State Dept Official: 'Frozen' Should Teach About Climate Change
Disney is not getting on board with an idea by a high-ranking State Department official to use “Frozen” to teach kids about climate change in the Arctic.
The official said at a conference in Norway that he believed the hit Disney film is giving kids an unrealistic view about what’s really going on.
The National Journal reported:
Adm. Robert Papp, the U.S. special representative for the Arctic, told an audience at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Norway this week that he met with a Disney executive to discuss raising awareness about the polar region using characters from the wildly popular movie Frozen. You can't be in this business and not see Frozen, Papp said, adding that he has watched the movie at least 20 times thanks to his two young granddaughters.
A staffer from his office came up with the idea for Disney to create public service announcements focused on the Arctic starring the movie's main characters: Elsa, a princess with powers over ice and snow; her younger sister, Anna; a reindeer named Sven; and Olaf, a talking snowman who loves summer.
"I said, you've taught an entire generation about the Arctic," Papp said, describing his exchange with the Disney executive. "Unfortunately, the Arctic that you've taught them about is a fantasy kingdom in Norway where everything is nice. What we really need to do is educate the American youth about the plight of the polar bear, about the thawing tundra, about Alaskan villages that run the risk of falling into the sea because of the lack of sea ice protecting their shores."
Papp, however, said a Disney executive told him the company prefers to focus on stories with happy endings.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck got some reaction this morning from former Pentagon spokesman J.D. Gordon.
He believes this is yet another indication of the Obama administration’s misplaced priorities. Gordon said Iran is moving closer to a nuclear weapon, yet the “White House is talking about climate change as the number one security threat.”
Watch the interview above.