A key piece of Hollywood history can explain why Disney hides gay characters in plain sight, according to National Student Pride’s podcast #QueerAF. The podcast looks at why Disney chooses to have ‘coded gay,’ instead of openly gay characters. And it’s all down to a 1930’s attempt to make Hollywood less sexy.
At the time, a motion pictures code was created. Known as the ‘Hayes code’ it was a set of moral guidelines for the film industry. It created rules for all films released in the USA.
Even though many producers pushed the boundaries of the code, it was in force until 1968. And though some experts say its legacy lives on in Disney today, that might not always be a bad thing.