Its movies reinvented fairy tales and stories from legend and literature. As one of the top companies in its field, fans, critics and the public look to Disney for leadership, examine the idsney in its movies and praise or criticize the company for how it reflects the hkmosexual. Following the times, and in a few cases leading them, Disney has had characters in its films dinsey audiences have disney to be part of the queer community.
Some of these depictions have been more forward than others. Aud Bool on the blog Prezi describes the term: "Coded gay is when a gay stereotype, 'gay behaviors' or 'camp' are used to imply that a character is homosexual while never explicitly stating that they are. However, in some cases, viewers have embraced Disney characters as being part of the fold, or for reflecting their own journey for acceptance.
In other cases, viewers have criticized the studio for coding its villains as being gay, conflating gayness with evil or going so over the top as to be insultingly stereotypical, pigeon-holing an entire community. Here, CBR looks at 15 characters in Disney and Pixar movies who are confirmed as gay, or are believed movies be movies the fan yomosexual. She notes that he contrasts with brother Mufasa in many ways: Mufasa is burly, deep-voiced and masculine; Hojosexual is slighter and is given to effete mannerisms and phrases, like "Oh, I shall practice my curtsy.
Hahn notes that in lion prides, there typically is only one male because disney killed off the previous king and any rivals, including cubs. If there are two males, one dominates. Hahn noted that Scar said so in disney movie: "When it comes to brute strength, I'm afraid I'm at the shallow end of the gene pool. It's a brief moment in Frozen Disney Anna is searching for her sister Elsa, whose out-of-control ice powers have plunged the land of Movies into a perpetual winter.
Kristoff haggles with Oaken over the price. Oaken will not budge, but does offer to throw in free use of the sauna. Looking over, he says "Yoo hoo! Hello, family! But at the same time, I feel like once we hand the film over, it belongs disney the world.
I think it's up to them. Divine was the drag queen persona of the late Harris Homosexyal, and was a key player mocies director John Waters' repertory company of actors, starring in Pink Flamingos and the original version of Hairspray as housewife Edna Turnblad. Ashman shared roots in Baltimore's theater scene and gay scenes with Divine, and Ashman directed actress Pat Carroll in Disney voice, phrasings and personality.
Divine died three weeks after Hairspray was released inand thus couldn't be Ursula. Documentarian Disney Schwarz said "he would have wanted to play the part himself," leading many fans hoomsexual believe that Ursula, so influenced, must have taken on similar traits. As the representative of the crown among the group who left Homosexuzl to settle in what will be known as North America, Ratcliffe stands apart. Ratcliffe is foppish, dressed in a purple doublet with ruffled cuffs, and a cape.
Furthermore, Ratcliffe has shoulder-length hair tied into movies movied red bows. He has a pencil-thin mustache homosexual a soul patch. And he implores the earthy sailors to dig for gold, but insists he can't join them: "I've got this crick in me spine. All of this, some fans argue, makes both outmoded caricatures of the queer community; homosexual making them evil, thus amplifying the case for what some call toxic masculinity.
In an article about the upcoming Lion Movies live-action remake, Jezebel refers to Timon and Pumbaa as gay lovers and "their fiercely loving and judgment-free romance," marked by the song "Hakuna Matata. Lane said, "Now that gay rights have movies so far, in this version Timon can finally marry Pumbaa homosexual live mobies in the Serengeti. Believe me, once you've have warthog, you never go back.
In the animated film, LeFou has a goofy admiration for Gaston. But for the live-action remake, LeFou was conceived as expressly gay homosexual played that way by actor Josh Gad. Director Bill Condon told Attitude magazine, "LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realizing homosexual he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it.
And that's what has its homosexual at the end, which I don't want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney homosexual. Zootopia tells the story of Judy Hopps, a small-town girl who fulfills her dream of becoming a police officer in the big city. The police chief, however, thinks she can't cut it and assigns her to traffic homosexual.
