‘Star Wars’ And ‘Frozen’ Fans Are Hoping For Some LGBT Love In Sequels

ABC's hit Sunday night show Once Upon A Time just recently had Dorothy from Wizard of Oz lock lips and hearts with Red of Little Red Riding Hood fame.  Fans went crazy both from the left and from the right. In our coverage of the occurrence, we saw happy and sad ABC fans. 

What if you tackled one of the biggest franchises in movie history, Star Wars, and one of the most successful animated movies of all time, Frozen, and gave viewers a chance to see a gay romance? 
Here's the fight for Arendelle's ruler to have a female love interest.

'Frozen' fans ask disney for gay Elsa and others beg the studio not to consider trending hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend

Apparently, “Frozen” fans aren’t going to “Let It Go,” Disney — they really want Elsa to be gay.

Or, at least many do. #GiveElsaAGirlfriend became a trending topic on Twitter Monday morning, which almost immediately seemed to divide the social media network.

Those campaigning for such a plot want to see LGBT representation from a major character in a Disney movie — particularly a princess. Plus, “Let It Go” is already such an anthem in the community, and “Frozen” is already one of the more progressive Disney movies to-date.

Those against such a move seem to be protesting on grounds that “Frozen” is a children’s movie, and not the appropriate vehicle to take such a stance.

Below is a combination of those for, and those against the grass roots campaign.  – thewrap.com



And what about the argument for a gay character in Star Wars?  These fans and GLAAD don't seem as demanding as the previous fans.  They realize Elsa was written as a lesbian, they just want her to find love, but whn it comes to Star Wars, they just want a character. 

Star Wars" should introduce gay or lesbian characters into the franchise, GLAAD urges in a new report.

The push comes as part of the anti-defamation group's studio responsibility index, an annual survey of depictions of LGBT characters in major studio releases. Disney, which owns "Star Wars" creator LucasFilm, was one of two studios to feature no gay or lesbian characters in any of their films last year. The other was Paramount.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was praised for featuring a female and an African-American protagonist, but GLAAD says that the diversity push needs to be more expansive. It wants "Star Wars: Episode VIII," currently shooting in London, to wave the rainbow flag, too.

"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 report reads. "2015's 'The Force Awakens' has introduced a new and diverse central trio, which allows the creators opportunity to tell fresh stories as they develop their backstory. Recent official novels in the franchise featured lesbian and gay characters that could also be easily written into the stories."

The lack of diversity on the big screen has inspired fierce debate around the entertainment industry, with some of the conversation stemming from the Oscars' recent failure to nominate actors of color. Despite the chatter, when it comes to LGBT characters, GLAAD found that little progress has been made. Of the 126 major studio releases last year, only 22 of them — or 17.5% — featured LGBT characters. That was the same percentage of characters that appeared in films in 2014. – chicagotribune.com

There's more to read at chicagotribune.com where they mention the not so great LGBT characters in movies.

"It is not enough for LGBT characters to simply be present; rather, these characters must be crafted thoughtfully and better reflect the full diversity of the LGBT community," said GLAAD President/CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement. "Leaving LGBT people out of the picture — or including them only as a punchline — keeps old prejudices alive and creates an unsafe environment, not only here in America, but around the world where most audiences see these depictions." – chicagotribune.com

I think that last quote sums it up.

What are your thoughts?


h/t : hewrap.com  Movies | By Tony Maglio on May 2, 2016 @ 7:24 am Follow @tonymaglio


chicagotribune.com (Variety)


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