What happens when an irresistible force like “Too big to fail” meets an immovable object like the ironclad law, “Get woke, go broke”? It appears that what’s happening is that some of the most powerful entertainment megacorps are cracking up due to self-inflicted wounds caused by putting leftist virtue signaling ahead of serving their core customer base. Cases in point: Netflix and Disney, two companies that got very woke, very arrogant and are having a very bad week/year.
Wednesday, Netflix suffered a 35.1% drop in its stock price, the worst since 2004, after announcing that instead of the expected first quarter subscriber increase, it lost 200,000 subscribers. Including Wednesday, Netflix’s stock is down 62% for the year.
Netflix’s plunge dragged down other large streaming services, including Disney, which dropped by 5.6%.
Of course, there are a number of contributing factors. People are going back to work after the pandemic (Note to Washington: the pandemic is OVER!) and not streaming Netflix all day. There’s rising competition. Netflix just raised its prices at a time when Americans are cutting expenses due to high inflation. All of these things give them cover to ignore a cancer they’d rather pretend doesn’t exist, but Elon Musk, as usual, dared to voice the unspeakable truth on Twitter: “The woke mind virus is making Netflix unwatchable.”
And he’s right: Netflix used to provide fun movies to distract us from the problems of the world. Now, they concentrate more on creating “original” programming (I have to put "original" in quotation marks) that pushes woke messages and undermines traditional moral values. It was admirable that they actually refused to “cancel” Dave Chappelle for daring to tell jokes about radical LGBTQ activists, but they still knuckled under by vowing to spend millions on shows pushing their message. In fact, they’ve squandered tons of money on woke message shows that hardly anyone is watching.
And Robert Spencer at PJ Media reminds us of some of Netflix’s recent brilliant programming decisions, from a documentary narrated by Barack Obama (can you imagine them asking Trump to narrate a show?) to a cartoon series that attacked Christians in a vulgar fashion to the execrable “Cuties,” which was basically an attempt to mainstream kiddie porn.
And they wonder why people refuse to pay to pipe this sewage into their living rooms?
Meanwhile, Disney has its own set of self-created problems. Wednesday, Florida’s Senate voted to end the self-governing status Disney has enjoyed since Walt Disney World was built. It’s expected to pass the House, and Gov. Ron DeSantis will likely sign it, since he already called for it.
While popular with most on the right, some are protesting that it’s anti-free speech to punish Disney for taking political stands. Others, however, say the reason is unimportant; that kind of crony capitalism should’ve ended long ago anyway.
Personally, I think they should be viewed as two separate issues. No, Disney shouldn’t have such a sweetheart deal. And yes, both Florida political leaders and parents are justifiably outraged. Disney isn’t just “taking a political position.” They’re diving headfirst into leftist political activism. They’re also destroying their nearly century-old reputation as a creator of safe, wholesome family entertainment in favor of pushing inappropriate sexual messages and LGBTQ propaganda onto small children.
If the current CEO thinks that mollifying the loudest, most radical activists on his staff is more important than maintaining the company’s reputation and customer base, then it deserves to drop in stock value and lose business. And he deserves to be replaced. There are already whispers of that happening. Couldn’t happen fast enough, if you happen to be a Disney stockholder.
By the way, if Netflix and Disney would rather go into the grooming and indoctrination business than provide family-friendly entertainment, there are any number of other companies ready and willing to fill the void. Ben Shapiro of the Daily Wire recently announced a $100 million investment in creating children's entertainment.
Here’s another new channel that “Full House” star Candace Cameron Bure is helping to launch.
And our pop culture guru Pat Reeder listed some others recently, which I’ll repost below. So it’s not as if we’ll run out of anything to watch if we don’t have Netflix or Disney:
From 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.
Or you could just watch old sitcoms on Hulu. But you should know it’s owned by Disney.
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LYNN M LAMAR
04/25/2022 12:27 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you...for caring about our kids and my grandkids...God bless you!! See you at the Banquet!!!
04/25/2022 10:19 AM
Dear mike, do you know why Biden is the one out of all NATO members who gets to say Poland can't send the planes they have to Ukrain? I can't understand this and haven't been able to find an answer. Please let your readers know the why of this. Keep up the awesome job you do informing your readers. I depend on you for the truth.
04/25/2022 09:33 AM
“I know what happened “!!!!! I have the answer!!!! Joe Biden overdosed on “RELAXIUM” !!! His brain went to sleep and can’t get up!!
04/24/2022 11:21 PM
Mr. Trump had one serious and one not so serious fault as an executive. The serious fault was he was frequently wrong in sizing up people. Jerome Powell, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, all his secretaries of defence except tperhaps the last. Mike Milley, Jeff Sessions, Chris Wray, Deputy at Department of Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, etc. If he is to run again for president, this is one area where he has to improve a lot. His propensity to utter any thought that came to his mind mày have cost him politically, but was otherwise not as serious existentially.
04/24/2022 11:19 PM
"While popular with most on the right, some are protesting that it’s anti-free speech to punish Disney for taking political stands."
Corporations don't have a right to free speech! The constitution guarantees free speech to people, not corporations. The indivuduals making up corporations have that right, but not the corporations which are not people. Bob Chapek has the right express his support for what he believes in (and face the consequences of expressing his beliefs and his support, as do we all). The Disney corporation has no such constitutional protection. Free speech for corporations is a red herring.
04/24/2022 08:01 PM
Please don't do away with your free daily newsletter, which I read religiously. I would love to be able to access you on Substack but as a recent widow at 70 years old, I cannot afford the cost. When my husband died, I lost over half my income. I've had to make some hard choices and don't want to lose access to your newsletter.
04/24/2022 07:46 PM
Governor, when I saw Obama was going into Netflix, I decided then and there that I didn't any part of that crap. I didn't like him as President after he had that AWOL traitor to the White House and his folks.
He traded 5 terrorists in Gitmo for that creep. The creep was mad at his boss for something and walked off the job and picked up by Afghanistan terrorists.
04/24/2022 07:21 PM
Mike I have found that IMDB.com is also streaming movies for free and I have started watching and found some pretty good movies I have never heard of. Another good choice for family viewing
04/24/2022 05:27 PM
Made a grammatical error in my email -
Much more liberal than WE regular watchers are willing to watch!!
04/24/2022 05:25 PM
My friends and I have been long-time watchers of Hallmark movies. I'm concerned that they, too, are changing to become much more liberal than us regular watchers are willing to watch.