Year of Origin: Twitter
Platform of Origin: 2016
The Wound: According to GLAAD, LGBT representation in recent Disney films (to which the Marvel Cinematic Universe belongs) is statistically non-existent. Their report reads that “In 2015, Walt Disney Studios released 11 films, of which 0 included appearances by LGBT people, amounting to 0%.” Frozen offered a new type of Disney princess for audiences to enjoy – one who didn’t want or need a male figure in her life to fulfill her. Elsa’s independence and staunch opposition to quick love and marriage was an opening to a consideration for a princess who perhaps didn’t want a prince and would have instead preferred a princess. Fans quickly jumped on the opportunity for this narrative to bend in another direction and towards fair representation in Disney films for children, within two days the hashtag had over 10,000 tweets.
Narrative Bender (leading figure or figures behind the movement)
Alexis Moncada, a 17 year old fan of Disney’s Frozen started this movement Saturday, April 30, 2016.
While she didn’t generate a creative work to contribute to the movement, the actress and award-winning singer who played the role of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen, Idina Menzel, offered support for the movement. This was energizing to the movement’s participants and often cited in subsequent social media posts.
Disney has often been cited as a formative narrative experience for children in the past sixty years. If a child can see that romance takes a variety of shapes and that queer romance, in particular, is acceptable and still positive and heroic, that could inform their sense of self-worth and provide a more diverse conceptualization of experiences awaiting them as adults. This is my take on the new narrative that #GiveElsaAGirlfriend would provide, but perhaps the Tweets say it best.