"I dont care what they're going to say..."
Could the lyrics to "Let It Go" actually be about coming out? They might, if some Frozen fans get their way.
After Disney earned a failing grade on GLAAD's recent LGBT report card—which rates same-sex representation in films—the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend started trending on Twitter, invented by a user named Alexis Isabel Moncada as a way to try to convince the studio to make Frozen 2 a little more progressive.
"I hope Disney makes Elsa a lesbian princess," she wrote. "imagine how iconic that would be."
It wasn't long before the hashtag blew up, with fans quickly joining the campaign to give the Queen of Arendelle a same-sex partner, and with her, hope to all the young girls out there who feeling isolated and confused about their identity.
A few hours ago, Moncada posted a letter on MTV.com that beautifully explains what prompted her to send out her tweet in the first place. "Growing up, I never saw a princess fall in love with another princess—and neither have girls growing up right now," she explained. "The entertainment industry has given us girls who have fallen in love with beasts, ogres who fall for humans, and even grown women who love bees. But we've never been able to see the purity in a queer relationship."
She's not wrong.
Moncada went on to explain that many in the LGBT community already view Frozen as a metaphor for the experience of coming out and accepting who you are. "Yet Elsa, the film's protagonist, will probably end up with a male prince or king in the upcoming Frozen sequel," she lamented. "These thoughts soon drenched my mind and pushed me to tweet about how 'iconic' it would be if Frozen's Elsa were cast alongside a princess instead."
It's a pretty brilliant idea, and one that Moncada—who says she didn't even know what being gay really meant until the Katy Perry song "I Kissed a Girl" came out and started conversations among her friends and family—feels very strongly about. "Elsa is so much more than a poster image—for me and for every girl who has and will watch Frozen," she explained. "Giving young girls the chance to understand that a princess can love another princess the same way Cinderella loved her Prince Charming is vital to their development. No one deserves to feel isolated and confused about who they are. All we need is someone to show us that there are other options, other kinds of princesses, and other ways to have the happy ending that you deserve."
Are you listening, Disney?