Fear the Queer: Vilifying Queer Characters in Disney Films

Brittany Eldridge (University College London)

With Disney's apathetic response to the "Don't Say Gay" bill, it is important to shed light on Disney's past interactions and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community. Disney has only recently begun to make strides with representation of queer characters in their television shows, but they have yet to produce a queer main character in one of their films - even though Disney has stated on multiple occasions that a character will be their 'first' queer character. This essay seeks to establish that Disney implements queerbaiting and queercoding in some of its most famous villains, and in doing so, vilifying queerness.

Part of 08-01 Queering Disney [hybrid], Saturday, October 15, 10:30 am–12:30 pm