A possible hint that this may be the case was the scene when lead male character Kristoff entered the sauna, to be met with the big and burly Oaken. During the scene, he directed Kristoff to wave to the people currently occupying the sauna by saying “hello, family” – which was met with a quick cut shot to a waving family comprised of another adult man inside the sauna surrounded by four kids all waving ‘woo hoo’ in return.
While there was no clear quote to prove this, film reviewers and bloggers have said this may have implied Oaken was gay, and that he was telling Kristoff to wave to his own family inside the sauna.
Other themes in the movie that make it progressive include the way it addressed self-empowerment, equality between genders with strong male and female leads, and by questioning “mistakes” Disney has made in past movies, such as how one could possibly fall in love with and want to marry someone that they just met.
Meanwhile, the Disney Channel has introduced their first openly-lesbian parents in the TV show Good Luck Charlie.
According to TVGuide.com, the episode that aired in the US last week had parents Amy and Bob Duncan (Leigh-Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer) set up a play date for preschooler Charlie (Mia Talerico) and one of her new friends. When the kid arrives, the Duncans learn that Charlie’s pal has two mums.
A Disney spokesperson has since stated: “This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors. Like all Disney Channel programming, it was developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness.”
In Australia, Channel Nine’s House Husbands has already been showcasing gay parenting since 2012 with couple Kane (Gyton Grantley) and Tom (Tim Campbell).