Of course, the critics all piled on to the comments section of her post and vented their spleens. Some criticism came from fellow Mormons, and not all of it was constructive. The "homophobic" epithet was slung about faster than hash at Mel's Diner. While she finally found it necessary to disable further comments, she let most of the comments stand as a testament, in part, to the emotional and irrational hatred displayed by the Gay Mafia and its allies against those who question their agenda. On February 21st, Kathryn Skaggs fired back, seeking to clarify the misunderstanding of her position and the resultant misinformation published in a number of outside media sources such as Pink News and HuffPo. Here's the meat of her rebuttal, along with my comments in italics:
I'd like to make a few clarifications about some of the things that I wrote in the post, which are being misrepresented, misunderstood, or were never said:
-- I did not say that people should boycott Frozen, rather, I liked the film. This is true; at no time did she call for a boycott.
-- I do not think the movie Frozen is evil, although I do see a strong gay theme running throughout the film. This is her honest assessment, although as Sixteen Small Stones points out, the movie actually demonstrates broad applicability to many different human experiences, which explains its popularity.
-- I never said that children who watch Frozen will become gay. This is true; at no time does she say or even imply that watching Frozen will turn anyone gay.
-- I do not believe people who advocate for SSM are evil. This is true; she clearly states she has no problem with those who find the homosexual messaging good, or important for society, from their perspective.
-- I do not hate homosexuals. This is true; one of her five kids is a non-practicing lesbian who's married to a man and who is an active LDS member, and Sister Skaggs says she loves her very much.
-- I never said that Christian parents who didn't see a gay message in Frozen are stupid. This is true; she merely said they could be clueless, which can mean they could have been honestly duped. Satan is notorious for twisting around otherwise worthy messages to mislead us, misdirect us, and subject us to his yoke.
-- I am aware that others see different themes in Frozen, which are positive. She points this out numerous times in her original post.
-- I believe a progressive element is strongly rooted in all forms of media and intentionally influences culture, in order to normalize that which currently is opposed by mainstream society - often so subtle that most don't detect it. This is putting it mildly. Progressives have virtually hijacked the entertainment industry, glorifying anti-heroes, misfits, malcontents, and other losers. And progressives have hijacked all the national media organizations except for the Fox News Channel.
Perhaps another reason why Sister Skaggs sees a gay theme in the movie is because some of the Gay Mafia have so enthusiastically taken ownership of it. Topless Robot wrote, in part, "Frozen's subtext is so gay, it's barely subtext; it's just on-the-nose text". And Bad-Ass Digest wrote, in part, "Is Elsa gay? I think there’s certainly a valid queer reading to be found in the film". So one can understand why some would focus on a gay theme in the movie. But Sixteen Small Stones gets it right when they opine that many people who are marginalized, for many different reasons, can relate to the movie. But Kathryn Skaggs does not deserve to be raked over the coals merely for sounding a voice of caution.
The furor over Kathryn Skaggs' reaction to Frozen has triggered a response from her lesbian daughter, who posted it on her Facebook page. Since one must be a Facebook member to read it, it was extracted and posted on Recovery From Mormonism (an unfriendly forum):
"To whom it may concern:"
"I am the lesbian daughter of Kathryn Skaggs, the author of the recent blog post condemning the Disney movie Frozen for having a liberal gay agenda. I am also an active, believing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as a mental health professional. After much personal debate and inner turmoil, I feel it is important to state publicly (just as I have many many times privately) that I do not support the vilifying of the gay community that occurs through much of this blog post and has also been a part of other posts made by my mother in the past. Perpetually stigmatizing and demonizing the LGBT community has been shown to contribute to serious mental health problems within this population such as depression, anxiety and suicide ideation [sic] that tragically at times has ended in death. Such attitudes and language also continues to foster isolation and unnecessary wedges between LGBT people and their families and within communities and I can no longer sit silent as I am fully aware that these things continue to be experienced as harmful not only to myself but to some of the most vulnerable within the Mormon population and in society. I pray my fellow members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will collectively continue to move forward in following the teachings our church leaders on this matter as they advocated on mormonsandgays.org which specifically calls for sensitivity, thoughtfulness, compassion, love and being at the forefront of outreach to lesbians and gays. "As a church, no one should be more loving and compassionate." - Elder Quentin L. Cook - I hope and pray that might truly be so."
"Sincerely, Laura Skaggs Dulin"
A subsequent RFM post confirms that Laura Skaggs Dulin identifies on her Facebook page as being married with kids, so she has freely chosen to deal with SSA (Same Sex Attraction) by defying it and creating a traditional family. This may take greater courage than living as a lesbian, since one who chooses not to live as openly gay will not only still get grief from the straight community for being gay, but will also be held in contempt by the gay community for not being "authentic".
Lost in the shuffle is the question: What is "Frozen" all about? Here's a short synopsis:
Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey-teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The popular song "Let It Go" celebrates how Elsa finally comes out and is no longer ashamed of her power to control ice and snow. As the movie comes to a close, love becomes the healing factor; without false judgment, ignorance and fear, by society, having been made to see themselves as Elsa's problem (and not Elsa), she is now able to suddenly control the negative use of her power. In fact, she is actually able to now use it to benefit society - the power of unconditional love.