By Christopher R Rice
Walt Disney was a bigot, a sexist and Disney hates you. Highlighted by a speech made by Meryl Streep at the National Board of Review Awards. Streep indicated that Disney was anti-Semitic and a “gender bigot.”
In researching her accusations there does seem to be some merit to the accusations. Disney himself has been quoted as saying that he prefers working with men. Streep even read from a letter written by Disney in 1938 saying that he did not hire women for the jobs of animation and preferred on all male studio.
On December 24, 2006, Peggy Orenstein published, “What’s Wrong With Cinderella?” in The New York Times. In her article, Orenstein discussed her concerns about the effects of princess figures on young girls.
Many of the Disney films consciously supported and reinforced ideas of patriarchal culture—that the female needs to be rescued and that only a man can do the rescuing.
Princesses in later Disney movies such as The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast could be smart but they still needed to be pretty and above all, searching for a man.
The Southern Baptist Convention called for the boycott of all things Disney including movies, theme parks and TV shows.
The leaders claimed that Disney’s policies were not family friendly.
From Wikipedia: In January 2016 lawsuits were filed against Disney, HCL Technologies and Cognizant alleging the companies colluded to bring in holders of H-1B visas to replace American workers thereby breaking the law. The lawsuits were filed by two former employees who filed a separate but similar complaint both seeking class-action status. This is the first lawsuit filed against both the former employer and the outsourcing companies, alleging that the companies involved collaborated intentionally to displace Americans and replace them with foreign workers. In October 2016, federal Judge Gregory A. Presnell of the United States District Court in Orlando has dismissed the lawsuits stating “none of the allegedly false statements put at issue in the complaint are adequate”.
In October 2017, Occidental College issued a report on the economic condition of the workers at Disneyland. The Anaheim area is a very expensive community to live in and yet, despite steep increases in the cost of housing and other necessities, Disneyland workers have suffered steady pay cuts after adjusting for inflation.
The average hourly wage for Disneyland Resort workers in real dollars dropped 15% from 2000 to 2017, from $15.80 to $13.36. Today, over 80% of Disneyland workers make less than $12 an hour.
Incredibly, more than one out of 10 Disneyland Resort employees report having been homeless – or not having a place of their own to sleep – in the past two years.
Disney withheld bonuses up to $1,000 from 41,000 union employees in Florida and California under the condition they accept the company’s wage proposal or forfeit the bonuses entirely.
The report noted, “In the decade from 2007-2016, Disneyland’s attendance grew 21 percent, ticket prices grew 59 percent, and revenue grew 98 percent,” and full-time Disney employees generate over $144,000 in annual revenue for the company.
Walt Disney was a racist. For example, during a story meeting on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs he referred to the scene when the dwarfs pile on top of each other as a “nigger pile” and whilst casting Song of the South he used the term pickaninny. The supposed insensitivity Disney and some of his employees showed in many cartoons including the short Mickey’s Mellerdrammer where Mickey Mouse dresses in blackface, the stereotypical “Black” Bird in the short Who Killed Cock Robin, Sunflower the half donkey-half black servant centaurette in Fantasia, the film Song of the South which depicts an idealized version of slavery, the depiction of Native American ‘Indians’ as savage in Peter Pan, the cunning and manipulative Siamese Cats in Lady and the Tramp and the poor and uneducated Crows in Dumbo (although in that particular instance they were made sympathetic to Dumbo’s plight as they knew what it was like to be ostracized).
The majority of Disney’s villain characters are regarded as being age 55 or older. A study from Brigham Young University reviewed seventy years of Disney films, and discovered that 42% of the 93 characters reviewed reinforced negative stereotypes of elderly people by portraying those characters as evil, grumpy or sinister. The conclusion was that Disney was influencing children to have preconceived notions about all older adults.
In 1938, The Walt Disney Company sent a rejection letter to Mary Ford, stating that “girls are not considered” for creative positions. The letter was rediscovered in 2009 when Ford’s grandson uploaded the image on Flickr. The letter received greater attention on January 7, 2014 when, after congratulating Emma Thompson for her Best Actress win at the National Board of Review Awards, Meryl Streep referenced the letter. Referencing Thompson’s film, Saving Mr. Banks, Streep responded “It must have killed [Disney] to encounter a woman, an equally disdainful and superior creature, a person dismissive of his own considerable gifts and prodigious output and imagination.
An environmental management plan for a zone of Great Guana Cay, in the Abaco Islands, criticized Disney for poor management of a 90-acre (36.4 ha) tract of the island. Disney partially developed but then abandoned the place, which was to have been a cruise ship resort called Treasure Island. The report, by the University of Miami and the College of the Bahamas, blames Disney for leaving hazardous materials, electrical transformers, and fuel tanks, and also for introducing invasive alien plants and insects that threaten the natural flora and fauna of the island.