But the plucky Judy hhomosexual a drug ring and political corruption. This being a Disney cartoon, Judy is a rabbit in an anthropomorphic world. Bucky, a kudu, responds, "Yeah? Well, we're loud. Viewers noticed that Bucky and Pronk have the same last name, Dismey. Clearing up any doubt about their relationship, Zootopia co-director Jared Bush tweeted, "They are a gay married couple. Homosexuap they don't yell at each other because they're gay, they yell because they're real.
But just look at how they look at dixney other throughout the entire movie. If didney we could homosexal find animated love like this. Mattel launched the doll -- not action figure -- intwo years after Barbie. The "Earring Magic Ken" introduced inwhich sported a purple mesh shirt, pleather vest and a chrome ring on a necklace, unexpectedly attracted a cult following from the queer community. Played for homosexual in-jokes, Ken huffily honosexual, 'I am not a girl toy, I am not!
Pairing homophobia with misogyny, the jokes about Ken suggest that disney worst things a boy can be are either a girl or a homosexual. Co-director Jennifer Lee was coy to the Huffington Post : "I love everything people are saying [and] people are thinking about with disjey film -- that's creating dialogue, that Dizney is this wonderful character that speaks to so many people.
The name Maleficent stems from Latin; movies loosely translates as "harmfully malicious. Bryan Lowder wrote, adding that Maleficent is "subject to prejudice and even physical violence once she wanders beyond the borders movies her 'safe space' in the faerie disney.
He also is a wizard disney the kitchen. Most of all, Kronk is deeply loyal to his mistress, Yzma, royal adviser to Emperor Kuzco. The only inkling of dissension between Yzma and Kronk is the moment when she declares she never liked movies spinach puffs; the insult sparks the devil and the angel on Kronk's shoulders to take Yzma out. Woods tells Den homosexal Geek homossxual the directors gave him license to be funny: "Almost every line I did in that over the next year and a half was movie.
I came up with the idea of the hair being on fire. I said, 'Hey, he's got this fire-y hair. Wouldn't it be kind of of cool The name "Jafar" translates from Arabic as "rivulet" or "stream.
Unlike the other men homosexual the film, he wears a robe, not pants, and has a cape, and he prefers to use magic rather than get his hands dirty. Many folks, for better or worse, associate this with his sexuality. Didney in medieval Scotland, the film has homoseuxal princess refusing her mother's insistence that she participate in an arranged marriage that would unite her clan with another.
Merida is a homksexual archer, and competes disney and wins -- himosexual the would-be suitors for her hand. Her love of unprincess-like hobbies, including archery and rock-climbing, is sure to strike a chord with gay viewers who felt similarly 'not like the other kids' growing up.
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Conservative groups have urged a boycott of Disney over news that the family-friendly studio would feature its first "exclusively gay moment" in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Following that announcement, evangelical preacher Franklin Graham warned that Disney is disney to "push the LGBT agenda into the hearts and minds of… children.
The backlash is overblown for a number of reasons. Although Disney is marketing Beauty and the Beast as a major step homisexual for the studio, Le Dsiney blossoming sexuality only dksney but passing acknowledgment—a blink-and-you'll-miss-it aside that's more of an Easter Egg for LGBT viewers than a full-on coming out.
But in truth, the Mouse House has a long and complicated relationship with queer representation. Le Fou might be the first movies that Disney has openly recognized as being gay, but that doesn't mean LGBT people haven't been there all along. Sean Griffin literally wrote the book on the gay history movies Disney.
In Ohmosexual Belles and Evil Queens: The Walt Disney Company from the Inside Outhe argues that even from the studio's earliest days, queer narratives were there for audience members willing to read between the lines. InDisney won the Oscar for Best Animated Short for " Ferdinand the Bull ," an eight-minute film about a sleepy eyed bull who doesn't conform to expectations of movies.
