Brazilian minister warns ‘Frozen’ turning girls into lesbians in much-mocked video
Despite taking fire on social media for comments accusing Disney’s ‘Frozen’ of being homosexual propaganda, Brazil’s Human Rights Minister Damares Alves just won’t let it go in the fight over gender identity.
Alves offered her controversial crossover fan theory about the Disney film princesses Elsa and Sleeping Beauty in a video which was recorded last year, but went viral on social media Saturday.
"You know why she only ends up alone in an ice castle, because she is a lesbian!” Alves explained, warning that the animated heroine would return to awaken Sleeping Beauty with a “lesbian kiss.”
The person in this video is Bolsonaro's Minister of Human Rights, Family and Women, @DamaresAlves. She warns that the Princess in Frozen lives alone in an ice castle because...she's a lesbian, & plans to awaken Sleeping Beauty with a "gay kiss," a "very grave" situation for kids: https://t.co/xgmb0255x8— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 13, 2019
She went on to lament how while she had once “dreamed about [her] prince,” today’s Disney films are teaching young girls to wait for princess charming.
Her concern may not be pure speculation: there have been rumors and discussion among the film’s production team about Queen Elsa “coming out” in the yet-unreleased 2019 sequel.
Nonetheless, mocking responses to the minister's video across social media were extensive. Some ironically commented that Alves had given a “spoiler” of the real ending of Frozen 2, while others said that Disney producers should take note of her “suggestion.”
Vazou o final de Frozen II após o spoiler da Damares Bela Adormecida pic.twitter.com/tOcwMSf1g9— Markos Oliveira 🍦🌈 (@MarkosOliveira) May 11, 2019
However, that sounds like an AWESOME idea for the sequel. I'd pay money to see that.— Elliot Osbourne (@MisterKeitel) May 13, 2019
There were also commenters who saw her statement in a much more serious light, arguing her words were stimulating hatred, some calling her “unbalanced” and “deranged.”
In this video, Minister Alves is not being ironic or satirical. She's built her career on such derangement. She's earnestly issuing an urgent warning about coded lesbianism in children's entertainment as evidenced by the romantic designs Frozen's Princess has for Sleeping Beauty.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 13, 2019
Pimenta. Vamos denunciar essa atrocidade internacionalmente. Essa senhora não tem as mínimas condições de ocupar o cargo que ocupa. Como se não bastasse todo o tipo de preconceitos que essas pessoas sofrem. Agora aparece essa senhora desequilibrada estimulando mais ódio.— Prof. Sergio Lula. Banqueiros com 42% 💰 é justo? (@DonSergiones) May 11, 2019
Responding to the flak on Instagram, Alves expressed surprise her comments were seen as controversial, arguing that her goal is to protect children from exposure to sexualized messaging.
“My criticism is known to all, I am criticizing the attempted interference of gender ideologists in our children’s identities,” adding that children need play with toys and study rather than thinking about gender and sexuality.
Critics have linked her comments to the attitudes of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro toward the LGBT community. In March, during Brazil’s annual Carnival, Bolsonaro tweeted a video a man urinating on another man commenting that “This is what many street Carnival groups have become,” which was widely interpreted to be a homophobic dig.
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