A new survey has found that the idea of a Disney princess being gay in the future has divided people in the United Kingdom.
The survey, conducted by YouGov, found that nearly half (49%) of those Brits surveyed were comfortable with the idea yet one third (34%) stated they would be uncomfortable with the idea. The remaining 17% answered that they didn’t know how they’d feel.
Turns out that the vast majority of those uncomfortable are older Disney fans, as 67% of 18-24 year olds stated they were totes fine with the idea (compared to only 25% of those aged 65 or older).
The survey also considered a variety of further options for audiences to decide how they thought the modern Disney princess should be. 74% were comfortable with an ethnic minority princess, 53% were down for Disney’s next princess being a feminist, whilst six in ten Brits (60%) were quite down with the idea of a Disney princess being in her forties or older.
Two thirds of Britons (67%) consider it important for Disney princesses to be good role models for young girls, with 72% voting Moana is the best role model out of all the Princess. Mulan (68%) and Merida (66%) followed not far behind. On the other side of the scale, Ariel is seen as a bit of a rough diamond in the sea with 12% voting her a bad role model. Cinderella (11%) and Snow White (10%) didn’t fare much better.
Snow White won’t be losing much sleep over the result (she’s already had enough sleep anyway), as she was ultimately voted the nation’s favourite Disney princess. Belle and Ariel came in second and third place respectively.
The results of people’s attitudes towards the sexuality of Disney princesses comes as a bit of a surprise to anyone aware of the #GiveElsaAGirlfriend campaign on Twitter. The campaign, regarding the upcoming Nov 2019 release of Frozen 2, called on Disney to make Elsa a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
In 2016, Idina Menzel – who voices Elsa – said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that it was “a wonderful idea. It’s a wonderful conversation that we should all have about whether a Disney princess or queen could be gay.”
Guess those against the idea should really Let It Go, eh.