An interesting thing happened after the animated flick ParaNorman hit theaters. While the critics, and most fans, seemed to love the film, it seems like some were caught off guard by the revelation that one of the film’s characters was gay.
Despite not making a big deal about the character’s sexual orientation throughout the film, (it is revealed nonchalantly at the end of the film), some were critical of the mention at all—as if the knowledge that gay people exist will somehow harm their children.
“People can be as PC as they like. Brought my son to this and the movie was fantastic. But the end with the plug for a lifestyle choice was not needed. Dont create a film for children and force me to have a discussion about “why did he say that dad” because someone sexual preference is their personsl choice and doesnt have to be advertised to our youth…period”
While it’s certainly up to parents to teach their own values to their children, getting offended at the mere mention of gay people seems a bit much. Moreover, the argument about “advertising” sexuality is ironic considering no one seems to care when kids are exposed to two heterosexual characters kissing. Isn’t that an “advertisement” as well?
But what do you think?
Should films geared toward children downplay the existence of gay people? Or should they be incorporated like everyone else?