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半年遅れですが、Let it goってこんなに騒ぎになっているなんて知らなかったです(汗)いろいろな分野で反響があるようで、多種多様に受け止められていることはそれだけ作品の力があるということなんでしょう。でも、まず何よりも子供の共感を得た事が大きいのでしょうね。その辺りのことを書いているYahooの記事です。

Four Reasons Why the Song ‘Let It Go’ from ‘Frozen’ Will Be Ringing in Your Ears for a Long Time
Apr 18, 2014

Frozen is purportedly a Disney-fied version of the fairy tale The Snow Queen, but what it actually does is use a dead parent/estranged sibling story line to aim straight for the minds of kids who are trying their best to figure out how to grow up and deal with what life throws at them on the school playground.

記事では人気のある理由を4つあげています。

1. Was it something I said?
2. It’s about Girl Power.
3. It makes transformation and being true to yourself look awesome.
4. It’s secretly a huge “neener-neener” to parents.

面白いエピソードとしてあったのが、“The cold never bothered me anyway.”というセリフに影響されて子供たちが映画館を出る時にコートを来たがらなかったというものです(笑)真田広之のアクション映画を見た直後に彼の真似をしてビルをよじ登ろうとして親に怒られた昔を思い出してしまいました。

“The cold never bothered me anyway.”
If you’ve ever gotten into an epic battle with your kid about putting on a coat when it’s cold, you’ll suddenly understand what Disney is doing here. It’s fomenting dissent among the troops. You can almost hear the parents as they walk out of the theater with their children, saying, “I don’t care what Elsa does when it’s wintertime! Elsa is fictional. You need to wear a coat.”

大人がLet it goという曲に感動しているパターンは主に3つでしょうか。

自己啓発系(And the fears that once controlled me can't get to me at all)

フェミニスト系 (Be the good girl you always have to be/ That perfect girl is gone)

LGBT系(Conceal, don't feel/ No right, no wrong, no rules for me)

自己啓発系は以下のような記事が分かりやすいです。

Self-Harm and Self-Acceptance: Yes, This is About “Frozen”

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Jennifer Aline Graham

Accept Your Struggles with Self-Harm and Move Forward
Self-harmers tend to feel alone and as if no one truly understands why they do what they do. Everyone self-harms for different reasons and since self-harm really is an addiction, it’s hard to explain the reasons behind the actions. This goes for any kind of mental illness because the brain can be a terrifying place when going through a struggle.

Self-acceptance of personal struggles is the message in the Disney movie, "Frozen." Here's how this relates to self-harm and self-acceptance.

One of the characters in Frozen has a power that she struggles with and instead of accepting her struggle, she hides it and pushes everyone she loves away. It takes her time to understand this power and once she accepts it, she uses her struggle to better herself with the support of others.

フェミニスト系は以下の記事が分かりやすいです。昔は「いい子でいなさい」というプレッシャーが大きかったと語っています。

Margaret Manning
Author, Speaker, and Founder of Sixtyandme.com
Let It Go -- Exploring And Escaping The 'Good Girl' Syndrome
Posted: 02/22/2014 6:03 am EST

Why is a 60-year-old woman going to see "Frozen", an animated children's Disney movie, for the third time? The answer is that this film quite honestly changed my life. "Frozen" is one of those wonderfully scripted movies that targets young girls but also resonates with sisters, mothers and grandmothers alike. Beyond being entertaining, the movie delivers an important message for women of all ages:

Stop trying to please everyone, forget perfection, don't be afraid to be different and be true to yourself. Stop being a "good girl."

For many older women, being a "good girl" was stressed by family and teachers from a young age. It manifests itself in broken marriages, unfulfilled careers and parental challenges. Like Elsa, we struggled for years to "let it go." My guess is that many teenage girls and young women also suffer from the "good girl syndrome." What are its symptoms? We feel an intangible urge to want to please everyone. Many of us feel that we are never good enough. Or, perhaps we are afraid to show our true emotions or judge ourselves by our own standards.

LGBT系に関しては、自らが主張しているというよりも、保守系の過剰反応している部分もあるようです。

27 March 2014 Last updated at 14:22
Disney's Frozen and the 'gay agenda'
BBC News
Washington, DC

Does "letting go" mean coming out?

To Kevin Swanson, a pastor and host of a right-wing Christian-themed radio show, it does. Swanson slammed Disney's award-winning animated film Frozen, calling it the work of the devil.

"Friends, this is evil, just evil," he said. Swanson contends the film indoctrinates young women to be lesbians and convinces people that homosexuality and bestiality are acceptable in society.

While Swanson doesn't specifically cite what parts of the film he sees as promoting homosexuality, others have drawn parallels between the kingdom's rejection of the magical powers of one of the main characters, Elsa, and society's rejection of homosexuality.

「自分らしくいること」の罠について語っているSlateの記事は興味深いです。エルザの場合、Let it goの自分らしくあるという結果がむしろ女性の性を強調したもので、自分を解放しているつもりが、逆にありがちなステレオタイプに陥っているという指摘です。

The Sexy 'Frozen' Moment No One Is Talking About

Posted: 02/18/2014 7:25 am EST

At the song’s emotional climax, as Elsa is about to see the sun rise for the first time from the balcony of her new crystal palace, she suddenly sees fit to express her freshly unleashed power by giving herself … a magical makeover. “Let it go/ Let it go/ That perfect girl is gone,” she declares as she ditches her old look (a modest dark-green dress and purple cloak, hair in a neatly tucked-up braid) for one that’s arguably even more “perfect.” By the time she sashays out onto that balcony to greet the dawn, Elsa is clad in a slinky, slit-to-the-thigh dress with a transparent snowflake-patterned train and a pair of silver-white high heels, her braid shaken loose and switched over one shoulder in what’s subtly, but unmistakably, a gesture of come-hither bad-girl seduction.

Now. I am not saying that all movies for children should be ideologically scrubbed clean of any hint of sexuality. Nor am I immune to the fantasy—one that’s surely not limited only to women—of vanquishing one’s demons and tapping one’s reserves of inner courage while also looking like a million bucks. But I know I’m not the only one who feels a familiar sense of deflation every time that pulse-racing song (delivered so gloriously by Menzel) culminates in a vision of female self-actualization as narrow and horizon-diminishing as a makeover. It’s a moment I recognize from too many movies in my own childhood—Grease was one, The Breakfast Club another—in which the “good girl” goes over to “the bad side” thanks to a quick cosmetic fix-up (Olivia Newton-John’s big slutty perm and skintight black pants! Ally Sheedy’s tragic de-Goth-ification at the hands of Molly Ringwald!). These moments always bugged me as a kid, because they seemed to be last-minute reversals of the foregoing movie’s message, which was that the character in question (Newton-John’s virginal Sandy, Sheedy’s glumly eccentric Allison) was fine just the way she was. To be sure, Elsa’s conversion into a glammed-out ice diva does differ in important ways from those earlier onscreen makeovers—for one thing, her transformation isn’t meant to impress any specific suitor, and in fact Elsa (unlike her younger sister, Anna) ends the movie without a romantic prospect on the horizon.

ここで例としてあげられているのがグリースでのオリビアニュートンジョンのtransformationです。清純派アイドルのセクシー路線への転換というのは日本でもありふれているパターンですね。





ブレックファーストクラブという映画の方は、「牛乳瓶のメガネの女の子がメガネを取ると可愛い」という日本のパターンに近いですね(笑)





Yutaの立ち場は様々な反応を楽しみたいという野次馬根性そのものです。。。(汗)
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