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March 24, 2014

‘Frozen’ is nothing but a cute movie for children

Somerset — I come from the era of vinyl records. Back then folks looking for the subversive accused bands of planting “messages” in their songs that could be heard when the record was played in reverse.

Led Zeppelin’s classic “Stairway to Heaven” allegedly hissed “I Am the Devil” when you spun your turn table the wrong way.

All I heard was something that sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher. And the result was usually a scratched LP.

Come to think of it ... why would anyone play a record backwards anyway?

Now that we are in the digital age, conspiracy theorists are attacking our childrens’ favorite movies, TV shows and videos.

The latest target is the heartwarming Disney film “Frozen.” The tale, quite simply, is about two sisters — one whose strange powers she struggles to keep in check; the other who loves her sister despite the danger of their relationship.

It’s sweet. It has a happy ending.

And it has a theme song that my little girl sings gleefully day and night. And one that I cannot get out of my head for the life of me.

But some people believe the movie is “promoting a gay agenda” and even claim it has undertones of bestiality.

Evidently the hubbub began when Kathryn Skaggs, whose grandchildren dragged her to see the film, dropped her bombshell in her blog “A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman.”

The film industry's "very best talent" had been enlisted "to allow liberalism to indoctrinate children" — more specifically to brainwash youngsters into accepting same-sex behavior as normal and maybe make them gay themselves, she says.

Skaggs sees "gay messaging" in the character of Elsa, the movie's troubled snow queen, whose magical power of being able to create snow and ice leads to her being ostracized by her subjects and even by her family — the equivalent, Skaggs suggests, of the "demonization of homosexuals by society." And to give Elsa a happy ending, in which she is accepted for what she is, for Skaggs constitutes more of the film's gay agenda. Furthermore, her lack of interest in dating is a dead giveaway.

Colorado pastor Kevin Swanson fanned the flames by proclaiming the film “evil” on his popular Christian radio show.

"You wonder sometimes if there's something very evil happening here," Swanson told his listeners. "I wonder if people are thinking: 'You know, I think this cute little movie is going to indoctrinate my five-year-old to be a lesbian or treat homosexuality or bestiality in a light sort of way.'"

Bestiality?

Evidently Swanson — whose imagination runs a lot wilder than mine ever could — says male character Kristoff is way too affectionate with his reindeer Sven.

Makes you wonder about Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, doesn’t it?

This isn’t the first time children’s entertainment icons have been accused of pushing the “gay agenda.” There was talk of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie being a gay couple. After all, they do share a home together. And Spongebob is a little too chummy with Patrick. And who can forget Jerry Falwell’s claim that Teletubbie Tinky Winky was homosexual?

And of course there’s that purple dinosaur Barney. I never got the impression that sexual orientation figured into the Barney universe. Annoying? Definitely. Gay? I don’t see it.

Maybe these folks who strive to police our televisions and Blu Ray players are well-intentioned. Maybe they just overthink things.

But sometimes there is no hidden agenda. “Frozen” is a nice family film suitable for anyone. That’s it.

In my view, the message from the anti-Disney faction is way more frightening that anything the entertainment wizards could muster. The message from people like Swanson and Skaggs is that it’s OK to be a bigot. And you should definitely teach your children that if you’re gay, there’s something terribly wrong with you.

I would think a message of tolerance and love for our fellow man — no matter what their sexual orientation — would be the acceptable goal for all people. Especially Christians.

I think people who analyze these films and TV shows with such a critical eye (and sometimes with their minds in the gutter) should follow Elsa’s advice:

“Let it go, let it go.”

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