I know that I’m playing into the Kveller site’s hands by including a link in this post, but it would be unfair to Mayim Bialik, star of Blossom and the insanely popular Big Bang Theory (which has humor that somehow fails to click with me), to not let her present herself. Did you read it? Go ahead and do so. I’m not against that site getting hits. There’s good information there, even if you’re not Jewish. I was surprised to find that despite Bialik’s personal stance on vaccinations, there was a piece on the site published this year about a mother’s belief that it’s irresponsible and basically un-Jewish to not get your children vaccination. Anyway, I’ll be waiting.
The tone of the piece needs to be noted first and foremost. I say this is click-bait because of the simple statement, “Oh my gosh. I know, I’m about to lose more fans than when I declared myself a proud liberal Zionist during Operation Protective Edge.” She’s setting this up to be a much bigger deal than it actually is. She’s asking fans of Frozen to be on the defensive and people who didn’t care for it to embrace her words. Either way, the article will be shared. Full disclosure: I found out about this post through another blog post that a former co-worker of mine on Facebook commented on. The plan worked.
She goes on to mention that she and her sons did not like the movie. Beyond that, she doesn’t really talk about what the kids liked or didn’t like about the film. I’m a parent myself. I appreciate how parents view films and what messages they think films are sharing, but I think it’s important to really focus on the perspectives of the children. I’d love to know what her offspring got out of the movie aside from thinking the leads looked like Bratz dolls and the Snowman was entertaining. Instead, Bialik talks about what she didn’t like about the film.
I think she sorely missed the point of the film. The driving factor is not the quest for a guy, despite that being something that I admit set the plot in motion. The point of the film was that a young woman was raised from childhood to suppress everything that made her unique, letting it all out in an unhealthy way (sounds like college for some people, if you think about it), and then finally coming to terms with who she is. Meanwhile, the other young woman at the heart of the story grew up lonely and believing that the only love that would make her happy is the love of a man who will fix her life, but instead she learns about who her sister is and loves her despite that – coming to understand true love is more than a partner on your arm. Sounds fairly feminist to me.
2. Denouement/Male Bashing?
It’s like we didn’t even watch the same film, and I suppose from a certain point of view we didn’t. Considering one of the male characters remains a protagonist throughout the whole film and things aren’t about how lovey-dovey he is with the princess, I don’t understand the male bashing. Just because the new queen was right about not trusting the dude who made a surprise villain turn? That’s a pretty shallow read of things. It’s like looking for issues to refer to in a journal post just to have issues present.
3. Women as Dolls?
The look of the girls in the movie has long been criticized, so this was easy pickings. I’m generally sensitive to these things, but I thought little of it. They’re stylized for animation, and big eyes make for more expressive eyes. If we look to comic books for an example like this, we sometimes see Spider-Man drawn with little eyes and more often drawn with big eyes. The latter is more common because they offer a larger canvas for reactions. This is no different. Bialik works with and has worked with actresses with large, expressive eyes. She should have an understanding of how those can be favorable.
The button on the article is this: “I know everybody loved ‘Frozen’ and that I am going to get so much hate for this. But I’m just keeping it real, yo. Or trying.” Hate is better than no reaction at all. And she’s pretty much requesting it. The more hits she gets, the more her editor will want her to write. Which is funny because there really wasn’t much here. We could put the same amount of content in a tweet:
Kids and I didn’t like Frozen. Musical, not real feminism, males are evil(?), big freaking eyes. Kids had issues, too. Probably. #LetItBlow