The following editorial is the opinion of the author, a current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
ANAHEIM, CA- Sorry, Mickey. Parents apparently care about their children’s welfare more than they care about your newly-found woke ideology. What’s the saying? Get woke, go broke? Welcome to karma, Disney.
The Walt Disney Company, at one time famous for producing family-friendly programming on the one hand, while gouging parents who attend their theme parks on the other, is finding out the hard way that the American people weren’t too keen with the sudden hard left turn made by the House of Mouse.
In about a one-year period, Disney has seen its stock plummet, falling about 50 percent. This as people tire of Disney’s decision to woke-ify its brand, with their latest decision to take a family favorite, Buzz Lightyear, and kick Tim Allen, who has been the longtime voice of Buzz, to the curb, a clearly political move due to Allen’s conservative leanings.
What the leftists at Disney failed to realize was that Tim Allen made Buzz Lightyear.
Then there was the matter of sexualizing an animated classic, deciding to embed a lesbian makeout scene into a children’s film. This was clearly a case of the ruling class at Disney deciding it was more important to show how woke they were than concerning itself with knowing its audience.
The turnout at movie theaters to see Lightyear has been a snooze fest. Simply put, parents don’t bring their children to the movies to be indoctrinated.
Disney has similarly ruined other brands it inherited, such as Star Wars and Marvel, in addition to Pixar which is the company behind the Toy Story franchise. As Red State notes, there have been entire channels on YouTube created which have individually slammed Disney’s mishandling of Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar.
Disney badly anticipated how its typically loyal audience would respond to Disney’s decision to go full woke and the fact that the story writing in their new productions has been an abject failure. As Red State notes, “leftist politics has infected everyone from Disney’s brass to their writing staff.” And their bottom line has suffered.
In the case of “Lightyear,” the lesbian kiss (totally unnecessary) was bad enough, however the man who took Allen’s place as the voice of Buzz Lightyear, Chris Evans (whoever he is) referred to those critical of the deviant sexual scene as “idiots.”
The downward fall continued with the introduction of a new show on Disney+, “Ms. Marvel,” which was released with the lowest viewership numbers the Disney streaming service has seen of a program to date, especially compared with other programs.
Disney’s last live-action remake, “Mulan,” was greeted with controversy due to the fact Disney decided to suck up to the Chinese Communist government and the film was recorded in the area of China where Muslim Uyghurs are being held in concentration camps. It was a very bad look for Disney.
By taking sides in Florida’s Parental Right Bill, Disney turned off well over 50% of its potential audience. Disney could have just remained silent, however chose to insert itself in the controversy. An overwhelming majority of American parents don’t support indoctrinating children in radical LGBTQ ideology however Disney decided to draw a line in the sand. Unfortunately for Disney, they’re standing on the wrong side of that line.
People can claim that Disney (in particular “Lightyear”) is suffering due to the current recession (let’s call a spade a spade, we’re in a recession). However the current economic malaise didn’t have a negative effect on two other blockbusters released in the past few weeks, including “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Jurassic Park: Dominion,” both of which had record-setting box offices.
Disney is also a victim of its own success. When Disney’s theme parks were closed due to the pandemic, people were anxious to return to the parks with their families when they reopened. However people are simply unwilling to spend $5,000 for a five day stay at a Disney resort, theme park tickets which are confiscatory in price, and then you have to fly to get there. Especially when Disney’s values don’t meld with that of mainstream America.
For those reasons, a lot of Americans are turning away from Disney and toward more family-friendly choices, where they don’t have to worry about their children being indoctrinated into a lifestyle that parents oppose.
Disney has nobody to blame but themselves for losing half their value in the stock market. If they choose to continue putting woke ideology of an overwhelming minority of their employees before their audience, they will lose a hell of a lot more.
For one of our previous pieces about Woke Disney, we invite you to:
The following includes editorial content which is the opinion of the writer.
Time was, when a parent saw the Cinderella castle at the beginning of a movie or television program, with the mystical “When You Wish Upon a Star” playing, you knew it was a safe space.
You knew that the program to follow would be wholesome, family entertainment. You didn’t have to necessarily worry about subliminal messages in the content.
