VeggieTales Pro-Gay Agenda?!

Frozen CoverEvangelical Radio personality Kevin Swanson recently ignited an internet firestorm when he claimed that the Disney movie Frozen had a pro-gay agenda. He cited evidence listed on Decentfilms.com and policymic.com, including:

  • Elsa was “born different” from other people. She has a special gift, or possibly a curse. This hints at the Lady Gaga song “Born this way.”
  • Elsa’s difference is an occasion for fear and secrecy.
  • She sings a song about not being a good girl anymore and letting it go after society rejects her.
  • While Anna has romantic longings, Elsa is uninterested in boys.
  • At the end of the movie, Elsa’s snow creation puts on a tiara (cross dressing! Yikes!
  • Oaken the shopkeeper waves hello to his family, and in the tub, there is a man and no woman. He may be gay.

Nicely played, Kevin Swanson. You turned a tale of acceptance and love into an agenda to make children gay. And I’m not going to stand for that. I am about to explain how VeggieTales has a pro-gay agenda.

MV5BMTI0MjcyOTMzMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODc0MjEyMQ@@._V1_SY475_SX263_In the Veggietales film Are You My Neighbor, there are a number of pro-gay themes and moments.

  • Jimmy and Jerry Gourd, though not explicitly stated, were definitely “born different” from the other vegetables. If vegetables can be born, that is.
  • Though it seems obvious, Jimmy and Jerry are both males who have some kind of relationship with each other and are considered strange. Though it is stated elsewhere that they are brothers, I don’t think this is mentioned in the movie.
  • Both talk in high-pitched (though not precisely “gay-sounding”) voices.
  • Everyone else on the USS Applepie is afraid of them.
  • They sing a song with these EXACT lyrics:

God makes lots of people in all colors shapes and sizes;
He loves them very much and what we need to realize is,
that calling people names because they’re different is wrong,
Instead we need to look on them in love and sing this song,
I can be your friend (la la la)…

Yes, Kevin Swanson, you’ve been called out by your own team. You keep calling gays “homosexuals,” which, at least to them, is an unkind name. And to your concern that you didn’t mean it that way, whether you have racist intentions or not when you use the N word, it’s still name calling to them and not loving your neighbor as yourself. Ah, trying to get people to love their neighbors as themselves, even if they’re different. That evil radical liberal agenda.

More than that, Veggietales has the nerve to tell kids that they should befriend people who are different than they are! While, again, same-sex-attracted people are not specifically named in the song, it could be argued that they are implied (because, well, they’re different).

It only gets more disturbing from here:

The Fox and the Hound

I can be your friend
I can be your friend
Anyday, in any weather
We can be friends and play together

Playing with people who are different? Isn’t that what got The Fox and the Hound in such big trouble, because two animals who were different wanted to “play together” and people wouldn’t let them? Is “We can be friends and play together” a euphemism for something else? Horrors.

And that’s only one of the movies in the Veggietales franchise!

Swanson worries about bestiality in Frozen because the obviously straight Kristoff is jokingly said to have a “thing with the reindeer / That’s a little outside of nature’s laws!”

Minnesota CukeIt’s cute that Swanson is concerned about that, but seriously! Veggietales has an ongoing inter-order romance between Larry the Cucumber and Petunia Rhubarb. You know, order, as in Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus Species. Petunia is a rhubarb, from Order Caryophyllales, and Larry is a cucumber from Order Cucurbitales. To be clear, humans are in Order Primates Class Mammalia. Other orders in class Mammalia include horses, foxes, pandas, and whales. Yes, whales. Veggietales sees absolutely no problem whatsoever with this inter-order relationship. They treat it not only as normative, but as positive.

And then you’ve got King George and the Ducky which is an obvious spoof off of David and Bathsheba, but get this: Bathsheba is a rubber ducky. Yes, it’s messed-up that King George has a whole harem – I mean, closet – full of rubber duckies, but at the end of the story, he gives Junior Asparagus his ducky back. And Junior’s relationship with the ducky is considered okay.

Of course, Are You My Neighbor is still the biggest pro-gay Veggietales movie of them all. The worst part? Veggietales doesn’t teach that “people who are different” need to change to be accepted. On the contrary, one of Jimmy and Jerry’s “differences,” their chronic eating, ends up being what saves the entire ship. That’s right, Kevin Swanson. Not only does Veggietales teach that being different is okay, they teach that these “differences” can be positive.

Watch the video for more awesome moments that could be construed as pro-gay.

But hey, at least Jimmy and Jerry were both gourds.

Disclaimer: I have not spoken about these ideas with Big Idea, Phil Vischer, or whoever is making Veggietales nowadays. This post almost certainly reflects the opposite of their beliefs or opinions. The thoughts and opinions in this post are mine and mine alone.

David M Schell About David M Schell
I am a doubter and a believer. I have a Master's in Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, but because faith grows and changes, I don't necessarily stand by everything I've ever written, so if you see something troubling further back, please ask! Read More.

Author: David M Schell

I am a doubter and a believer. I have a Master's in Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, but because faith grows and changes, I don't necessarily stand by everything I've ever written, so if you see something troubling further back, please ask! Read More.

7 thoughts on “VeggieTales Pro-Gay Agenda?!”

  1. For what it’s worth, the Greydanus at Decent Films does say, which is all that really needs to be said on the topic:

    All of this seems to me a) clearly if subtly expressive of a pro-gay culture at Disney, and b) not that big a deal, inasmuch as the themes are subtle and ambiguous enough not pose either a significant annoyance to even savvy parents or a corrupting influence on children. (I would not say that of the pro-gay themes in the likes of Madagascar 2 or the Happy Feet movies; those are in a different category, and I do object to them. With Frozen, I’m more concerned about issues like Squelched Girl Syndrome and the subverting, in very different ways, of the two leading men.)

  2. this is the funniest thing I have read in a long time.
    Honey us Gay people aren’t making or trying to make anyone else gay.
    we literally just want to be treated like people, because we are.
    having differences IS a good thing, how do you think we could evolve as a species otherwise.
    (also calling us Homosexuals does not offend us, i call myself a homosexual all the time even though i’m not attracted to men or women)

  3. I’ve already Put a comment on this today,but I whanted to check something
    Your not still Homopbic like you where when you wrote this right?

    1. I didn’t intend to be homophobic when I wrote it in the first place. It was intended as satire to skewer Kevin Swanson. If something in this is homophobic, I apologize in advance, and if you wouldn’t mind, please let me know so I can change it.

      1. its mostly the parts about ´the Gay agenda´, and how all of the Gay allusions are a problem, I mean yes Elsa was a lesbian, yes Okain is Gay and has a husband and kids. there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, yet you said and i quote ¨Nicely played, Kevin Swanson. You turned a tale of acceptance and love into an agenda to make children gay.¨
        1st of all, seeing Gay people doesn’t make one gay, it literally just allows them to know that being queer is not a bad thing (i mean if seeing gay thing makes you gay, then seeing straight things would make you straight and i see a lot of straight stuff im definitely still gay), And also, A tale of loving and acceptance, you do understand that the fact Disney put gay in just amplifies that correct?
        there are a lot more examples would you like them?

  4. I for one and glad that something christian might have a pro gay agenda as a queer I do not mind being call a homosexual and even call myself a homosexual sometimes. In addition you might not have meant it as this but saying that people have to to change to be accepted is rather than people having to accept people as that are is homophobic.

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