Elsa could have girlfriend in Frozen sequel - director

Elsa in Frozen
Elsa's sexuality will finally be addressed in the long-awaited Frozen sequel. Photo credit: Disney

Frozen fans are freaking out over co-director Jennifer Lee hinting Elsa may have a girlfriend in the much-hyped sequel.

The #GiveElsaAGirlfriend hashtag has been circulating on social media since the sequel was announced, and in a new interview with Huffington Post, Lee shared her thoughts on the idea.

"I love everything people are saying [and] people are thinking about with our film - that it's creating dialogue, that Elsa is this wonderful character that speaks to so many people," Lee said.

"Where we're going with it, we have tons of conversations about it, and we're really conscientious about these things. For me ... Elsa's every day telling me where she needs to go, and she'll continue to tell us. I always write from character-out, and where Elsa is and what Elsa's doing in her life, she's telling me every day. We'll see where we go."

Idina Menzel, who voices Elsa, has already voiced her support for the idea and says she's excited at the possibility.

Since Lee's interview, fans have been sharing online what the possibility of an animated gay heroine would mean to them.

"The possibility that Disney may (however small the realistic possibility may be) #GiveElsaAGirlfriend makes child-me want to cry. If I had that representation as a kid I might have been spared the years of confusion and feeling of not belonging," one Twitter user wrote.

However, there has been some backlash. Some Frozen fans argue there will be boycotts and walk-outs if the fictional character is seen in a lesbian relationship.

Twitter user James Pennar was particularly upset at the idea.

Recently, Disney has been praised for featuring gay characters in several new films. There was the scene in 2017's Beauty and the Beast when we see a glimpse of LeFou dancing with another man, and a lesbian couple in 2016's Finding Dory.

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