The company has been accused of human rights violations regarding the working conditions in factories that produce their merchandise. It has been criticized also by animal welfare groups, for their care of and procedures for wild animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, and for using purebred dogs in movies.
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Disney is a $150bn corporation, which made $9bn in profits last year. It received a $1.6bn tax break from the Trump tax giveaway to the rich and, interestingly, has received hundreds of millions in local tax breaks from the city of Anaheim. The Disney board recently reached a four-year compensation agreement with its CEO, Bob Iger, for an estimated $423m.
On August 31, 2009, Disney announced that it would acquire Marvel Entertainment for four billion dollars.
On December 14, 2017, Disney agreed to acquire 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock. Under the terms of the agreement, Disney will acquire the 20th Century Fox film and TV studios and related assets; cable networks including FX Networks, Fox Sports Regional Networks; Fox International Channels; Indian satellite TV group Star India; and stakes in National Geographic Partners, Hulu, UK based satellite TV group Sky plc and other assets. Prior to the completion of the deal, Fox will spin-off its news and broadcast businesses, including Fox News, Fox Business, FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes, the Big Ten Network, and the broadcast business, which Disney will not be acquiring.
This merger has been subject to widespread criticism among critics, consumers, and businesses due to antitrust concerns.
On February 9, 1996, The Walt Disney Company acquired Capital Cities/ABC, and renamed the broadcasting group ABC, Inc., although the network also continues to use American Broadcasting Companies, such as on TV productions it owns.
ABC’s relationship with Disney dates back to 1953, when Leonard Goldenson pledged enough money so that the “Disneyland” theme park could be completed.
Fox Family Worldwide Inc was sold to Disney for $2.9 billion on October 24, 2001. The sale to Disney also included TV channel Fox Kids and Saban Entertainment (renamed BVS Entertainment). The entire network was officially renamed ABC Family on November 10, 2001.
Disney still profits from the ESPN division but as of 2015 was cutting the network’s higher-priced content to ensure long-term profitability. In October 2015, ESPN laid off about 300 employees, citing the rights costs combined with the increasing trend of cord-cutting.
Be sure to contact Disney and tell them why you will boycott their products and services:
Disneyland (714) 781-7290 P.O.Box 3232 1313 S. Harbor Blvd. Anaheim, CA. 92803-3232
Walt Disney World Guest Communications (407) 827-7200
P.O. Box 10,040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040
ABC News (212) 456-3437 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Walt Disney Records
- Hollywood Records
- DMG Nashville
- Disney Music Publishing
- Agarita Music
- Buena Vista Music Co.
- Falferious Music
- Five Hundred South Songs
- Fuzzy Muppet Songs
- Holpic Music, Inc.
- Hollywood Pictures Music
- Mad Muppet Melodies
- Marvel Comics Music
- Pixar Music
- Pixar Talking Pictures
- Seven Peaks Music
- Seven Summits Music
- Touchstone Pictures Music & Songs, Inc.
- Utapau Music
- Walt Disney Music Company
- Wampa-Tauntaun Music
- Wonderland Music Company
- Disney Concerts
- Disney Theatrical Productions
- Disney Live Family Entertainment
- Walt Disney Special Events Group
- Disney Theatrical Licensing
- New Amsterdam Development Corp.
- New Amsterdam Theatre (long term lease)
- New Amsterdam Theatrical Productions, Inc.
- Walt Disney Theatrical Worldwide, Inc.
- Buena Vista Theatrical Ventures, Inc.
- Buena Vista Theatrical Merchandise, LLC
- A&E network
- History network
- A+E Networks International
- Lifetime Entertainment Services
- Vice Media, Inc.
- Carousel Holdings EAT LLC, Carousel Inn & Suites, Anaheim, California
- Axman Realty Corp.
- Boss Realty, Inc.
- Commercial Apartment Properties, Inc.
- The Celebration Co.
- Disney Keystone Properties, Inc.
- Disney Realty, Inc.
- Dutchman Realty, Inc.
- The Dolphin Hotel, Inc.
- Homestead Homes, Inc.
- The Little Lake Bryan Co.
- Maple Leaf Commercial Properties, Inc.
- The Swan Hotel, Inc.
- Walt Disney Properties Corp.
- Buena Vista Street, Burbank CA
- Pine Woods Properties, Inc.
- Holmes Houses, Inc.
- Key Bridge Properties, Inc.
- Florida properties
- Lake Bryan, Inc.
- Madeira Land Co., Inc.
- Magnolia Creek Development Co.
- Elemental Technologies
- Fanzter, Inc.
- Kapow Software
- Cocoa China
- Gridsum Technology
- Yoyi Media
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