Twitter campaign calls on producers to use Frozen 2 to reveal that blockbusters heroine is a lesbian
Twitter users are calling for Disney to give its Frozen heroine Elsa a girlfriend in the blockbusters keenly anticipated sequel.
The record-breaking and critically acclaimed 2013 animated film tells of Princess Elsas struggle to master her magical powers to reconnect with her sister Anna.
It was widely construed as the studios first foray into feminism because it eschewed a traditional happy-ever-after with a prince in favour of sisterly devotion.
Now Twitter users have called upon Disney to give Elsa a girlfriend in Frozen 2, which is currently in production.
Alexis Isabel was the first to use the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend on Sunday, tagging the studio in her tweet. It has since been retweeted more than 1,500 times.
The hashtag later trended thanks to messages of support for wider representation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in popular culture.
Reimagining or remixing Disney characters, particularly princesses, to reflect different genders, races, sexualities, even bodies is a staple of internet culture.
If the studio gives in to demand and were not likely to know, one way or another, until Frozen 2 is released Elsa would be its first openly gay heroine.
At the time of its release Frozen was construed by some conservative as to be a vehicle for the gay agenda, with a pastor denouncing it as very evil on a Christian radio show in Colorado.
This was prompted because of a blink-and-youll-miss-it cutaway to a father and children in a sauna but the Frozens takeaway message of self-acceptance were read by some as an analogy for coming out.
Its Academy Award-winning theme song, Let It Go tattooed on both the popular consciousness and that of any parents of young children in 2013 was adopted as a LGBT anthem.
Asked about a perceived undertone of homosexuality in the film, writer and co-director Jennifer Lee told the Big Issue, We know what we made. But at the same time I feel like once we hand the film over, it belongs to the world, so I dont like to say anything, and let the fans talk. I think its up to them.
Frozen 2 was announced earlier this year, with both Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel confirmed to appear, and is slated for release before 2018. Were not demanding speed, Robert Iger said in January. Were demanding excellence.