The Insanity of Boycotting 'Finding Dory'

a year ago

A trending topic on Facebook shares a rumor that the newest trailer for Pixar’s Finding Dory includes a lesbian couple.  I was curious, so I watched the trailer.  After chastising myself for inattention, I read an online article so that I’d be able to find the cornerstone moment the next time I watched the trailer.  Sure enough, the second time through, I saw THE SCENE.  Or, more accurately, the blip.

Image: Disney/Pixar Animation Studios

And sighed.  Yet again, a woman in short hair is assumed to be a lesbian.  So people are jumping to conclusion that women with short hair are lesbians, transgender, or both.  Just ask the men who’ve been following short-haired women into the ladies’ rooms because the woman doesn’t look like she really belongs there.

There’s a fear that having lesbians in a Disney movie will indoctrinate our children into accepting the LGBTQ community.  Let me reassure you that the short glimpse at a couple of women, even if they are lesbian, will not indoctrinate your children.

The truth is – Disney movies suck as indoctrination.  Otherwise, a significant portion of our society would practice witchcraft.

Stay with me here.  If you’re concerned that a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment that has no bearing on the plot will indoctrinate you, then it would stand to reason that repeated exposure to witches who are part of the plot and are on screen for much longer periods of time would be far more influential.  Disney has been including witches and other magic practitioners in movies for more than 70 years, such as:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Evil Witch

Fantasia – Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Cinderella – Fairy Godmother

Peter Pan – Tinkerbell and magic dust for flying

The Little Mermaid – Ursula

Beauty and the Beast – Curse turns a selfish prince into a beast

Aladdin – Genie

The Princess and the Frog – Voodoo witch doctor turns people into frogs

Tangled – Witch uses magical hair to stay young

Brave – Mother magically turned into a bear

I could keeping beating that dead horse, but I think you get the point.  Even though witches and magic have played prominent roles in Disney movies, there has been no correlation to an increase of witchcraft.  So why would a quick glance of two women standing beside each other indoctrinate when such larger roles didn’t?

Image: Disney/Pixar Animation Studios

 And for those of you boycotting the movie?  How many of you boycotted Finding Nemo when you found out a lesbian actress was voicing Dory?  And how many of you were already planning to boycott Finding Dory for the same reason?  Seems to me that it would be easier to claim indoctrination for casting a lesbian in a lead role than for a vague scene last only lasts a few seconds. 

Whatever.

Thanks for making it easier for me to find a seat.

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