However as time went on, some subtle changes were noticeable. For example the animated movie Pocahontas contained not-so-veiled comments about white Imperialism and spoke of the newcomers to America in not so glowing terms.
It was subtle but there if you paid attention. But for most parents, the content in Disney movies was trustworthy. As we’ve seen lately however, there is a lot more going on at the House of Mouse than parents realize.
When Disney launched their streaming platform Disney+, they began to issue statements which should have raised a gigantic red flag. We heard that some movies, such as Song of the South were going to be excluded. Other movies would have what amounted to “trigger” warnings at the beginning.
Now, according to Breitbart, the Walt Disney Co. had internal discussions on what they called “potentially problematic” movies and characters, among them Tinker Bell and Captain Hook from the 1953 Disney classic Peter Pan. Tinker Bell, remember, has a leading role in the nightly fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom. Now she’s problematic?
According to a New York Times report, Tinker Bell and Captain Hook were among characters who might perpetuate “negative stereotypes.” Another character from The Little Mermaid, Ursula, raised concerns of racism and homophobia.
The Times report said Disney began a review of its movie library as it began the ramp up to the Disney+ streaming service in 2019. Part of the initiative called “Stories Matter” caused Disney to add disclaimers to its classic films for containing “negative depictions or mistreatment of people or cultures.”
That team, two current Disney executives told the Times, privately flagged certain characters as potentially “problematic,” with those findings sent to senior Disney leaders.
Tinker Bell was flagged because she was deemed to be “body conscious” and jealous of Peter Pan’s attention, the executives said.
Meanwhile Captain Hook was exposed as another potential liability because they feared he could expose Disney to accusations of discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities because he is a villain.
They believe his character portrays prejudice against disabled people because he wears a prosthetic hook in place of his hand. As if there are no villains with disabilities.
Breitbart previously reported that Disney launched the streaming service and made sure to include all the social justice warrior trigger warnings on some of its classic movies. Those films included Dumbo, Swiss Family Robinson, Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier, and the original Lady and the Tramp, noting the films may contain “outdated cultural depictions.”
“Stories shape how we see ourselves and everyone around us. So as storytellers, we have the power and responsibility to not only uplift and inspire, but also consciously, purposefully, and relentlessly champion the spectrum of voices and perspectives in our world,” the Stories matter Team says on its website, the Post Millennial reported.
“As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are in the process of reviewing our library and adding advisories to content that includes negative depictions or mistreatment of people or cultures. Rather than removing this content, we see an opportunity to spark conversation and open dialogue on history that affects us all. We also want to acknowledge that some communities have been erased or forgotten altogether, and we’re committed to giving voice to their stories as well.”
“We can’t change the past, but we can acknowledge it, learn from it and move forward together to create a tomorrow that today can only dream of,” the Stories team continued.
The character of Ursula in The Little Mermaid was flagged due to her “flamboyant behavior” which is “potentially homophobic” and she comes across as “queer-coded,” the Times reported. In addition her dark complexion and light-purplish skin tone could be viewed by the triggered as “racist.”
Meanwhile in Dumbo, a crow murder scene is viewed as a “homage to racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations.”
Aristocrats depicts a cat with slanted eyes and buck teeth, which the team describes as “a racist caricature of East Asian peoples,” the report said.
The trigger warning will read as follows:
This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together. Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe.”
Disney forgot the part about indoctrinating the kids into far-left, deviant, woke ideology.
For more on the not-so-wonderful woke world we now find ourselves in, we invite you to:
The following contains editorial content which is the opinion of the author, a staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
Want a little woke with your next vacation? If so, it looks like Alaska Airlines is for you. Maybe for a totally woke experience you can take Alaska Airlines to visit Disney World in Florida.
In another case of a major company bowing to the loudest .6% minority of the population, Alaska Airlines has decided to implement “gender-neutral” uniforms for its flight attendants, as well as updated grooming guidelines which will turn your next flight into a high-altitude freak show, 770-KTTH’s Jason Rantz tells us.
