Comments about ‘'Frozen' songwriters say there is no 'God' ban at Disney’

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Published: Friday, May 2 2014 8:17 p.m. MDT

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Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

So people wanted to boycott Disney because Disney was concerned about including something that might be perceived as breaking the 4th Commandment...

HelioTeller
Mapleton, UT

"In other words, the decision to avoid using the word ‘God’ was not prompted so much by a move towards political correctness or increased secularization on Disney's part as it was sensitivity to its religious audience members."

So... political correctness?

slcdenizen
t-ville, UT

@HelioTeller

"So... political correctness?"

Don't mention to the religion crowd that they are both the loudest complainers and fiercest enforcers of "political correctness". They guffaw when particular groups prefer specific titles or reference wording, but break down in anguish at the slightest perceived threat against their fairy tale beliefs. It's quite sad what America has devolved into...

PLM
Kaysville, UT

I'm sorry but depictions of polytheistic pagan gods in Hercules and a villainous priest in Hunchback don't really refer to the loving God the Christians and Jews revere. Do the writers have a better argument?

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

These 2 are hardly experts on the matter and are just as subject to opinion as everyone who comments on the Deseret News.

Look at the trends, what makes money and what companies are doing. What's true is true is true. If they aren't making films with religious meaning, then they are avoiding them. Whether they'll say "God" or not is irrelevant. Whether religious faith and meaning is a factor in the protagonist's development in a story is worth more examination.

The truth is: Disney avoids religion in high-budget films. Belief in yourself and your own abilities (the workmanship of your own hands) appeals to a wider demographic. I'm starting to care less about watching popular films and more about finding good media that's genuine. It doesn't need to be religious, cheesy, or a tear-jerker. I just want something genuine, real, and more enjoyable than the cash-cow industry film.

dogmanaut
OREM, UT

@PLM -- I think you might be missing the point. The issue is not whether or not Disney is or isn't portraying "the loving God the Christians and Jews revere," but whether or not there is a complete ban on all use of the word "God," regardless of context or meaning. The instance of supposed censorship in "Let It Go" that sparked this whole thing was hardly a religious statement in the first place, which is why people were so quick to get ticked off at Disney.

The "writers"' (are Jeff and Peterson two different people?) reference to other uses of the word "god"/"God" was -- as I think anyone should be able to surmise -- just intended to show how quickly the whole argument that Disney has banned that specific word is. Again, though, nothing to do with what that word entails in a given movie, just whether or not it appears in the first place.

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

Its a Disney movie!All of the people getting upset about this issue, need to just "let it go!"

GreatExpectations
Provo, UT

Personally, I am really grateful the songwriters replaced 'god' with 'heaven' in 'Let it Go', whatever their reasons. I am one of those who would have felt it was taking the Lord's name in vain, and any debate of what the motivation was, political correctness aside, it didn't affect the song negatively at all, and because it was comfortable and enjoyable for all the viewers it added to the movie. I'm glad there are still those who would be considerate of those concerns, and again, grateful for it.

gittalopctbi
Glendale, AZ

Turns out to be a lot of fuss for nothing.

I personally would not have thought that that context would have been using His name in vain, not at all.

People will often look for a reason to be offended. "He who sticks his leg out long enough will sooner or later have his foot stepped on."

BYU Joe
MISSION VIEJO, CA

Its a movie about a girl with magical powers that can build Ice Castles and freeze people - its called a fairy tale. Perhaps everyone can relax a bit and just enjoy the "story" without getting all worked up.

Does everything have to be political? Not until you folks make or let it become so.

Grab yourself a Coke and some popcorn and some Goobers and enjoy the show.

dogmanaut
OREM, UT

Whoops. "...just intended to show how quickly the whole argument that Disney has banned that specific word [falls apart]" -- I think that's what I meant to write, not "is."

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