You can see the 17-year-old’s Aha! moment mounting, tweet by viral tweet.
Then everyone did.
Since Sunday, when 17-year-old Alexis Isabel Moncada first tweeted her musings about an LGBT-inclusive plot line for Disney’s Frozen 2, the sequel to the 2013 blockbuster hit, the teenager’s creative hashtag has been shared online thousands of times.
“There are more than just one kind of person,” Moncada told TV station NBC 12. “To see the same story over and over about a girl and her prince charming, it’s repetitive, and it leaves so many people out and makes so many people feel alone.”
Moncado, who identifies as a bisexual Latina, said that’s how she felt as a little girl. Many on Twitter shared similar sentiments.
When Frozen first debuted in theaters, fans theorized that the underlying plot points promoted inclusion and many adopted the movie’s hit song, “Let it Go,” as a gay anthem permitting self-acceptance.
Disney has yet to respond to Moncada’s now viral Twitter campaign, but she said online that even if the company can’t give Elsa a female love interest, she hopes to see more LGBT characters in future movies.
On the heels of the teenager’s crusade, GLAAD released its annual Studio Responsibility Index Monday, a study unrelated to the specifics of Moncada’s campaign, but one that echoes many of the same core complaints.
The report tracks the number of LGBT characters and plot lines within major motion pictures produced by top film studios each year. In 2015, GLAAD found that movie makers actually regressed in some areas.
Among the 126 releases from major studios that GLAAD analyzed, just 22 included characters identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, and they were disproportionately white and male, according to the study. In 2014, 32.1 percent of LGBT characters were people of color. In 2015, that number dropped to 25.5 percent.
Seventy-seven percent of the inclusive films featured gay males. Lesbians were represented in 23 percent of the films, and bisexual characters were included in 9 percent. There was one trans-inclusive film, the study says.
And among the studios that produced the films, GLAAD named Disney as one of the worst offenders. For the first time in the report’s four year history, GLAAD reported no LGBT content in Disney’s 2015 films, according to the study.
GLAAD’s solution? Start with Star Wars.
“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 study recommends.
The possibility of a gay character coming to a galaxy near you isn’t far fetched, and perhaps more likely than Elsa getting that girlfriend.
When asked about the possibility of LGBT characters in future Star Wars movies, The Daily Beast reported, The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams responded simply: “Of course!”
“When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity,” he said. “So of course.”
He added: “To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility. So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
The next Frozen and Star Wars films won’t be released for at least a year or two, so don’t expect the fan theories to halt any time soon.
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