Alaska Airlines has their priorities in order even as flights get canceled and the airline can’t find enough pilots. In describing its new woke policy, the airline said that aside from the gender-neutral uniforms, they will now allow nail polish to be worn by biological males, the addition of more tattoos and piercings, and a variety of hairstyles.
And in case you aren’t sure how to address the flight attendant bringing you coffee or soda, or the person who is issuing your ticket, so-called front line employees will now be permitted to wear a button identifying their preferred pronouns.
Sadly for the alphabet community, at present Alaska will limit those pronouns to “he/him,” “she/her,” and “they/them.” In other words, they need to step up their woke game.
Alaska Airlines announced the new changes in a rather lengthy blog post on the company’s website. The post tells a series of stories about different Alaska Air employees who use all manner of different gender identities to put a face and name to the woke employees of the airline.
“I answer to all pronouns,” says Isaac, a lead customer service agent in Washington, D.C. “I feel that there has been greater awareness and sensitivity to personal pronouns, and I love that. But I’m also cognizant that changes take time and I want our society to feel comfortable with how they view and communicate with me.”
“I love who I am and I refuse to make myself smaller in order to be accepted. This is one thing that I can’t compromise over,” said Monique Mo, a flight attendant based in San Diego. “We all want to look professional, and we all want to be ourselves at the same time—your gender shouldn’t identify what you wear or how you look.”
“Alaska gets it and we’re making the right choices and moving in the right direction,” said someone named David, a lounge concierge. “It’s what I expect from Alaska/Horizon. We do the right thing. It’s part of our culture.”
Then there is Jason, an Alaska Air flight attendant by day and a drag queen at night, who chose to come out at his (oh sorry, “their) senior prom.
“I didn’t do it to make anyone uncomfortable or be the first. I did it for me, and that’s all that matters.”
So once again, we have a major company appeasing the very small, infinitesimal minority at the expense of the majority. As Rantz highlights in his piece, however, what happens if some of that majority refuse to play along?
Because despite what the radical leftists tell us, there are two genders…period. Two X chromosomes equals female, an X and a Y chromosome equals male…follow the science. Are there some people who have the mental illness called gender dysphoria? Clearly, but as noted, they are an extremely small minority of the population.
Yet the remaining 99.4 percent of the population is expected to ignore science and biology and give in to the woke mob. And that woke mob tends to be comprised primarily by so-called “allies” who virtue signal how hip they are because they disregard tens of thousands of years of science and buy into the Baskin & Robbins 57 flavors of gender identity.
So again, what happens if a passenger at 35,000 feet decides not to play along? Will they face the same fate as mask scofflaws who refuse to wear the face diaper? In fact, Jason, the drag queen, acknowledges that some customers might feel uncomfortable with a flight attendant with a beard wearing nail polish.
Jason, who supports the uniform changes said he hopes to get Alaska Airlines’ “support if faced with adversity among peers or guests who may find it difficult to see them [him] wearing nail polish.”
That “support” isn’t defined by Jason, but given what we have seen over the past two years with COVID enforcement, it’s not too far a stretch to picture a passenger who expressed their opinion about a bearded man wearing nail polish and nose piercings being forced off an aircraft and on to a “no-fly” list.
Rantz reached out for an answer to that very question, and an Alaska Airlines spokesperson said they “would not remove a guest for using incorrect pronouns.”
Of course as Rantz notes, most of this is a load of bluster by Alaska Airlines, signaling to the alphabet community and their “allies” that they are woke, while knowing at the same time that despite the gender-neutral uniforms and cool pronoun buttons, it will only be a small minority of Alaska Air employees who in fact act as their “most authentic selves” at work.
As far as the “gender neutral” uniforms, they really aren’t all that much unlike uniforms current flight attendants wear. In this case, they’re a button up shirt and tie, which can also be worn by women, however does that truly make them gender neutral uniforms? As Rantz said, “it’s merely a woman wearing a tie.”
“This is what it means to care—to ensure everyone can bring their best and most authentic selves to work and to be an inclusive and welcoming environment for employees and guests alike. That’s the journey we’re on, and the future of Alaska Airlines,” said the blog.
For more on Woke Disney, we invite you to:
ORLANDO, FL- On Wednesday, March 16th, the Sheriff of Polk County held a press conference announcing the massive sting operation which led to 108 arrests being made, including four Disney employees.
