When 17-year-old Alexis Isabel Moncada first tweeted her musings about an LGBT-inclusive plot line for Disney’s Frozen 2, the sequel to the 2013 blockbuster hit, little did this teenager know that her creative #GiveElsaAGirlfriend would be shared online thousands of times, according to a report on The Washington Post.
I hope Disney makes Elsa a lesbian princess imagine how iconic that would be
Fav this if @Disney should make Elsa from @FrozenBroadway an iconic lesbian queen
Dear @Disney, #GiveElsaAGirlfriend
Everyone tweet @Disney to #GiveElsaAGirlfriend
LGBT refers to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders.
“There are more than just one kind of person,” Moncada told TV station NBC 12, according to the report posted on the US paper’s online edition on Tuesday, May 3 (Wednesday, May 4, in Manila).
“To see the same story over and over about a girl and her prince charming, it’s repetitive, and it leaves so many people out and makes so many people feel alone,” said Moncada.
The report said that Moncada, who identifies as a bisexual Latina, said that’s how she felt as a little girl. Many on Twitter shared similar sentiments.
#giveelsaagirlfriend , because some princesses just like other princesses, and that’s okay.
Percival J. Bailey
#GiveElsaAGirlfriend because lgbt kids need to know they are normal too
#GiveElsaAGirlfriend show that it’s okay not to be straight ❤️
When “Frozen” was first shown in theaters, fans thought that the underlying plot pointed to promoted inclusion and many adopted the movie’s hit song, “Let it Go,” as a gay anthem permitting self-acceptance, the report said.
Disney has yet to respond to Moncada’s now viral Twitter campaign, but she said online that even if the company couldn’t give Elsa a female love interest, she was hoping to see more LGBT characters in future movies, according to the report.
On the heels of the teenager’s crusade, GLAAD has released its annual Studio Responsibility Index, a study unrelated to the specifics of Moncada’s campaign, but one that echoes many of the same core complaints, according to the Washington Post report.
The research tracks the number of LGBT characters and plot lines within major motion pictures produced by top film studios each year.
In 2015, GLAAD found that movie makers actually regressed in some areas, the report said.
Among the 126 releases from major studios that GLAAD analyzed, just 22 included characters identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, and they were disproportionately white and male, according to the study, it said.
In 2014, 32.1 percent of LGBT characters were people of color. In 2015, that number dropped to 25.5 percent.
Seventy-seven percent of the inclusive films featured gay males. Lesbians were represented in 23 percent of the films, and bisexual characters were included in 9 percent.
There was one trans-inclusive film, the study says.
And among the studios that produced the films, GLAAD named Disney as one of the worst offenders, the Washington Post report said.
For the first time in the report’s four-year history, GLAAD reported no LGBT content in Disney’s 2015 films, according to the study.
GLAAD’s solution? Start with “Star Wars”.
“As sci-fi projects have the special opportunity to create unique worlds whose advanced societies can serve as a commentary on our own, the most obvious place where Disney could include LGBT characters is in the upcoming eighth Star Wars film,” the study recommends.
The possibility of a gay character coming to a galaxy near you isn’t far-fetched, and perhaps more likely than Elsa getting that girlfriend.
When asked about the possibility of LGBT characters in future Star Wars movies, The Post quoted The Daily Beast as saying that “The Force Awakens” director JJ Abrams responded simply: “Of course!”
“When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity,” he said. “So of course.”
He added: “To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility. So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”