This past century, the rise of the various forms of media has be accused of the downfall of western society. These many issues all seem to be derived from the entertainment of our modern culture. An good example of this wrongful disapproval is the concept that queer representation of LGBTQA individuals and themes exposed in the media has been taking the blame for the idea of homosexual conversion in youth of today. Some audience members believe that these concepts in media content such as The Fosters, Skins and Spongebob Squarepants are influencing children to have homosexual tendencies and misconceptions of their own identities and sexualities.
As demonstrated in David Gaunlett’s 10 Things Wrong with the Media ‘Effects’ Model (1998), Some of the issues for which the media are held responsible are merely based on biased research and flawed assumptions. Statistics are adjusted and amplified to suit the personal opinions of the opposition. This is particularly evident in the The Hollywood Reporter article titled ‘‘Frozen’: Pastor Claims Disney Film Indoctrinates Homosexuality, Bestiality‘. Pastor Kevin Swanson declared “Friends, this is evil, just evil” and accused the hit film of marketing a ‘progressive’ pro-gay, pro-bestiality agenda. Swanson interpreted “Let it Go as a coming out anthem and for her lack of male attraction and romantic relationship, ‘logically’ she must be lesbian. Also Kristoff’s friendship with reindeer, Sven is unnaturally intimate. Despite his religious and conservative extremist rant, THR reports confirmed he has not seen the film.
The media doesn’t convert youth and endorse homosexual allegiance but in actuality assist in their inner realisation and provides the opportunity to have the suitable role models. According to The HP Alliance article, There’s five important factors of why accurate media representation is important.
- The appropriate audience is presented with a stepping stone in the search for their affirmation of identity
- It gives youth role models to look up to and relate with,
- It expands the community’s assumption of their capabilities in a positive light as opposed to their constant negative media portrayal,
- Provides a realistic view of the world’s diversity
- Challenges the notion that straight/white/male is ‘normal’ while everything else is ‘other’.
Gauntlett, D. 1998, ‘Ten things wrong with the Media Effects Model’, Approaches to Audiences – A reader, viewed 8 March 2014, http://www.theory.org.uk/effects.htm
Fierro, E, 2013, ‘Media Representation: What It Means & Why It’s Important’, The HP Alliance, viewed 27 March 2014, http://thehpalliance.org/2013/08/media-representation-what-it-means-why-its-important/.
THR Staff. 2014. ‘Frozen’: Pastor Claims Disney Film Indoctrinates Homosexuality, Bestiality, The Hollywood Reporter, viewed 27 March 2014,http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/audio-disney-frozen-pastor-kevin-swanson-homosexuality-bestiality-687939
MSC College Social Staff, 2014, Imagination, Animated Image, College Social, viewed 27 March 2014, http://college-social.com/maroon/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2014/02/world-without-books-gifs-imagination.gif
Swanson: “Frozen” Is Gay, Satanic Propaganda, 2014, radio clip, 12 March, Right Wing Watch, viewed 27 March 2014, https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138885433
karyn-filmfanatic, 2014, Animated Image, Tumblr, viewed 27 March 2014, https://31.media.tumblr.com/e4ec8e75b88e513aa78e6946da04ddd2/tumblr_inline_mzb8ghhrQO1regqev.gif