If the phrase, “Get woke, go broke,” is true, then the Disney Corp, which had revenues of over $65 billion last year, is risking an awful lot just to virtue signal its leftist intolerance.
For instance, a new Survey Monkey poll found that most Americans are not at all happy with Disney’s embrace of leftist social issues and canceling of those who don’t conform.
The firing of “The Mandalorian” star Gina Carano over her social media post criticizing cancel culture has only boosted her stardom, and the poll finds widespread disagreement with Disney over it. 58% of those who recognized Carano had a favorable opinion of her. When shown her post (which warned that demonizing others was how the Nazis began their persecution of Jews), 39% thought it could have been worded better but she shouldn’t have been fired for it, and 34% saw nothing wrong with it at all. Bottom line: that’s 73% who think she should not have been fired.
In addition, almost two-thirds believe that companies like Disney have taken political correctness too far; 64% oppose Disney’s decision to close down popular theme park rides that are accused of being “racist” in origin or messaging; and 54% oppose Disney’s threat to boycott Georgia for banning abortions of babies with detectable heartbeats. 51% of self-described Disney fans say its recent activities make them view the company less favorably, and 47% say it’s made them less likely to watch Disney programming.
They also must feel that Disney has no room to be judging others, considering its own hypocrisy. A massive 84% disagree with Disney shooting its live action “Mulan” remake in a province of China where the communist government is oppressing minority groups. Disney should have taken a lesson about ticking off their fans from the fact that that movie cost $200 million to make and earned back $70 million.
But they obviously didn’t, since the latest news is that, joining “The Muppet Show” in Disney-Plus’s adults-only, offensive content section will be “Peter Pan,” “Dumbo” and “The Aristocats,” for their racist depictions of Native Americans, black crows and Siamese cats.
These films will be blocked to children and can be seen by them only with the permission of an adult. Even if adults want to watch them, they’ll have to sit through a disclaimer that lectures, "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."
Funny, if they hadn’t told me, I never would’ve imagined that they were speaking to adults. Most adults I know are capable of realizing that a movie made in 1941 might not reflect the current social values of 2021 and somehow manage to watch “Dumbo” without turning into drooling racists. They might also roll their eyes at the thought that the current Disney suits who think the original classic “Dumbo” is something to be ashamed of are the same ones who gave us the woeful 2019 remake (46% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.)
Incidentally, TCM is also doing a series called “Reframed Classics” that will include “wide-ranging discussions” of “problematic” aspects of classic films, including “My Fair Lady,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” and appropriately enough, “Psycho.” You’d think that if anyone would be grown adults who understand historical context without a condescending lecture, it would be viewers of TCM.
Since Disney seems to think much of its classic catalog that people subscribed to Disney Plus for is offensive, dangerous, racist and should be hidden from children, maybe they’d agree that the best thing to ensure a "more inclusive future" would be for parents to cancel their subscriptions. They could use the money saved to buy DVDs of classic films, so that when they are eventually brutally edited or yanked completely, they’ll still be able to see them as Walt and their other creators intended.