Hollywood has been forced to defend its new take on the blockbuster film “Frozen,” as critics have slammed it for a series of racist jokes directed at white actors.
While the original movie is about the love and romance between Anna and Elsa, the parody is based on the book and movie by the same title, which has been described as “a textbook example of racism and hate directed against black actors, actresses and musicians.”
The film opens in U.S. theaters on Dec. 16, with a “premiere screening” on Jan. 15, according to a post on the official YouTube channel of Walt Disney Pictures.
In the film, Elsa, played by Idina Menzel, and Anna, played in the original film by Kristen Bell, are married and have a son, but they are separated when Elsa is kidnapped by the evil Queen Elsa and the villainous King Olaf.
The new film, written by Disney Pixar Studios creative chief Ed Catmull, is based off a book by writer Tom Bissell and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Pete Docter.
The film is based heavily on the novel by Anna Chlumsky and features a new song, “Elsa and the King,” by The Chainsmokers, “Anna” by Beyonce and “I Want You Back” by Rihanna.
While it was widely praised for portraying a story in which a white couple (Frozen) have been married, critics have been quick to attack the film for its racial overtones.
Critics were quick to note the movie is based around the same time period as the white supremacists who killed six black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, in June 2016.
“There is a reason for this movie.
It’s based on a racist book,” writer Dan Harmon said on Twitter, writing that the film is a “dire example of white supremacy.””
It is the first time in my career that I’ve seen something so blatantly racist.””
Frozen” also stars Kristen Bell and Idina Manchysky as Elsa and Anna respectively.
The book also references the Ku Klux Klan, who claimed to be “a peace-loving race,” according to Variety, a reference to the white supremacist group that founded the Ku-Kluxon.
“It’s not the first white-led hate movie.
And it won’t be the last.
But it’s the first I’ve ever seen that tries to portray racism as a good thing,” Joe Matera, a writer for The New York Times, told the Hollywood Reporter.
Matera also noted the movie has been praised for its “tendency to lampoon the very idea of race in America.”
“Disney Pixar, who’s a brand name that has long been associated with the genre, seems to have taken that and made it a brand of hate.”