Now, the writers of several of the movie’s hit songs, including “Let it Go,” are revealing one unsurprising fact about Disney.
God is banned.
“Well, you can say it in Disney but you can't put it in the movie,” songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez told NPR.
Disney prides itself for having an open attitude. It hasn’t filtered out creative talent that has worked on inappropriate and questionable content, hiring the makers of the grotesque musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” which even Anderson-Lopez described as “off color and racy.” Disney’s Touchstone division was responsible for the entertainment empire’s first R-rated film, and regularly hosts gay pride events at its theme parks.
“Disney is not this sanitized place that you might imagine it to be,” fellow songwriter Robert Lopez said in the interview.
But the only place where it draws a line is anything hinting of God—much less Christianity in general.
“It's funny. One of the only places you have to draw the line at Disney is with religious things, the word God,” Anderson-Lopez observed.
For those who have follow Disney in recent years, such news is likely to cause little surprise. Late in 2013, Glenn Beck, a notable Mormon and proponent of biblical values, described the company as “rotted fruit” on-air.
Still, however, American evangelicals have yet to take a broad stance on whether the company has overstayed its welcome in the conservative Christian home.
But one thing is certain—if God was ever welcome in Disney before, he’s long since gone.
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