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Oh Mickey, You’re Not So Fine

Conservative parents across America are outraged at Disney’s decision to release a full line of merchandise dedicated solely to supporting the LGBTQ community.

Imagine our innocent little kids seeing colorful rainbow Mickey ears screaming “Mommy, I want that!”  How do you explain if they wear the rainbow colors it represents a community and way of life that doesn’t quite cross-pollinate across the Christian community?

Disney, who owns diversified multinational mass media and entertainment companies like ABC television network, ESPN, A&E and a group of 14 theme parks (not Disney related) has a significant influence on children and families all over the country.

This year, the company has finally decided to embrace their gay following (and profit potentials), releasing a full brand new line of gay pride merchandise. Disney’s LBGTQ fans and allies can purchase everything from rainbow tank tops to rainbow Mickey Mouse hats.

“The most magical place on earth” just got a whole lot gayer, like it or not.  To make the hit seem a little less edgy, Disney reports they will donate 10% of proceeds from “the Rainbow Mickey Collection” to GLSEN through June 30, with a maximum donation $50,000. (GLSEN is a supporter of championing LGBTQ issues in K-12 students)

Some may say that Disney is becoming two-faced because of supporting gay people in our country, but they want the money from people in other countries where gay people are legally killed, beaten, and imprisoned.   It also seems that Disney cares more about their quarterly income from their overseas consumers, which makes me wonder how successful this new launch will be in countries that do not tolerate gay behavior like the US does.

For children, they don’t quite comprehend what the meaning of being gay is, well except for public schools who force the agenda down their throats.  So what will parents tell them when they grab the most colorful item in the Disney store and beg you to buy it?  Will parents have to choose to discuss the topic even when it’s the not the right place at the right time, or will parents please their young one and make the purchase in hopes they will only wear it inside the house as a play shirt?

It’s not a surprise to see Disney going down this road of pleasing the small percentage of gay men and women around America (about 4.5%). They also see the potential of many dollar signs because they know an enormous amount of straight people who support gay rights will scoop up the T-shirts and rainbow Mickey ears without a second thought.   Leaving the straight supporter somehow feeling like they did something good, but in reality, they are just shelling out their hard-earned dollars to help Disney’s bottom line.

Children have been peppered with gay characters within the last few years.  The second season premiere of the teen series “Andi Mack” featured a “coming out scene,” as one of the main male characters acknowledged that he is jealous of his female friend’s new relationship as he likes the boy that she is dating.

An episode of the preschooler-geared Disney Junior cartoon “Doc McStuffins” featured an animated depiction of the lesbian mothers of two children.  Disney also aired its first-ever same-sex kissing scene during a broadcast of its cartoon “Star vs. the Forces of Evil.”

Bill Condon, director of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” live-action remake, similarly revealed last year that the film would include a subtle “gay moment.”

To top it off, barely a month before the big LGBTQ merchandise launch, they decided to pull the plug on the Night of Joy, an annual Christian concert in Orlando, Florida.

For the past 35 years, families and church youth groups have piled into Walt Disney World for Night of Joy.  The large Christian concert series drew thousands to the famed resort and featured some of the top names in a genre – including Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Michael W. Smith.

But this year Disney World suddenly pulled the plug on the popular music festival — leaving behind lots of disappointed fans and lots of unanswered questions.

Why would Disney World stop hosting one of their most popular faith-friendly events? “Last year was our last event,” a spokesperson told the Orlando Sentinel.  The spokesperson went on to say they canceled the Christian show as part of the resort’s philosophy of “continually changing our offerings.”

“This is not the Walt Disney that Walt Disney created,” wrote another critic. “Disney World used to be family oriented (but) not anymore. Walt is probably rolling over in his grave. Others wondered by Disney World rolls out the red carpet to certain special interest groups but decided to give the faith-based concert the heave-ho.”

It does make you wonder…

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About Katherine Rez

For many years Katherine spent her much of her time journaling for fun, reading books, and writing several short stories for adults, and children. She eventually found herself in a career writing high-level processes and procedures for corporate and startup businesses. Combined with her love of health, American values, and family, she now writes for a variety of websites from health and entertainment, to news and politically driven websites.

16 comments

  1. No way will I support any company that promotes and celebrates sin. Boycott these companies and when their pocketbooks are affected, they will change their tunes. Far too long Christians have been passive. It’s time we stand for what is right.

  2. I quit supporting Disney many years ago when they were one of the first companies to give benefits for civil unions. I even cut off my cable tv as I was paying Disney even if I didn’t watch.

  3. For that matter I think that Disney is just as much wrong to stereotype girls by being so “Princess” oriented.

  4. Annette Marie Martin

    Thank you katherine!!! I am so very concerned about the future of this country. Yesterday, i watched an hour long fake documentary which had been televised on animal planet, one of the channels also owned by Disney. Purely made for entertainment AND RATINGS, which of course brings in the big bucks from companies paying for advertising. Not only did it say that man/ape evolved into mermaids millions of years ago, but that mermaids still exist out in the ocean, with actors faking as scientists but stating that our federal government is lying to us about it. As a teachers aid for special needs students and a school bus driver, i am appalled at the irresponsibility!!!!! For the bottom dollar. There beautiful children, the FUTURE of this country, is looking very unstable and frankly very scarey. It makes me want to cry. I live in california, now a sanctuary state. Lots of programs and organizations put into place that are costing the hard working, high tax paying conservative american and emptying out our bank accounts, yet when my son, an Iraq War Combat Veteran gets into a serious biking accident and cannot work due to all of the broken bones, state disability takes over two months to send a check and deletes the first ten days after the accident calling it a waiting period. Im sorry but the waiting period has way exceeded ten days CALIFORNIA!!!!! I’M sick, and I’cannot wait to retire and move out of here!!!!!
    Disney is shameful!!!!!! How can we have a say as parents anymore with the upbringing of our own families? Im sorry, but im not a writer, i hope my letter is articulate enough to get my point across.

