If you know and like Frozen, especially if you’re as fond of it as I am, chances are you’re aware there’s an “anti-Frozen” fandom. If you regularly hang out on Tumblr, there’s no way you can’t know. They call themselves the “antifreezeteam” and they’ve got quite an attitude, particularly that they own a certain portion of the site. They believe they have the right to dictate who can and can’t post in certain areas on the site. They also seem to think “good” and “bad” are factual, not subjective and born out of opinion. I don’t have an issue with their dislike/hatred of the movie. Heaven knows the amount of movies I don’t like. I have an issue with their attitude.
I’m not anti-Frozen (duh), but I am anti-Elsanna, though I don’t scream about it because I find it easier to just stay away. I don’t like incestuous ships. However, I’ve got a particular issue with the Elsanna fandom.
I know the internet is a world of craziness and insanity. Believe me, I don’t come to the internet with the expectation of finding common sense. Thus, I’m well aware there are thousands of weird ships out there. That’s fine. The reason I particularly dislike the Elsanna fandom is because many, if not all, of them insist Elsa and Anna having a romantic relationship is canon when it is not.
I have seen these people insist Elsa and Anna are romantically in love because they so much as looked in each other’s direction. I don’t know about anyone else, but I find the idea of merely looking at your sibling being considered a sign of romantic feelings for them to be disturbing.
There also seems to be the idea if you do something nice for someone, it means you are in love with them, especially if what you’re doing for them is a big thing, like the surprise birthday bash Elsa throws for Anna in Frozen Fever. Again, I find that idea disturbing. What about parents who throw lavish birthday parties for their kids? Up until we got tired of and outgrew them, my mother always threw huge parties for my sister and I on our birthdays. We always had a ton of presents on Christmas. I’m certain my mother has no romantic feelings for me or my sister.
According to some of them, Elsa and Anna are “too close” to be siblings and it’s not normal. My sister and I used to share a bed, occasionally with our mother. If we were still living together, we’d still share a bed. My best friend and I have accidentally fallen asleep on her bed before and we did not wake up in horror when we realized that. I have no romantic feelings for them and I know they have no romantic feelings for me. In fact, I’m certain any of them would look at me like I just grew a second head if I dared to suggest such.
Then, there’s the idea Elsa and Anna’s relationship is romantic because the movie is essentially about Anna trying to fix her broken relationship with Elsa. I’m pretty sure all kinds of relationships are capable of becoming damaged and in need of repair. Sadly, families can become dysfunctional. That’s essentially what leads people to estrange themselves from toxic family members. Some people try to fix their family relationships before giving them up entirely and why not? Cutting a family member, or multiple, out of your life can be a big deal and it’s not always as simple as a snap.
If Elsa and Anna were a canon lesbian couple, Disney would’ve been announcing it long before the movie ever released! They would’ve been treating it like the greatest thing since sliced bread and plastering it everywhere. I recall them doing that for Tiana, making a big deal out of her being the first African-American princess. You can’t tell me they wouldn’t do the same Elsa and Anna if they were a couple instead of sisters.
Sure, there are other ships I don’t like. In fact, the only ship I do like is Kristanna (though I’d be a fan of Hanna if Hans weren’t evil and I didn’t hate him). But I only see that extreme from the Elsanna fandom. Just like I don’t have a problem with the anti-Frozen side’s hatred of the movie, I don’t have a problem with the Elsanna fandom shipping Elsa and Anna. I’ve got a problem with them insisting it’s canon when it’s not and I take even bigger issue with their idea siblings wouldn’t even look at each other unless they were in love.
I’m not even going to get into the matter of Anna telling Elsa she loves her because I’ll end up going on all night with that. All I’m going to say is if “I love you” is now reserved solely for romantic relationships, that’s news to me.
As much as I’m against Elsanna, however, I don’t want to be a part of any group for them. By default, that’d result in being associated with anti-Frozen and it’s plainly obvious why that’s a bad idea.
Now, all of the above said, I do not hate the Elsanna fandom and I do not agree with the following.
I don’t think Elsanna shippers are bad people. Yes, I believe they have some disturbing views about siblings, but overall, I don’t believe they’re bad people. I believe they’re more like well-intentioned extremists. Above all, Elsanna is nothing more than a fandom and a ship, and one of thousands in existence across the entire internet. There are many worse things. Now, if they start pushing people to become romantically entangled with their siblings, I’ll agree they are trouble, but to my knowledge, they don’t do that.