Fans continue to call for Elsa to have a girlfriend in Frozen 2. However, recent developments could be cause to reconsider their demand.
Frozen was a huge hit for Disney. Moreover, it was a noteworthy change from the formulaic films identified with the studio. Hence, it seemed to offer a lot more to audiences. Indeed, the icy animated flick had great significance for many who related to it on varying levels.
A case in point was the trending hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend a few months back. The message of empowerment offered by its popular theme song Let It Go connected with LGBT community members. Hence, their appeal for Disney to give Elsa a female lover in Frozen 2. It remains unknown if Disney Studios would take the chance and give in to popular demand. Meanwhile, it did affirm its commitment to bring greater cultural diversity to future projects.
Yet would a recent case with actress Charlize Theron and her four-year-old son be reason for the petition to lose merit? Apparently, the actress received criticism on social media after pictures showed her son in an outfit reminiscent of Elsa’s character in Frozen.
Admittedly, children fell in love with Princess Elsa. Thus, many wanted to dress like her. Perhaps as a mother, Charlize felt it was more important to show her love for Jackson by supporting his choice to wear what he wanted. Nevertheless, netizens offered varied reactions from bad to worse, with some criticizing Charlize’s parenting style. Others also highlighted the color of his skin. Their comments call to mind the response to #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend.
How in hell does actress Charlize Theron get away with dressing her adopted black son up as a female. pic.twitter.com/xJz7fI5s5P
— The Observation Man (@William53604792) August 24, 2016
@CharlizeAfrica this is a lil black boy, not a lil white girl with blonde hair. U need ur ass kicked 4 this
— Bridget McDonald (@marqbrit) August 24, 2016
Then again, some did offer their support.
The tweets regarding Charlize Theron's son dressing up as Elsa from frozen are disgusting, small minded and verging on homo/transphobic.
— Leon/cé (@leonslay_) August 24, 2016
As Australian Women’s Weekly pointed out, “It’s not harming anyone, so why shouldn’t she?” Thus, the publication further suggested netizens might take a lesson from the movie’s theme song and Let It Go.