    • Annette, thank you for your raw feedback. I’m sorry to hear about your son and what he went through. Disney and their many channels are such a large impact on daily lives it’s hard to keep up with, and because they influence kids so much, it makes me anxious to think about what the future holds.
      Katherine

  5. I think it is great!!! I am a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. and people want to ignore a percentage of youth that are Gay as they don’t fall in to the norm, but that doesn’t make them bad or wrong they are just different and those that are against them for religious reasons better go back and reread the new testament and quit using the old testament to justify their actions as Christ came to remove the yoke of the old law.
    Be loving and caring about everyone. Love your neighbor as thy self. Love and peace to all

  6. People simply existing as themselves does not equal “pushing their lifestyle” on you. No need to panic just because kids find out people love each other.

  7. Going to Disney World, buying their products, or watch any cable channels they own is between you, your wallet, and God

  8. Disney has always been gay-oriented. Disney World is almost totally run by gays.
    There is much gay innuendo in Disney productions, and there always has been.
    They are just coming out of their shell now.

  9. Perhaps we should take over this agenda . After all the rainbow was given to us as Christians as a covenant and a sign. That’s how I would buy it for my grandchildren, and Loudly tell the story every time I did. God is creative and we have been given an open door – walk through it!

  10. Faith based groups are also special interest groups. Why would a parent need to explain, to their child, what the rainbow coloured thing they want stands for? If the kid wants it and the parent is willing to buy it for them that’s all that should matter. The option to say no still exists. The rainbow essentially represents everyone so the parent has more than one option on how they may wish to explain it, if they feel the need.

    What was the purpose of this article? Was it just to show how intolerant you are? In many ways your behaviour is like that of a small child. One that saw that there schoolmate got something special and now they’re sulking because they wanted the special thing.

  11. I am totally DISGUSTED to hear that Disney is actually going to be marketing freaking LGBTQ GARBAGE TO CHILDREN!!!!!!!! WHERE IS THIS GARBAGE GOING TO STOP?????????? Not saying that the people in those “lifestyles” can’t live like the rest of us, but don’t keep shoving it down SOCIETIES THROUGHTS!!!! I FOR ONE DO NOT WANT TO SEE INNOCENT CHILDREN EXPOSED TO THAT TRASH!!!!!!!! Just my thoughts on this issue.

  12. Katherine Rez, thanks so much for the post.Really thank you! Great.

  13. To Anne Bruchmann—I guess your reply means that you don’t support the Pope.

    to DTK—Yeah, cut off your cable. That’ll show ’em.

    to Annette Marie Martin–Please provide the title of the “fake documentary” so we can review it for ourselves. “Fake scientists?, mermaids? Provide proof, please. When you retire, are you going to apply for Social Security or Medicare? You know, those leftist, elite programs that are “emptying your bank accounts”.

    to Frank, Sharon and Jeff—-thank you.

    to Mickey—please provide your proof that Disney “is almost totally run by gays”. Please provide documentation of “gay innuendo”.

    to Mrs. Dodge–thanks to you, too, even though I believe that rainbows are caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light through water droplets.

    to Tom— well said.

    to Juice—not well said.

    I have said often, take some time and sit down with a gay person, or transgender or black, or Jew or Muslim. Mickey and Juice, say these things to their face if you are so certain of your position. I don’t believe anyone is shoving anything down anyone’s throat. These people only want what you want. Is that so horrible?

    Does not believing or questioning the existence of God make someone a terrible person? Can’t they be nice, caring people who are non-believers? How about devoutly religious gays? Or don’t you think that is even possible?

  14. I don’t understand, If I disagree with the promotion of a group targeting children, I am intolerant. I don’t think putting this in Disney is anything Walt Disney would have done but then the owners have gone so far away from his agenda that it is no longer the happiest place on earth, it is a political mess. Walt Disney created Disneyland and Disney World for families’ enjoyment, not to be a political soap box. keep it imaginary, fun and free from all the political junk. NO one is making me by anything there but to paint a pretty picture for children to “accept this as normal” is crossing the line. Rainbows made by GOD aren’t square so there is a difference and so sorry this emblem has been so distorted. NO group should target children under 21, then let them choose , so very disappointed in Disney and my house used to be full of Disney memorabilia, not supporting the agenda that Disney has turned to. I don’t dislike you because you are different, I don’t shove my white female mother figure down anyone’s throat and don’t appreciate this group requiring me to “accept” their agenda. Just be an American person and move on. do your thing and let it be. Disney needs to be exposed for it’s catering to certain groups and I am glad this article was written to make us all aware of what not to support anymore. My opinion and you are very entitled to yours

  15. Why can’t Disney now offer Mickey ears with the symbol of a cross on each ear to represent Christian belief like they are for the queers with the rainbows ? Oh right, that would be completely against their agenda.
    Also to the person (John Miller) that asked about applying for Medicare and Social Security. Are you too stupid to understand that you pay for this while you were working by deductions from your pay check? This is my money that I have paid in over many years of working so that I would have something to draw against at retirement or needing health benefits. You bleeding liberal hearts are a plague on normal society.

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