Global entertainment giant Walt Disney Company has veered off the slope of rationality and common sense and dived straight into the left cesspool of woke ideas. A company that openly makes movies near the concentration camps housing Uyghur Muslims who are being exterminated in conditions much more gruesome than Holocaust is now preaching to the world about inclusivity and free will.
Reportedly, Disney’s Diversity and Inclusion Manager Vivian Ware on Wednesday during a company call stated that Disney had banned any mention of ‘Boys’ and ‘Girls’ in its theme parks across the country and abroad.
Ware said in a company video, first reported by City Journal writer Christopher F. Rufo that Disney has already eliminated “all of the gendered greetings in relationship to our live spiels, so we no longer say, ‘Ladies and gentlemen or boys and girls.'”
She further added that the company is in the process of “changing over those recorded messages” and “working with merchandise, working with food and beverage” to eliminate gender references.
Disney has yet to halt the use of Prince or Princess
Disney which runs these theme parks and claims them to be the ‘happiest and magical place on earth’ is implementing an idea that does little on the ground to make any difference. However, when asked if the company was doing away with gendered terms like “princes” and “princesses” — a loud, stoic silence prevailed.
Disney needs the Prince and Princess tag to sell its fantasy movies as well as the merchandise. The ‘Boy’ and ‘Girl’ tags didn’t really sell those as it was inconsequential. However, by commodifying the rainbow genders, Disney is merely exploiting the LGBTQ community. It simply gives positive PR to the company from the woke section. If it was indeed serious about the community, usage of terms like Prince and Princess should also have been halted.
Moreover, like a hypocrite, Disney still categorizes the company’s clothing and other merchandise under “men’s,” “women’s,” “girls'” and “boys'” and even offers products specifically labelled “for women” on its website.
50 per cent of Disney characters will be from the LGBTQ community
Disney’s pandering to woke ideas wasn’t a one-off instance as Karey Burke, president of Disney’s General Entertainment Content on Wednesday, during a company-wide Zoom call remarked that the entertainment giant was attempting to at least make 50 per cent of its characters, a member of the LGBTQ community.
Yes, a tiny, minuscule proportion of the population will now hog 50 per cent of the character space on our Television and cinema screens. Meanwhile, the other traditional minority communities have been simply sacrificed at the altar of wokeness.
Karey said, “I’m here as the mother of two queer children, actually, one transgender child and one pansexual child, and also as a leader. I have heard so much from so many of my colleagues over the past few weeks in open forums, through emails, and phone conversations. I feel a responsibility to speak not just for myself but also for [my kids].”
Karey stated that she was dismayed to learn from a colleague that the company only had a “handful” of queer lead characters in its content.
She said, “And I went, ‘What? That can’t be true. And I realized it actually is true. We have many, many, many LGBTQIA characters in our stories and yet we don’t have enough leads and narratives in which gay characters just get to be characters and not have to be about gay stories.”
Disney is protesting against the Florida Bill
Disney’s aggressive stance to ban anything conforming to the orthodox gender identities comes on the heels of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signing a legislation on Monday that bans Florida teachers from discussing LGBTQ topics like sexual orientation or gender identity with students unless they’re in the fourth grade or higher.
The Bill does not ban the word “gay” in school settings and does not ban casual discussions of topics relating to sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom but has nonetheless been referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” by numerous media outlets, Democrat politicians as well as Walt Disney.
Disney has openly batted against the bill by stating, “Florida’s HB 1557, also known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, should never have passed and should never have been signed into law. We are dedicated to standing up for the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family, as well as the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country. “Don’t Say Gay bill, should never have passed and should never have been signed into law,”
A dangerous woke idea that takes away the free will
Inclusiveness is one side of the coin but forcing such strong ideas on children who are yet to grasp the definitions of sex or gender is a dangerous idea. It is akin to grooming children to assume a different sexual orientation just because their favourite Disney character told them to do so or pretended to do so.
A three-year-old boy who supposedly shows few effeminate traits does not automatically mean that he is ‘Gay’ or identifies as a ‘Girl’. Let the child grow up, read the required material and make an informed idea about his own identity. Trying to teach him from the beginning that he can be gay, lesbian, pansexual severely clouds his judgement and takes away his free will.
Disney may lose its India business
If Disney is indeed working for the cause of the LGBTQ community, it should make 50 per cent of recruitment to the top administerial positions in the company, only open to the rainbow community. Or, it should start by not making movies like Mulan on the blood money of Chinese overlords.
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Disney which has a big user base in India through its streaming collaboration with Hotstar may be setting itself for failure if it comes with such ideas in India. Rather than trying to force representation and fake its ‘holier-than-thou’ attitude, Disney should attempt to make entertaining movies and shows. That’s all the viewers care about.