Did You Know That 'Frozen' is Unfair to Men & Bad for Young Boys?
by Ethan Anderton
February 5, 2015
If you've been paying attention to movies lately, you know that men are constantly being depicted unfairly as being bumbling idiots or tyrannical villains. When's the last time you saw a movie showing a handsome man as the hero? Meanwhile, women are having all the fun, taking all the meaty roles in Hollywood, winning all the awards, and every single superhero movie out there is taken by a female. Well, this seems to be because of something called "The Frozen Effect," named for the Disney animated film Frozen from 2013 where two sisters take the lead, while the major male roles are relegated to an oafish ice salesman or an awful phony lover. This is a problem, and it's dissected with flawless logic and awareness below. Watch!
And in case you were wondering if this is just a Disney problem, Penny Nance, the CEO of Concerned Women for America, clarifies that this is a huge issue that could destroy our kids:
"It’s not just Disney, but Hollywood in general has often sent the message that men are superfluous, that they’re stupid, that they’re in the way, and if they contribute anything to a family, it’s a paycheck. And that is not true, and it’s not good social science."
All right, I can't even keep up this ridiculous charade anymore. How is this even a legitimate story taking up airtime? Put aside the fact that all cable news networks, not just Fox News, are desperate to fill their 24-hour cycle with anything and everything to appease their viewers. This isn't even something that is a valid concern. Even if you believe Frozen has some kind of hidden agenda to kick men off their pedestal, this is a single film out of literally hundreds, that are produced by Hollywood each year. And in most of them, men take the lead, as the hero and the villain most of the time. So where the hell is this coming from?
And if that wasn't enough, this shortsighted, dimwitted talking head adds (via SlashFilm):
"The question for us as moms, is when we bring our daughter to see ‘Frozen,’ or whatever the movie is, we often have our little boy sitting there, and is this message helpful? We want them to know that they’re essential. We want to raise heroes. We want to raise real men that will stick in their families and be great dads and great providers and great husbands."
Again, this is a single film that lets females be the strong characters who end up not needing the men to take care of them or solve their problems. But even so, in Frozen, Kristoff still tries to save Anna, which sounds like a pretty strong hero figure to me. Even this silly snowman Olaf is willing to melt just so he can keep Anna safe. Those sounds like pretty strong male characters to me. But even if they weren't how is it all of a sudden more important to empower men than it is to let women take the spotlight in films just as often as men? Do we not want to raise women who are heroes or that will be great mothers, providers and wives?
And by the way, just to prove that Fox News mannequin Steve Doocy has no idea what he's talking about, he says that Frozen is "coming out in a little bit," and this report is from yesterday. He doesn't even know that the movie came out in the fall of 2013. It's mindblowing to me that Doocy says, "It would be nice for Hollywood to have more male figures in those kind of movies as heroes." Oh, you mean like the hundreds of other movies that movie studios release every single year? Yeah, what a perfect world that would be. But then what would you complain about Steve Doocy? For some perspective, here Chris Hayes at MSNBC:
But don't worry, most of the general public doesn't seem to be as stupid as Doocy. And as audiences have proven with box office successes like Lucy, The Hunger Games, Divergent and more, audiences want more strong female characters alongside their male heroes. There is no "Frozen Effect," and movies that introduce us to strong female figures won't suddenly make our growing boys any less empowered. You know what will ruin your children though? Letting them watch 24-hour cable news, whether it's Fox News, MSNBC, or CNN, just stay away from it all and go play outside. What do you think of this nonsense?