Anyone doubting how far off the deep end of radical gender politics Disney has plunged should read this Daily Mail report of a company-wide Zoom meeting.
Among the revelations: we learn that Disney no longer uses “gendered” terms like “boys and girls” at its theme parks and assumes that little girls no longer want to be called “princesses” (do they assume that the boys do?)…
A Disney executive in charge of content claimed she’s the mother of “two queer children” (one transsexual and one pansexual) and declared that her goal is to make half of all Disney characters racial minorities or LGBTQIA (for the record: the gay population of the US is about 3% and trans people are fewer than 1%)…
A Disney animation executive producer gushed that “Our leadership over there has been so welcoming to my not-so-secret gay agenda. Wherever I could, I was adding queerness. No one would stop me, and no one was trying to stop me.” (They’ve gone from “How dare you homophobes suggest that there’s a gay agenda?” to “How dare you homophobes criticize our blatant gay agenda?”)…
Also invited in on the call was Nadine Smith, co-founder of Equality Florida, who bizarrely claimed that the ultimate goal of Republicans and the new Parental Rights Protection Law is to take kids away from their parents: 'When they can erase you, when they can criminalize your existence, when they can demonize who you are, the next step is to criminalize you and take your kids.” (FYI: The goal of the bill is to stop schools from taking away the parents’ right to determine whether their young children will be exposed to sexual content and gender politics. If anyone is trying to take away parents’ right to raise their kids, it’s the schools. And Disney, apparently.)
I notice that in the comments on this article, there are a lot of people saying they just canceled their Disney Plus subscriptions or their plans to vacation at Disney parks. That’s understandable. But I also know that Disney is ubiquitous in the world of children’s entertainment, and parents want safe, family-friendly entertainment for their kids. If Disney has left that business to go into the propaganda racket, where else can parents turn? For that, I turned to our resident pop culture guru, Pat Reeder, for some suggestions…
Pat: If you’re looking for Christian-oriented programming for the whole family, first stop would be TBN, where we do the “Huckabee” show. With that shameless plug out of the way, there are also lots of other great shows on TBN. They even have a 24-hour free streaming service of programs for kids ages 2-12. It’s called Smile of a Child TV, and you can sign up here:
Some other popular Christian streaming services that offer movies, family-friendly TV series and kids programming are Pureflix (https://www.pureflix.com), Minno (https://www.gominno.com), Faith Life TV (https://faithlifetv.com), Up Faith & Family (https://uptv.com) and the Dove Channel (https://www.dovechannel.com.) If you’re just looking to stream movies, there’s Christian Cinema (https://www.christiancinema.com) and Vid Angel, which offers regular movies with the objectionable material edited out, the way broadcast TV does -- or used to (https://www.vidangel.com.)
If you have an Amazon Prime membership for free shipping, it includes all sorts of other benefits, including free streaming of music and thousands of movies and TV shows. And if you have any cable service with Turner Classic Movies, you can get the TCM app for your Firebox, Roku, etc., and stream a constantly-changing assortment of classic films from the days when Hollywood made movies instead of political speeches.
YouTube is owned by Google, which I hate to support, but if you’re willing to sit through brief commercials, you can watch it for free. There are now hundreds of full-length movies on YouTube, as well as episodes of older TV shows and classic cartoons, where Bugs Bunny in a dress is the closest you'll get to gender politics messages.
And there are many YouTube channels created by regular people that are frankly more interesting and sometimes better produced than what you’ll find on the networks. Since I prefer history and other non-fiction, I find that most of what I watch these days is on YouTube. Some of my favorite channels that I highly recommend are:
In the Food and Crafts category, try the charming Emmymade, the hilarious Recipe Archeology, the Southern cooking videos left us by the late Phyllis Stokes, and countless others, including such favorites as Jacques Pepin, Graham Kerr and Justin Wilson. Tasting History combines recipes from the past with the fascinating stories behind them. Music fans should check out the Professor of Rock, Sea of Tranquility, Wings of Pegasus, the Real Music Observer, Vinyl Rewind and Todd In The Shadows’ “One Hit Wonderland.”
Fans of classic movies and TV will love LandumC Goes There. If you like visiting cool places without leaving your La-Z-Boy, travel the USA on Daze With Jordan The Lion. If you like movies, try The Critical Drinker and for classic horror film history, Dark Corners Reviews. Those interested in Broadway musicals will love Wait In The Wings and Staged Right. And some of our favorite unique YouTube series include the Velveteen Lounge Kitch-en, Record Ology, Hellthy Junk Food, Food Theory, Freedom Toons and the Ultimate Fashion History.
Or you could just watch old sitcoms on Hulu. But you should know it’s owned by Disney.