After professing her distaste for Ariana Grande, Mayim Bialik is back with another complaint: She didn't like the movie Frozen, either. She's really getting the hang of this blogging thing!
The Big Bang Theory actress, neuroscience PhD and erstwhile Blossom returned to the Jewish parenting blog Kveller (h/t U.S. Weekly) to outline her objections to the movie. First off, she doesn't like that it's 2014 and yet movies for kids still revolve around "this finding a man business." Fair. But, while Disney movies are bursting with retrograde messages and the princess marketing machine is gross, fairy tales do generally involve some sort of marriage plot. And I think a big reason Frozen became so popular was that it played off this particular trope, rather than strictly abiding by it.
But then, she doesn't like the way Frozen did that, either. Because—not kidding here—she doesn't think it was entirely fair to men. She's considered that it was maybe an instance of "male bashing."
Denoument is French for the unfolding of a story–the final unraveling, as it were. What happens in "Frozen"? The Prince/hero turns out to be a scheming villain. He pretended to love her and then he double crosses her and she gets the lesson taught to her not to trust those nasty scheming conniving men. Because you know, men can't be trusted? Meh.
I know, you're confused by me. Yeah, take a number. First I claim to be a feminist and now I claim to be against male-bashing. That's because feminism doesn't equal male-bashing. And this movie isn't empowering because it shows that a Prince is a jerk and should not have been trusted. That's weird too. It's just confusing.
Call it "male bashing" if you want, but as modern fairy-tale takeaways go, "Don't trust a man you've just met" is unquestionably more useful than some nonsense about circumventing a curse or golden geese. Can kids today even pick a goose out of a lineup?
Her biggest problem, though, is that the animated characters are not realistically drawn. She thinks Elsa and Anna look like dolls; her kids think they look like Bratz dolls, specifically. And they're not wrong! But hey, at least they're completely, comprehensively unrealistic (Elsa's neck would snap carrying a head that big), as opposed to simply idealistically beautiful.
For what it's worth, this Fresh Air interview with the Frozen songwriters answers some of the princess-related criticism. Not sure what to tell Mayim about the man-bashing.
Anyway, I plan to rear any children I bear exclusively on Angela Carter.