— Roland Deschain (@RolandD89247800) March 17, 2022
According to the Post Millennial, the announcement came just days after the CEO of Disney loudly and publicly opposed Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education Act, which polls allegedly show, is supported by over 60 percent of Americans.
The sting, dubbed “Operation March Sadness Two,” was a multi-agency effort centered around Florida’s Polk County, which lies just southwest of the Orlando urban area and is typically full of tourists.
The sting was a six-day undercover investigation that focused on human trafficking, prostitution, and child predators.
Most of the arrests involved people accused of human trafficking or soliciting prostitution, the sheriff’s office also made four arrests for alleged crimes against children. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement:
“This is huge. Four arrests of this magnitude is simply remarkable.”
There were also four Disney employees among the 108 arrests, including a man who worked as a lifeguard at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
The Sheriff of Polk County held a press conference on Wednesday talking about the culmination of a massive sting operation which lead to 108 arrests being made, including employees of FunSpot and Disney. … https://t.co/4sJ5XcUcIz
— SkyNet Platforms: #TheBrain (@SkyNetPlatform) March 16, 2022
Deputies said that 27-year-old Xavier Jackson, who worked as a lifeguard at the resort, sent sexual images and graphic descriptions of “what he wanted to do” to an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl. Judd said:
“You think there’s a few children around here? That’s right, I didn’t stutter. He was a lifeguard at the Polynesian Resort and he was bragging about that.”
Three other Disney employees were arrested during the operation, however, their alleged crimes did not involve minors.
One of the accused suspects, is a 24-year-old man who worked at the Cosmic Restaurant in Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland. He reportedly worked at Disney for four years. A software developer for Disney and someone who works in IT for the company were also arrested.
Sheriff Judd also stated that 66-year-old Daniel Peters, of Illinois, was also arrested. Peters served as a judge in Cook County (4th Sub Circuit) and as a special assistant for legal affairs at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois.
Deputies said that Peters requested an attorney, to which Sheriff Judd responded by saying:
“Well judge, you need an attorney. You got problems.”
Not a good look… The Sheriff of Polk County held a press conference on Wednesday talking about the culmination of a massive sting operation which lead to 108 arrests being made, including employees of FunSpot and Disney. https://t.co/Hc3KLmGvsr https://t.co/X5yOXQCwKZ
— CrossPolitic (@CrossPolitic) March 16, 2022
Peters was charged with soliciting a prostitute. Polk County Detectives said they identified prostitutes who posted online advertisements as well as “johns” who sought the prostitutes online.
The sheriff’s office said the operation “had the intent to identify and free any victims who were being forced into prostitution [human trafficking], or anyone participating in the trafficking of victims.”
Among those already listed, a worker at the Fun Spot family amusement park was arrested as well as a woman accused of trafficking another young woman.
Wilakson Fidele works at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland and Ralph Leese works in IT. Reportedly, Walt Disney World has placed the three employees on unpaid leave. Timothy Finley, a 39-year-old handyman, has been charged with traveling to meet a young child, resisting arrest, attempted lewd battery, and transmission of explicit material.
Shannon Johnson, 41, has been charged with traveling to meet a 13-year-old girl, attempted lewd battery, and transmission of explicit material. Jody Rose, 36, is facing 11 felony charges for allegedly sending sexually explicit material to who he believed was a 14-year-old girl, saying, “Don’t tell the cops.”
Judd also singled out Richard Jackson, who has been accused of seeking a prostitute and who deals with children as an employee at Fun Spot amusement park; Nelson Cruz, a Cracker Barrel manager who allegedly told authorities he was seeking a prostitute after an argument with his wife; and Tiffany Nash, a KFC manager with 61 prior criminal charges who was allegedly caught bringing a trafficking victim to what she believed was a sexual encounter.
Auburndale Police Chief Andy Ray addressed reporters after Judd to thank all parties involved in the successful operation. He said:
“Everybody is involved in this because it’s important and because the victims of human trafficking and the sex business deserve our help and need our help. We’re happy to be part of taking people off the street that are dangerous to your kids and the community.”
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