Here's What Idina Menzel Thinks About the Campaign to Give Elsa a Girlfriend in the "Frozen" Sequel
By Lauren Brown
After the monster success of 2013's "Frozen," it's no surprise that a highly anticipated sequel is currently in production and scheduled for a release sometime before 2018. Details of where the next installment will take sisters Anna and Queen Elsa are tightly under wraps, but one fan by the name of Alexis Moncada has an idea — and her tweet to Disney suggesting how things should unfold has taken the Internet by storm.
The support that Moncada has received in her campaign to give Elsa a girlfriend has been astounding — and truth is, she is on to something. The Disney-owned series "Once Upon a Time" has already portrayed a same-sex relationship (Mulan is in love with Aurora on the show) and "Frozen" ended with Queen Elsa single and quite content that she overcame the destruction her powers caused without a man there to help. She didn't have a prince make a dramatic rescue, kiss her back to life, or break a spell with his proposal...you get the idea. It was an important message, one that showed young girls that they can be fiercely strong and independent and not a damsel in distress.
Moncada explained to MTV that growing up she never saw princesses fall in love with other princesses, even though she did watch them fall for beasts and ogres. "Many in the LGBT community view ['Frozen'] as a metaphor for the experience of coming out and accepting who you are," she says. "Yet Elsa, the film's protagonist, will probably end up with a male prince or king in the upcoming 'Frozen' sequel. 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."
The hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend immediately prompted fans to start envisioning what Elsa's relationship with a woman could look like and what it would mean to them:
Other memes—like this one below—reinforce why giving Elsa a girlfriend makes perfect sense:
And some tweets are just important reminders of the hope Disney could spread to anyone out there who struggles with their own sexuality or the sexuality of their loved ones if Elsa does indeed come out:
#GiveElsaAGirlfriend cuz damn if there was representation when I was a kid I would have known that luv isn't only between a guy and girl— Gabrielle (@gabrielledianaa) May 2, 2016
#GiveElsaAGirlfriend— chelsea (@McDebnam) May 1, 2016
Because I want this:
Kid: so you have two mommies?
my kid: yes
Kid: so like Elsa & ___
my kid: yes
Kid: that's cool!
UPDATE: There's been no response from Disney yet, but we'll be anxiously awaiting to hear if they do decide to take this huge step. For what it's worth, Idina Menzel — the voice of Elsa — told Entertainment Tonight at the Billboard Music Awards that she's all for it. "I think it’s great," she said. "Disney's just gotta contend with that. I’ll let them figure that out. No matter what, [Elsa] changed my life."
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