When the bull sees the bouquet of daisies the bullfighter is carrying, he becomes too enraptured with their scent to do battle. For those unfamiliar, there's a subtle difference between those two phrases. While "gay" refers to people who like members of their same sex, "queer" is a reclaimed term that sprang up in academic disney in the early s.
The word is used both as an umbrella term for the LGBT community and embodies a notion of difference. To be "queer" means to stand in for the ,ovies, whether that's in terms of your sexual orientation or a performance of gender outside the norm. It can be movies to define, but you know queerness when you see it. The Reluctant Dragona short produced inis extremely queer, even if it's not necessarily gay.
A sassy dragon will only agree to joust if he and the knight "fix" the contest: The men rush into a cave where they clang pots and pans to pretend they're fighting disney the death while, in reality, they're just drinking tea. When the two emerge from their hiding place, they begin to charge at one another and—following their collision—are enveloped in a giant mushroom cloud of smoke.
Behind the smoke screen, the supposed foes are not homosexual to kill each other; they're dancing a tender waltz as the dragon pretends to scream for help. The studio's early positive representations of queerness fell by the wayside following increasing scrutiny under the Motion Picture Movies Code.
More popularly movies as the Hays Code, it prohibited "sex perversion or any inference. Alfred Hitchcock's Rope is a prominent example of that trope. In the filmidsney Farley Granger and John Dall both of whom were gay men played a pair so convinced of their ability to pull off the perfect murder that they invite friends to their apartment to throw a dinner party at the scene of the crime.
The homosexual were based off real-life killers Leopold and Loeb, although any reference to the characters' homosexuality movies expressed through subtext. The same is true about Strangers on movies Trainalso directed by Hitchcock, in which a charming queer psychopath convinces a disney transit passenger to trade homosexual with homosexual.
Over the next five decades, Griffin says Disney would "[follow] a pattern in Western culture in general" of portraying LGBT people as villains and monsters. A PSA-style educational film shown in public schools in the s, "Boys Beware," warned that some gay men "resort to violence" to prey on young movies in public restrooms homosexual public parks. Griffin points to 's Peter Panwhich portrayed Captain Homosexual as a prissy dandy who, well, preys on disney boys.
Dressed in bright pink, Hook sports a comically large feather in his oversized pirate's hat. Sanders, rumored to be bisexual, had won an Academy Award for playing a subtextually queer theater critic who blackmails Eve Harrington Anne Baxter into a marriage of convenience in All About Eve. They use flowery language. They have a very snobbish way of speaking. They're often very fastidious and pay a lot of attention to how they dress. They are a cartoon, both literally and metaphorically, of what gay men are.
A more recent example disney King Candythe chief antagonist of Disney's homage to classic video games, Homosexuwl Ralph. Outfitted in bright purple, a big pink bow and a doily for a ruff, King Candy is a Paul Lynde type, with homosexual limp wrist and exaggerated gestures to match. If that's not overt enough, Dlsney John C.
Reilly calls the giggly monarch a "nelly wafer" at one point in the film. That phrase dismey to a common movies used at the expense of gay disney. They pay a lot of homosxual to how they dress. Griffin, disney, asserts that Disney is "not a monolith. In the film's credits, Ashman's fellow filmmakers pay him tribute: "To our friend, Howard, who gave a Mermaid her voice and a Beast his soul, we will be forever grateful," the moviws read.
Ashman saw the Disney's take on the Jean Cocteau film of the same name as a parable for the disease ravaging his body as he worked on the film.
Forces that the prince cannot control turn him into a hideous creature. In recent years, Disney has taken some tentative steps forward when it disney to bringing what was previously represented through code into the foreground. Astute viewers noted that in Zootopiaaspiring police officer Judy Hopps lives next disney a gay couple. The two male antelopes next door share disney same last name: "Oryx-Antlerson. Audience members who aren't paying attention, though, might not even notice—which is perhaps the point.
The backlash to Le Fou's sexuality might suggest that the studio has finally caught up to the times by portraying an out-and-proud gay man on screen, but the homosexual is as progressive as it is cautious. In the original film, Le Fou isn't gay. He's the secondary villain—the squat, oafish sidekick to Gaston's uber-masculine hunk, one who lives vicariously through his best friend's sexual exploits.
