It was bound to happen…another post in the blogosphere about the iconic song from Frozen, “Let It Go.” I have succumb to the pressure and hype. I can’t claim that it’s original, but I hope it’s at least helpful.
Every time a song, film, or novel becomes popular there is a line of critics ready to tear it down. “Let It Go” and Frozen were no different. It was anti-feminist; it was too feminist; she was too pretty; she was too strong; she was too weak; she set a false standard for our children. The list goes on. I entertain them all.Pardon my self-indulgent aside: I entertained the critics with Harry Potter, the Left Behind series, The Passion of the Christ, Noah, God’s Not Dead, and countless others. And I rejoice! Yes, I rejoice. No one song, film, or novel can be the definitive work. Every song, film, and novel can however begin a conversation. And we need more of those. We need parents who encourage their children to ask questions and to share. We need children who feel comfortable questioning and sharing. We need adults to have honest and open conversations. We need teachers and communities engaged. Anything that gets us talking is better than silence.
With respect to all the opinions, here’s my take: “Let It Go” has undoubtedly become the theme song for the film. With that status, it has also become the focus of much of the criticism. Nearly every child in America can sing it, so we should be aware of the themes. Can we take issue with some of them? Yes. But, ‘should we take issue with them?’ is a much better question. I say, ‘No.’ Elsa is in the middle of her journey. She is learning. She is growing. She is emotional. “Let It Go” is merely a stepping stone in the process of her becoming the loving, generous queen in the final scenes.
So as you ponder my Media Monday offering, embrace the snowy ice queen’s mantra, “Let IT Go.”
We all have people
who will belittle us, make us feel worthless and cheap, and destroy our sense of self.
Let IT Go!
We all have temptations
that pull us from the Truth, challenge our principles, and prevent us from being who we were called to be.
Let IT Go!
We all have garbage
that weighs us down, riddles us with guilt, regret, and fear, and holds us back.
Let IT Go!
God is ready to take all our critics, temptations, and garbage and guide us to become the loving, generous, best versions of ourselves too.