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#GiveElsaAGirlfriend

Many Frozen fans have started campaigning for Disney to allow Elsa to have a girlfriend in Frozen 2.

I’ve discussed this before. I would personally prefer for Elsa to remain single because most of the Disney Princesses have relationships, including Anna. No, there’s nothing wrong with princesses in relationships, but there’s nothing wrong with single princesses either. Both are important to show and I find it pretty cool (no pun intended) to have both represented within one film. On top of that, Elsa is 21, which shows that being single is not just a teen thing and adults can be single as well.

However, if the writers of Frozen 2 decide Elsa would be best with a love interest, I genuinely hope we are allowed to finally have our first non-heterosexual Disney Princess/Queen. Elsa already means a lot to me as she is and I can imagine for some LGBT+ children out there, she could mean very much for them if she doesn’t already. Disney is one of the largest, if not the largest, animation companies in the world. For them to have such a prominent LGBT+ character would be a huge deal and potentially influence other companies to follow suit within time. And yes, I’m aware Elsa wouldn’t be the first gay animated character in history, but coming from Disney, she would likely be highly influential.

So, I am in full support of this campaign, although I typically dislike campaigns for frivolous reasons like this.

All of the above said, I still do not want to see a romantic relationship be Frozen 2‘s primary focus. As wonderful as it would be for Elsa to allow Disney to have a girlfriend, I believe they should keep the main focus on her relationship with Anna because the lesson in Frozen was that true love is not only romantic and platonic love (in this case, familial) is just as powerful. The last thing I want to see is Elsa and Anna’s relationship taking a backseat for Elsa to pursue a romantic interest or be pursued by one. That’s not necessary. If Disney could let Anna have a romantic relationship without putting her and Elsa as sisters on the back burner, they can do the same with any romantic relationship they decide to let Elsa have.

He’s Not Redeemable

With the knowledge of Frozen 2 being in the works, there are some people hoping Hans will be redeemed for his crimes and, presumably, become a good guy.

While I do like his character, I am not a fan of Hans and I do not believe he is in any way redeemable. In my opinion, his actions are too heinous for that.

If all Hans was guilty of is breaking Anna’s heart, I’d agree he could be redeemed. However, that’s not the case. He was going to marry Anna with intent to murder her sister after their wedding. In our world, that’s called conspiracy, or premeditated murder if he’d succeeded with that plan. After locking Anna in, he goes after Elsa and makes her surrender by telling her the worst thing she could possibly hear: “Your sister is dead because of you.” Telling someone their loved one has died wouldn’t even make a funny practical joke. Granted, he didn’t know she wasn’t dead, but it still doesn’t change he said it only with the intent of making Elsa stop running because he knew it’d devastate her. He then takes advantage of the state she’s now in and makes that murder attempt he planned, only failing because Anna interfered. And even then, the only reason he didn’t kill Anna instead is her body had completely frozen over just in time.

So, we have conspiracy to murder, minor psychological abuse, and attempted murder, which could’ve been a double murder (really, if Anna hadn’t frozen over, what would’ve stopped him from proceeding to kill Elsa after he struck Anna?).

Without the murder attempt and conspiracy to do so, I’d see Hans as a potentially redeemable character. But I do not believe someone who intentionally commits murder, especially if they plot to do it, should be given any second chances. It’s the same way I view murderers in real life. They’ve proven they are a severe threat to those around them and have no regards for any life aside from their own. Why should they be trusted and given a second chance to potentially take away someone else’s life?

So, I’m sorry to all those who want Hans to be redeemed, but I do not and I have no desire to see him in Frozen 2. I want him to stay in jail, where he deserves to be. And no, the abuse he suffered from his brothers (if that was indeed true and not something he told Anna for sympathy) is not an excuse. He knew what his actions were and he knew they were wrong. He didn’t care. So, I do not buy the “he was abused” excuse either.

Does Elsa Need A King?

It’s official that Frozen 2 will eventually be coming along. I personally feel Frozen is great as a stand-alone film and doesn’t need a sequel, but a sequel means more Anna and Elsa, so I have no complaints.

However, I have to say if there’s one thing I’m hoping for in Frozen 2, it’s that Elsa remains single.

It’s not that I’m opposed to her having a love interest. I’m not at all. But it’s nice to have a main character once in a while who stays single. For me, Elsa is a very relatable character and one of the smaller reasons is she doesn’t express any romantic desires in Frozen. It would probably be a hard thing to show in a children’s movie, but I hope they make it canon that Elsa is asexual or aromantic.

Should Elsa receive a love interest, however, I highly doubt it will be any of the “kings” proposed in the article from Latinos Post.

  • Olaf – Although it’s never outright brought up, Olaf is essentially Elsa’s son. She created him and the family portrait from Frozen Fever shows her cradling him like an infant. On top of that, Olaf is fairly childlike. He is innocent, goofy, and happy-go-lucky. A romance between Elsa and Olaf would seem akin to a romance between a 20-year-old and a 10-year-old.
  • Prince Hans – I honestly find the idea of Hans being Elsa’s love interest despicable. This man attempted to murder her, toyed with her sister’s heart, and intended to leave the latter for dead. If there is even a chance of this being true, half of Frozen 2 should be Hans being put through a nightmare to earn Anna’s forgiveness and the trust of both sisters.
  • Jack Frost – Elsa has been paired with Jack Frost practically since the week the movie released way back in November 2013. I’m personally indifferent to the ship, but of all the possibilities, this seems to the least likely. I really cannot imagine Disney creating a crossover between the two movies solely for the purpose of making Jack be Elsa’s love interest. The only way I could see this is if he made a cameo appearance as a suitor for Elsa.

Personally, if Elsa couldn’t be asexual or aromantic, I’d love to see Disney allow her to be a lesbian. That would be a huge trial for Disney, but if they could somehow make it work, I hope they give it a shot. Let It Go has already been seen as and considered a subtle allusion to coming out in the context of homosexuality, so for some people who are part of the LGBT+ community (such as myself), it’d feel like a huge step forward for Disney and them.

Whatever the case for Elsa’s love life (or lack thereof) becomes, I hope it’s treated the same as Anna’s relationship with Kristoff is in Frozen. A side plot. I want Frozen 2 to be focused on Elsa and Anna spending time together and facing some kind of adventure or adversity as sisters. I want to see their relationship continuing to be fixed, growing, and becoming closer. We already saw Elsa trying to give Anna a perfect birthday and Anna only worrying for Elsa’s health in Frozen Fever. More of that, please! More sisterly fluff and love.