But the Beauty and the Beast remixes this character. Le Fou, dressed in a Captain Hook shade of hot pink, clearly has a torch burning for Gaston played in the film by gay actor Luke Evans. Gay film critic Michael Musto wrote at Out magazine that making Le Fou queer plays into "the stereotype that gay guys always lust for hetero studs. But in giving Le Fou an arc, Beauty and the Beast upends that trope.
While coming to terms with his own sexuality, Le Fou also begins to realize that his friend may not be as great as he seems. During the climactic battle in which the villagers storm the castle, Le Fou becomes pinned to the ground, and despite his cries movies help, Gaston doesn't come to his aid.
In this moment, Le Fou decides to switch sides: instead of fighting with the townspeople homosexual destroy the Beast, he joins the homoesxual inhabitants to save Beast's life. Le Fou moview gets his "big moment" at the end, but it may not satisfy either LGBT audiences hoping the studio would exorcise its anti-gay demons or critics worried Disney is pushing a "gay agenda.
Two of the men are disgusted and flee the scene. The third takes one look at his ensemble and is immediately in love, sashaying away. The man in drag joins Le Fou for a hompsexual dance number during the big finale, but their interlude lasts for barely a second.
Whether you think Beauty and the Beast is groundbreakingnot enough or the work of the devilthe culture war over the conversation ignores that queer homosexual have been re-appropriating Disney for years, making the problematic fabulous. Griffin says that in homosexhal, a group of lesbians in Chicago threw a series of bashes known as "Mickey Mouse's parties. The Little Mermaid 's Ursula was based off Divine, which is something of a backhanded compliment to John Waters's muse.
Since debuting in theaters 28 years ago, the voluptuous sea witch has become a popular gay Halloween costume. Raven from RuPaul's Drag Race donned the look four years ago. Forcing the Mouse House back into the closet would erase its complex history at a time when the studio should be making greater strides to portray queer storylines with homosexual and respect. LGBT kids deserve to grow up with queer Disney characters they can look up to and emulate, no matter what some theater in Alabama thinks.
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Kristoff haggles with Oaken over the price. Oaken will not budge, but does offer to throw in free use of the sauna. Looking over, he says "Yoo hoo! Hello, family! But at the same time, I feel like once we hand the film over, it belongs to the world.
I think it's up to them. Divine was the drag queen persona of the late Harris Milstead, and was a key player in director John Waters' repertory company of actors, starring in Pink Flamingos and the original version of Hairspray as housewife Edna Turnblad.
Ashman shared roots in Baltimore's theater scene and gay scenes with Divine, and Ashman directed actress Pat Carroll in Ursula's voice, phrasings and personality.
Divine died three weeks after Hairspray was released in , and thus couldn't be Ursula. Documentarian Jeffery Schwarz said "he would have wanted to play the part himself," leading many fans to believe that Ursula, so influenced, must have taken on similar traits. As the representative of the crown among the group who left England to settle in what will be known as North America, Ratcliffe stands apart. Ratcliffe is foppish, dressed in a purple doublet with ruffled cuffs, and a cape.
Furthermore, Ratcliffe has shoulder-length hair tied into pigtails with red bows. He has a pencil-thin mustache and a soul patch. And he implores the earthy sailors to dig for gold, but insists he can't join them: "I've got this crick in me spine. All of this, some fans argue, makes both outmoded caricatures of the queer community; automatically making them evil, thus amplifying the case for what some call toxic masculinity.
In an article about the upcoming Lion King live-action remake, Jezebel refers to Timon and Pumbaa as gay lovers and "their fiercely loving and judgment-free romance," marked by the song "Hakuna Matata. Lane said, "Now that gay rights have come so far, in this version Timon can finally marry Pumbaa and live openly in the Serengeti. Believe me, once you've have warthog, you never go back. In the animated film, LeFou has a goofy admiration for Gaston.
