There are few corporations in the world that submit and cater more often to the demands and expectations of the LGBT political lobby than Walt Disney Company. Beginning with rainbow Mickey ears, trading pins, and other park paraphernalia decades ago, to normalization of LGBT relationships on a host of Disney-owned ABC network television programs, to extravagant corporate donations made to LGBT functions and lobby groups, Disney has been anything but neutral or discrete about their allegiances.
And now comes word that the company built on the back of family-friendly animated movies will feature its first ever outed LGBT character in their history:
[T]he new animated film Onward — releasing March 6 — introduces the first self-identified LGBT character in Disney-Pixar history.
The character's name is Officer Specter, and she's a police officer who openly identifies as a lesbian, making references to her "girlfriend" in the movie.
Obviously this should rank as anything but a surprise. Disney has floated multiple trial balloons and offered plenty of teasers about this step for some time. Remember three years ago pro-family groups scrambled to organize boycotts of Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast when it became rumored that LeFou, the antagonist Gaston's idiot sidekick played by Josh Gad, would be portrayed as gay in the film. Call it a trial run to gauge cultural pushback.
Then came the ninth and final installment of the Disney-hijacked epic Star Wars trilogy. Towards the end of the film, and for no reason other than a gratuitous grab at pop culture street cred, Disney directors decided to throw in an awkward lesbian kiss during a galactic celebration.
So, this Onward news simply represents the next logical step in Disney's unfolding LGBT normalization campaign. Indeed, Disney-owned Marvel Studios has already announced their upcoming film will feature a gay family (husband, husband, child). One of the film's stars, Haaz Sleiman, bragged about the man-on-man kissing scene in particular:
"It's a beautiful, very moving kiss. Everyone cried on set."
There was a time, of course, that this type of in-your-face affront to traditional sexual morality would have caused Disney executives to be crying themselves as they counted paltry box office returns. But those days have long passed.
And from a worldly perspective, it makes perfect sense. If your starting point assumes all that our modern spirit of the age teaches, not only is this appropriate, but it's long overdue. Think about it:
- If sexuality is an inborn, unchangeable trait, why has there been no representation of LGBT people to this point? Why perpetuate unjust feelings of alienation and isolation to young gay kids who want someone to identify with when they watch animated movies?
- If gender is a social construct, then why does it matter what gender expression two characters who love each other happen to have? There is no male/female binary, but rather a sliding scale between masculine traits and feminine traits that we all fit on somewhere. Therefore, the notion that every child is best served by having both a mom and dad is antiquated and destructive. Undermining it in movies geared to the next generation is important.
On the other hand, from a godly perspective, this is tragic. Godly parents are placed in a precarious position – precisely where Satan wants them: if they allow their children to watch the movie, it will undoubtedly provoke confused questions about mature topics of sin, sexuality, and identity that most young kids simply aren't capable of understanding.
Still, not allowing them to watch it brings its own challenges socially, and also demonstrates a certain naiveté about the worldly exposure and misunderstandings their children likely already possess. Teaching isolation from the world often embitters kids and ends up backfiring as they get older and sense they were deceived about the "real world."
If nothing else, this situation offers yet another signal to believers that we are living in exile, amidst a broken and rebellious generation. While it's encouraging to note that such is the familiar story of God's people down through the ages, it's also intimidating given the perils so many of them faced, and the sense that it's increasingly unlikely we will escape them ourselves.
After all, anyone who thinks Disney is done pushing this envelope doesn't understand sinful culture. Even before Onward's release, progressive LGBT revolutionaries are already ripping (warning: language) Disney for not making Officer Specter a more prominent character and for not introducing her girlfriend in the movie.
In other words, even this is not enough for the revolutionaries; it will never be enough. Idols can never fulfill us, and therefore our sin is never satisfied.