Baptist professor says Frozen’s Elsa is Satanic
Elsa might be the most marvelously feminist Disney princess ever, and Frozen is without question the most feminist Disney movie ever. Naturally, this galls some people. From the Guardian:
A Southern Baptist university professor in Texas is suggesting that Disney’s animated feature Frozen, now doing well at the box office and just nominated for two Academy Awards, “might be the most Christian movie that I have seen this year”. In fact, [Collin Garbarino] says, it may be “a better allegory for the Christian gospel than CS Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” – borderline blasphemy for many believers.
Frozen, Garbarino argues, also echoes images of hell in both Dante’s Inferno and Milton’s Paradise Lost. In Dante’s hell, instead of the expected vision of a fiery pit, lies a frozen wasteland. Garbarino notes that Elsa, like Satan, yearns for complete freedom when she sings the Oscar-nominated song, Let It Go.
“No right, no wrong, no rules for me. I’m free!” she croons. “Disney depicts Elsa’s fall in a manner consistent with the western literary tradition’s picture of humanity’s descent into sin,” wrote Garbarino on his blog. “We call license ‘freedom,’ and it enslaves us. Luckily for Elsa, a redeemer is coming to rescue her instead of leaving her trapped in her frozen hell.”
Read that again: A woman who yearns to be herself and no longer be constrained by stifling conformity and other people’s fears of her natural humanity — you could even say “her God-given talent,” if you believe in that sort of thing — is not just sinful but evil.
Also: “No right, no wrong, no rules for me. I’m free!” does not appear in the lyrics to “Let It Go.” Not in any interpretation of the lyrics, not by any stretch of the imagination. (Oops, those lyrics actually do appear in the song.)
Are women who refuse to follow narrow rules about what makes a “good girl” instantly transformed into immoral she-beasts?
Read Garbarino’s full essay at his site.