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…