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Friday, April 22, 2022

Disney went gay long ago

By opposing the Parental Rights in Education law, CEO Bob Chapek sailed Disney into the iceberg. But Disney, which owns ABC, ESPN, Pixar and a host of other entertainment companies, embraced LGBT long ago. Finally, this is catching up with the once-wholesome Disney.

Initially, Chapek refused to condemn the Parental Rights in Education legislation when it was just a bill.

Activists activated. A few Disney workers protested and walked off the job.

The Tampa Bay Times reported on March 22, "The Florida Democratic Party said Tuesday it is moving venues and rescheduling its annual fundraising gala and organizing event after facing criticism over its timing and its decision to host the event at Walt Disney World.

"The decision was announced hours after the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus said it would skip the event, called Leadership Blue, because it was being held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort near Orlando. The caucus said The Walt Disney Co. didn’t do enough to publicly come out against controversial Florida legislation that would prohibit classroom lessons on sexual orientation or gender identity.

"'Scheduling Leadership Blue at Disney during Pride Month this year is nothing but tone deaf,' Stephen Gaskill, president of the caucus, which has 21 chapters, said in a statement. “To put it another way: (Florida Democratic Party) — read the room.'"

In response, the company came out against the bill.

Well, duh.

Disney and its ABC, ESPN and the rest has been very, very LGBT friendly. That is OK if you are selling entertainment to adults, but Disney was built as a children-safe entertainment enterprise.

This has been going on for some time. Last July, Sam Cleal of BuzzFeed wrote, "45 Of The Greatest Queer-Coded Disney Characters There Have Ever Been, That Aren’t Elsa From Frozen."

The list goes back to movies from 40 years ago or older. He included Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

Now some of this is silly and gays claiming territory that isn't theirs. The old "Lincoln is gay" claim. Actually, his predecessor James Buchanan was a confirmed bachelor but he is one of the worst presidents not named Biden so no one claims him.

Gay Days at Disney World go back at least 40 years when they were all hush-hush.

Now the days are out in the open.

And Disney is now openly promoting gay characters in children's movies.

The New York Post reported on March 30, "A Disney executive vowed more inclusivity in its productions — as the entertainment giant works to make underrepresented groups, such as racial minorities and the LGBTQ community, account for at least 50 percent of its regular characters by the end of the year.

"Karey Burke, president of Disney’s General Entertainment Content, said the company must do more to make its content more inclusive in a company-wide Zoom call Monday that was later posted to Twitter.

"'I’m here as a mother of two queer children, actually,' Burke said on the call. 'One transgender child and one pansexual child, and also as a leader.'

"Burke said she supports featuring “many, many” characters who are LGBTQIA, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning), intersex, and asexual (or allies).

"The call was part of Disney’s Reimagine Tomorrow campaign, according to the video posted on Twitter Tuesday. Its website promises that 50% of regular and recurring characters across the Disney universe will come from 'underrepresented groups.'

"The Disney honcho said she had been dismayed to learn from a colleague that the company only had a 'handful' of queer lead characters in its content."

Parents are dismayed that there are any queer characters.

But parents no longer matter to Disney. The company has grown big, obnoxious and ugly.

Opposing parents rights will cost Disney its tax break in Florida. I hope that is just the beginning.

Dana Loesch lit into Disney, writing, "Am I and are others supposed to feel bad because the most opportune time to end Disney’s corporate welfare exploits the momentum that Disney created against themselves?

"Because I don’t.

"Disney vociferously and hatefully opposed parents who didn’t want ideological activist teachers lecturing their K-5th grade kids about how they bang their significant others after hours — Disney accused parents of opposing this as literally killing gay people because teachers with fantasy pronouns can’t talk about genitals when kids should be learning math.

"The left hated corporations influencing issues because of Citizens United v. FEC until they realized they could push Disney to lobby for them and now they LOVE corporations again! Party! I’m confused — are corporations still evil? They can’t influence issues or push for candidates that aren’t Democrat and they have more rights to a child than the parents raising said child? We really need some consistency from the left here.

"When corporations act as agents of the state all bets are off. When a corporation’s actual heir, the CEO, and executives say on camera and on their own social media accounts (as Disney’s did) that parental rights erase gay people (I know, what?) and people who support parental rights in the classroom are murderers, all bets are off."

Bob Chapek should ask a question that I doubt any Disney CEO has asked in a long, long, long time.

WWWD?

What Would Walt Do?

Maybe they ask it and do the opposite.

I don't know. All I do know is that I no longer care. My grandson (all of 18 months old now) has Baby Shark and the Bread Barbershop. He has no need for Mickey Mouse.

Disney hit Florida. Florida hit back. Hard. That encourages conservatives around the world to fight back. We can beat them. Boycotts don't work. If they did Chick-fil-A would have disappeared a decade ago. No, what works is yanking their privileges.

After hitting the iceberg, Cap'n Chapek should reverse course.

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A reader sent me this excerpt from The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom:

So the line had stuck in my head. “Sex,” I was pretty sure, meant whether you were a boy or girl, and “sin” made Tante Jans very angry, but what the two together meant I could not imagine. And so, seated next to Father in the train compartment, I suddenly asked, “Father, what is sex-sin?”

He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case from the rack over our heads, and set it on the floor.

“Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?” he said.

I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning.

“It’s too heavy,” I said.

“Yes,” he said. “And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.”