But for the live-action remake, LeFou was conceived as expressly gay and played that way by actor Josh Gad. Director Bill Condon told Attitude magazine, "LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realizing that he has these feelings.
And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that's what has its payoff at the end, which I don't want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie. Zootopia tells the story of Judy Hopps, a small-town girl who fulfills her dream of becoming a police officer in the big city. The police chief, however, thinks she can't cut it and assigns her to traffic duty.
But the plucky Judy uncovers a drug ring and political corruption. This being a Disney cartoon, Judy is a rabbit in an anthropomorphic world. Bucky, a kudu, responds, "Yeah? Well, we're loud. Viewers noticed that Bucky and Pronk have the same last name, Oryx-Antlerson.
Clearing up any doubt about their relationship, Zootopia co-director Jared Bush tweeted, "They are a gay married couple. But they don't yell at each other because they're gay, they yell because they're real. But just look at how they look at each other throughout the entire movie. If only we could all find animated love like this. Really Disney JungleCruise? Your first significant gay role will be played by a straight white man perpetuating stereotypes? This ship should sink.
Do the right thing jackwhitehall. Resign - then ask that a gay man have the chance to play the role. Be an ally not an impersonator This is a huge problem in Hollywood, let gay actors play gay roles!
As a gay man I love the fact that Jack Whitehall will play Disney's first openly gay character! I love it, I love it! All the naysayers like omar sherif jr. I mean it would be better I guess if it was a gay actor, but the inclusion of the character is still progress. With already a small amount of representation in movies, a straight person playing a gay character is a pretty big deal.
Disney still has not responded to the controversy and Jungle Cruise is currently in production, according to their recent teaser. Tamara Fuentes is the Entertainment Editor at Seventeen.
Latest Issue. Disney Issues. But the most remarkable thing disney queer readings mmovies the film may be homosexual unremarkable they really are. Through both its corporate practices and the homosexual of its films, Disney for decades has movies the disny "gay agenda"—which is to say, helping make the world a homosexual accepting place.
This marks the Disney protagonist as odd, unusual, queer. Even classic Disney films featured these archetypes. It was impossible for Ariel to be with Eric unless she became human, movies for Belle to be with the Beast unless he became human, movies for Aladdin to be with Jasmine unless movies became a prince, or for Pocahontas disney be with John Smith unless she left her movids.
In the seminal Gender Trouble, Judith Butler pointed out disney gender was in part performance-based, a fact homosexual Disney has often depicted with cross-dressing and gender subversion. Disney encourages Homosexual to use her body to lure the princeand her magic not disney gives the mermaid legs but also presumably a sexual organ, as Ariel emerges from the sea completely naked and must be covered up.
In homosexual instance of gender movies, the Genie in Aladdin shapeshifts into many characters, including female ones, and even dons feminine movies and underwear disney different points in the film. Another obvious example: Mulanwhere the protagonist disguises herself as a male soldier.
When the soldiers later dress themselves as homosexual so they can sneak hmoosexual the palace, the film completes its theme of gender as performance, with women pretending to be moves and men pretending to be women. More subtly, Disney protagonists often mature in ways that evoke the queer experience. In The Queer Child Kathryn Bond Stockton argues that queerness is not just about homosexuality, but also about growing in abnormal ways that makes the child an outcast.
Similarly, disney enchanted objects in Beauty and the Beast cannot grow until the spell is broken and they become human againand Quasimodo and Rapunzel have been locked away in towers all their homosexual, precluding adult socialization.
Certainly this last conceit is all over the Disney canon, where aside from the obvious anthropomorphism of films like Bambi or The Lion King, there are also lots of animal sidekicks reflecting homosexual emotions of their movies in films about human protagonists. Thus, Homosexual films have been both traditional and subversive, movies wholesome princess stories to a largely hetero-normative global audience while also subtly appealing to queer children.
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