Finding Dory Hoopla

I’m sure you all know that there’s been quite a bit of debate going around about whether or not Finding Dory showed a lesbian couple. I don’t know about everyone else, but I was so so happy when I first heard this news, and of course I went straight to my blog to discuss it. Now that the movie has been out for a while, there are all sorts of things being said about this particular scene. The big hoopla is because up until now there hasn’t been any actual confirmed gay or lesbian couples / characters shown in Pixar / Disney movies.

There have been, however, quite a few times where there were hints made or quick images shown of LGBTQ couples, but nothing definitive.

Two examples are:

  • Frozen (2013): it’s hinted at that the character Oaken (owner of the sauna) has a husband and kids
  • Zootopia (2016): Bucky and Prank are shown in Judy’s apartment arguing, and their names are later shown in the credits, Bucky Oryx-Antlerson and Pronk Oryx-Antlerson, telling us that they were married

Even these subtle hints caused controversy in the media, when some people spoke out and complained about how they feel these scenes would negatively influence their children. Instead of getting into this too much, I will just address it by showing how Ellen responded:

Whenever people act like gay images in the media will influence kids to be gay, I want to remind them that gay children grew up with only straight people on television.”

– Ellen DeGeneres

It’s these kinds of quotes that make me such a huge fan of Ellen, because even though this issue would affect her personally, she is still able to make a joke about it. It takes a big person to be able to do this, because I know a lot of people who would have acted much less maturely in this situation. Heck, I think I would even react pretty badly in this situation… let’s just say that there’s a reason why I didn’t want to get into the details too much 🙂 Ellen’s personality and positivety are so inspiring.

Anyways, recent thoughts about this debate are basically that it doesn’t matter! Apparently when this scene was made, there was no definitive answer as to whether this was a lesbian couple or not. I think that’s the best possible answer… who cares? The identity of this couple makes absolutely no difference with the plot of this movie, so it really shouldn’t matter. I found an article about this: click here to read it.

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