If you know me then you know that I am a huge Disney freak. Even at the prime age of 24 I still relish my old Disney movies. Who needs to go out in public when I can stay in with Cinderella, Mulan, and Tarzan? But out of all the great Disney movies out there my favourite Disney movie, perhaps my favourite movie of all time, is The Little Mermaid. I don’t even know how to put into words my love of this movie. Ever since I watched it when I was a toddler, I was mesmerized. Even my parents couldn’t understand why I was so infatuated by a mermaid princess. Well, after watching Ariel turn into a human for the 723523452459 time I think I finally figured why I was so drawn to this movie. The Little Mermaid is actually LGBT friendly. Growing up as a young closeted gay The Little Mermaid was probably my first foray into the gay community.
1. Ursula is based on a Drag Queen.
We all know Ursula as the baddest bitch under the sea. She is a fierce queen that will turn you into a green sea plant without even smudging her lipstick. But did you know that Ursula is based on a drag queen? Disney used famous drag queen Divine as the basis of Ursula. She obviously got her flawless makeup and flair for the dramatic from the original Queen.
2. Ariel is an Outsider.
Throughout the movie Ariel is portrayed as an outsider. She clearly doesn’t fit into her mermaid community. Ariel’s desire to know more about the human world makes her an outcast in society. Her own father doesn’t understand her and tries to make her destroy her desires and dreams. Everyone in the LGBT community has felt like an outsider once in their fabulous lives. At one point in our life we have all left like we don’t belong because of what’s in our hearts. We’ve all felt like a “fish out of water” among our peers. Ariel is animated proof that it gets better.
3. The Little Mermaid is based on a Homosexual Relationship
Long before The Little Mermaid was an animated masterpiece it was a fairy tale from the king of fairy tales Hans Christian Andersen. Hans Christian Andersen wrote The Little Mermaid in 1837 and it is rumoured to be influenced by a homosexual relationship he had. Hans allegedly wrote The Little Mermaid for Edvard Collin, whom he had unrequited feelings for. In the original story, the little mermaid watches as her prince marries another. Hans based the story on his feelings when Edvard married another girl.
4. “Part Of Your World” Is a Gay Anthem
Ariel uses the movies most infamous song “Part Of Your World” as a way to express her longing to be on land with the humans. While Ariel dreams of being a part of the human world, the song can still be representative of the gay community. For a long time the LGBT community has longed to be a part of hetero-society. I’m not saying that all gays wish they were straight. What I mean is that most of the LGBT community wishes they could be a part of the heterosexual society created by the media. Walking down the street holding hands with your partner, Not getting stares when expressing PDA, the prospect of meeting a cute gay guy at the supermarket. These are all things that hetero-society can partake in without being judged or abused. There is a whole “straight world” that gay people aren’t a part of. Yes, I love being gay and fully support the gay community. But sometimes I wish I could meet a cute guy at a bookstore, like in a heterosexual romantic comedy. While Ariel longs to be part of the human world, I long to be a part of the magical “hetero-world”. A world where I don’t have to fear walking down the street with my partner.
5. King Triton is the Ultimate Muscle Daddy.
That white beard, those muscles, that kinky arm jewelry. King Triton is definitely a hot muscle daddy. Imagine what he can do with that trident. Mhmm, yaaas Daddy!
6. Eric Is the Hottest Disney Prince
Through this classic Disney tale we are introduced to the sexiest Disney Prince of all time. Sure Aladdin had nice torso, Prince Phillip had perfect hair, and Flynn Rider had a jawline that could cut glass, but Eric was the whole package. The bright blue eyes, dark black hair, and strong sailor arms. Eric was probably every 90’s gay’s first crush. He is responsible for thousands of young gay boys coming to terms with their sexuality. Thanks Disney for creating this perfect animated character.
7. It Featured Sea Men
Disregard the obvious raunchy joke of men at sea. The movie had sailors dancing and singing on a ship. If that doesn’t scream gay I don’t know what does.