Will Disney Pay The Price for Hard-Left Turn?
Shareholders in the Walt Disney Company are being badly hurt by the media giant’s extremely aggressive pandering to social justice advocates, especially when it comes to opposing legislation from Florida governor Ron DeSantis preventing child indoctrination in schools. And now Disney CEO Bob Chapek is inserting hard-left themes in almost all of its content. Since their recent decisions, Disney’s stock has lost over 40% of its value; and in April it was the worst-performing stock in the Dow Jones Industrial Average according to CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla.
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) April 20, 2022
If you take a look at some of the shows and movies they’ve been making lately, almost all of their personnel and storylines are 100% liberal. Take the antics of actor Chris Evans for example. He replaced comedian Tim Allen as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in Pixar’s recent sci fi spinoff Lightyear, and claimed that conservatives and those who oppose the company’s social justice efforts are going to “die off like dinosaurs.” It’s pretty telling that he’s like his Knives Out character in real life, huh?
In addition, their ABC television network continues to push woke propaganda into its prime time entertainment lineup. For example, the network’s prime time drama A Million Little Things had a storyline recently demonizing anyone who disagrees with its overt wokeness:
Regina: You sure you want to do that?
Rome: I don’t know what else I can do.
Dre: What’s this?
Rome: It’s my resignation. Look, I know Maddox’s parents blame me for him being trans. I’m sorry, man. I was only trying to help, and obviously, I just made things worse.
Dre: I’m not accepting this. I thought about it a lot, and all you did was protect a child that couldn’t protect themselves. The fact that you had to defend them to their parents is heartbreaking. You’re doing exactly what I brought you here to do. I’m just sorry the Ainsworths don’t see it that way.
Rome: But I thought you said if I wasn’t fired, the Ainsworths would stop donating to the school.
Dre: I think that’s happening either way. Clark called me this morning. They’re pulling Maddox out of Sussex.
At least this show is consistent in its commitment to alienate those who aren’t pleased with its overt propaganda in recent seasons.
Now back to Lightyear. Deadline reports that this past weekend, the film became a financial disappointment at the box office – grossing just $85 million worldwide. Breitbart’s John Nolte said it perfectly in a recent analysis about why it didn’t do so well:
Hollywood should make movies for everyone. What will never sell is mainstreaming homosexuality. There are two reasons for this: 1) it makes 90 percent of the population uncomfortable, and 2) every time it pops up in a movie or TV show it comes off like a lecture instead of a natural part of the story. No one likes a lecture. It makes us roll our eyes. It breaks the storytelling spell. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth. It ruins the whole experience.
Even Cartoon Brew, a website focused on animation – and no conservative bastion by any means, admitted the same-sex kiss scene didn’t help anything.
Most CEO’s would have stopped Disney’s corruption a long time ago, but Chapek may be wanting to please his peers in Hollywood by letting the inmates run the asylum. What’s amazing though, is there’s no shareholder’s revolt about this. Never in the history of the Walt Disney Company has a CEO and a corporate culture that shifted under his watch alienated so many people. Not just conservatives, but the very LGBTQ community he’s been trying to pander to.
Sadly, when a major corporation like Disney, which controls a major part of the American media, uses its power to influence social issues and politics, things can end up very badly. That kind of corruption pleases nobody, and I personally as a Disney shareholder am not pleased by the wounds the company has chosen to inflict on itself with these decisions.
And don’t think of Universal Studios as a non-woke alternative when it comes to theme parks, as they too pander to social justice activists as well. As for me personally, I’m not going to let this affect whether or not I go to the Disney parks again in the future. But, if you seriously feel alienated by woke Hollywood’s blatant propaganda, I’d suggest going to the beach instead – or even Dollywood. I’m sure country music legend Dolly Parton would appreciate your business.