I’m really annoyed with people who keep saying that since Elsa from Frozen and Raya from the new Disney movie don’t have a love interest in the film it must mean they are gay. I hope it goes beyond saying that I have nothing whatsoever against gay people but I’m bothered by this assumption that such young girls necessarily need a love interest. It’s perfectly fine not to have a love interest at 16, or whatever their age. These are movies for an age demographic from 3 to 12. We don’t need to teach such young girls that something is wrong with them if they don’t have a serious boyfriend. These most recent two movies have a very age-appropriate message that, at this stage, what matters is family, friends, and figuring out who you are and what you value in life.
I hate Cinderella, for instance, because I have no idea how to explain it to my kid. She’s five! She needs stories she can understand. I’m very glad about this new positive direction in Disney movies.