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It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small And the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all
Congratulations Disney’s Frozen: winner at the 86th Annual Academy Awards!
There are 5 types of fear
3. 14 missed calls from mom
4. Username or password is incorrect
5. “We need to talk”
In an ideal dream world where Ellen Page and I are married and living next door to Beyoncé, no queer person would feel the need to come out. Of course, in an ideal world, nobody’s sexuality would be assumed to be heterosexual at all times.
As a heterosexual person, you might not care that [Ellen Page] is a lesbian. You might think it’s a shame she feels like she has to tell the world. But here’s the thing.
She wasn’t doing it for you.
If you are straight and white, your entire life has existed in a bubble of heterosexual representation everywhere your heterosexual eyes have looked.
Almost every character on almost every television show or movie is a representation of you. Almost every beautiful successful person in movies and television is a (much more beautiful) representation of you, or at least pretends to be.
Ellen Page telling the world she is gay means that there are now kids (and Rebecca Shaw’s) in small towns or big towns or homophobic families everywhere who can see themselves in one more cool, young, successful, seemingly-happy queer person.
Elsa is the Snow Queen; she could easily be perceived as a villain, but that’s not who she is. She’s extremely complicated and misunderstood. She actually banishes herself from her home to avoid hurting others, and in return, she finds the liberation to celebrate who she is.
With the female empowerment, what I take from the character for myself, and where Elsa and I meet, is wrestling with being a strong, powerful, extraordinary woman. Also, we worry about having to hide that, in fear of hurting other people. I understand and relate to that. I think as women, the smarter and more powerful we are, the more it can be threatening and alienating to other people, more than with men. That’s something we need to support each other with.
I thought about it a lot when I was younger, more than I do now. Now I celebrate who I am, and what I’m doing. When I was younger, I never wanted my friends to think I was showing off. That’s why I think it’s great for kids to see this movie. Everything’s always about being homogenized, and following in a group. The people who stand out always have the most problems. So the more we have those messages out here about the people who are struggling with something, or are different or gifted, as well as the opportunity to give them a platform to celebrate that, is the stronger way to go.
- Idina Menzel