Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Disney Throws Some Subliminal Messages at Children in Frozen

If you’ve seen Disney’s latest animated movie, Frozen, you know of the song “Let It Go.”

From a musical standpoint, the score is fairly amazing. I could listen to one particular version of the song, performed by Alex Boye, over and over again. Actually, I have listened to that version over and over again. And I’m sure I’ll listen to it some more in the days ahead.

It’s nothing short of exquisite.

But here’s the thing about a song with a fairly amazing musical score… Listen to it enough, and you’re going to hear the lyrics eventually. And these lyrics are fairly disturbing, particularly when they’re being marketed to children.

Take a few lines from the opening verse:

“The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside / Couldn’t keep it in / Heaven knows I’ve tried.”

Why is that scary? Set by itself, I suppose it isn’t really. But consider the song’s lyrical progression, which next says:

“Don’t let them in / Don’t let them see / Be the good girl you always had to be…”

As if being a “good girl” is uninspiring, or behaving well is shamefully denying oneself.

Think I’m reading into things? Keep listening to the song as it urges our youth to:

“Let it go, let it go / Can’t hold it back anymore / Let it go, let it go / Turn away and slam the door / I don’t care what they’re going to say…”

Getting the big picture now? It took me a decent dozen times, possibly more, to catch on, but I’m fairly sure I finally got the message they’re trying to drill into young impressionable minds.

It’s that self-destructive “Be Yourself” mantra. The one that tells children to shun authority and convention and restrictions, encouraging them to embrace freedom instead.

All of that sounds awesome until you see the fine print below the slogan, which doesn’t just warn that, as a result of downing this prescription, kids might experiment with sex and alcohol well before they’re mature enough to handle them. It promises those consequences.

It promises that they’ll adopt unhealthy attitudes and lifestyles that lead to depression, suicide, violence and ultimate purposelessness. It promises that they’ll make a mess out of their lives and their children’s lives in the process.

And it wraps those horrible promises in a palatable coating for all of us to swallow with a smile.

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