“Are movies like the Disney smash hit about an ice queen and her sister empowering girls by turning our men into fools and villains?” Steve Doocey, host of “Fox & Friends,” asked Penny Nance, the CEO of Concerned Women for America, during a segment devoted to “the ‘Frozen’ effect’ on Wednesday’s show.
It’s hard to say what other “movies” Doocey is referring to, since only 29.2 percent of all speaking characters across the 100 top-grossing films in 2013 were female, still Nance shared his concern.
“It’s not just Disney, but Hollywood in general has often sent the message that men are superfluous, that they’re stupid, that they’re in the way, and if they contribute anything to a family it’s a paycheck,” Nance said. “And that is not true, and it’s not good social science.”
It’s surprising a woman with Nance’s professional title wouldn’t be more concerned with a San Diego State University study that found women only made up 17 percent of directors, writers, executive producers, producers, editors and cinematographers who worked on the Top 250 domestic grossing movies of 2014.
In another study by the Directors Guild of America, only 18 percent of first-time TV directors were female in the last five years.
But nope, “Frozen” went too far, because a few characters are “evil and cold and bunglers,” according to Doocey.
“The question for us as moms, is when we bring our daughter to see ‘Frozen,’ or whatever the movie is, we often have our little boy sitting there, and is this message helpful? We want them to know that they’re essential. We want to raise heroes,” Nance said. “We want to raise real men. We want to encourage masculinity and not villainize masculinity.”
Want more male heroes? Feel free to rent any of last year’s biggest blockbusters, including “Captain America,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Interstellar,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The LEGO Movie,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Transformers,” “Godzilla,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “The Maze Runner” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
Watch the “Fox & Friends” segment to get the full scoop on how Disney’s animated movie about the love between two sisters is ruining America.