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