Is Frozen sexist against men? Is that a question you have ever asked yourself or, upon hearing it now, is that a question that you care about at all? Fox News has and Fox News does!
During a recent episode of Fox & Friends, host Steve Doocy gave a platform to Penny Young Nance, the CEO of Concerned Women for America, to reveal why she is very concerned this week: "Are movies like the Disney smash-hit about an ice queen and her sister empowering our girls by turning our men into fools and villains?"
If it doesn’t seem like we’re taking the so-called “Frozen Effect” seriously, it’s just because we’re not.
But here’s what Penny Young Nance has to say anyway, because why not? “Hollywood in general has often sent the message that men are stupid, in the way, and if they contribute anything to the family, it’s a paycheck,” she tries to argue. “The question for us as moms is when we bring our daughters to see Frozen, or whatever the movie is, we often have our little boys sitting there, and is this message helpful?”
The main male characters in the movie are: Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff), the quirky love interest who is predominantly used with in the plot to help our protagonist, Anna, on her quest. And Hans (Santino Fontana), the villain who seduces others to do his bidding. (Olaf doesn’t count because he’s a snowman.)
Basically, the roles women usually play in movies.
“We don’t have to empower women at the cost of tearing down men,” Nance continues. We should “encourage masculinity and not villainize masculinity,” she still continues. She links her argument back to the Aurora, Colo. theatre shooting (???) and then keeps continuing to say her group is “the women’s group who loves men. Real men.”
(The “real men” comment is actually sexist, but we have a feeling menimist and the women who love them won’t care.)
“It would be nice for Hollywood to have more male figures in those kinds of movies,” Doocy agrees at one point, seemingly not finding in his pre-show research that men have been the leads in movies for always.
“We want them to know that they’re essential,” Nance concernedly pleads to the Fox News watching public. “We want to raise heroes. We want to raise real men that will stick in their families and be great dads and be great providers and great husbands.”
Ugh, go take your kid to see American Sniper, Fox News mom. You’ll love it.
Here’s your first look Elsa planning Anna’s birthday in the short Frozen Fever!