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My child was found at the opposite end of the park by an elderly lady. How he got there is still a mystery, he said later that he talked to some nice people, but mostly he was pretty shaken.
We left the park immediately and have never bought, watched or promoted in any way another Disney product. I was done.
That's why I don't like Disney.
Sorry for the rant....I can't think about it without getting mad
So I sat down and watched this. I found it by and large thin and insubstantial. The idea that once a corporation gets above a certain size it has an .... obligation? moral imperative? to become educational in the 'right' way is pretty funny.
Unfortunately it is a common view that giant corporations have no moral imperative to do anything but chase the almighty dollar. I'm sorry, but I totally disagree. I just watched the movie Flow last night about the privatization of water for example...and how this necessary resource is being denied to people because they can't pay for something that used to be free. That SHOULD be free. Disney has a choice with what ethics to value in each and every movie they make. That they choose to push a shallow gendered narriative is unfortunate to say the least.
I think that instead of spending so much time complaining about how Disney represents people/events/whatever badly people should instead work towards having the representations they want. Disney *is* a corporation and they absolutely are focused on making money. If people want to have another focus in their movies they can go do that.
Umm, yeah that is exactly why we are a Disney free household. Which is rather the point of this thread. I think Disney is the devil therefore we boycott Disney. I see no need to replace Disney with something "better" because I am trying to avoid my kid watching any TV as long as possible.
My family has always loved Disney. I grew up with a mother who was a self-proclaimed Disney fanatic. You know what? We owned the movies and there were a couple of framed art pieces and one or two toys. My mom had one Mickey Mouse shirt. One can hardly say that Disney dominated our lives. My opinions of race relations are *not* informed by Disney, thankyouverymuch. I'm well aware that they have some toxic views of other races. But uhm, the fact that I like the movies does not eliminate my ability to think. It's a fantasy. I'm aware of that. I don't think that it was a freak accident that I can figure that out and I think my kids will too.
Your ability to think usually comes after these movies have been internalized. What kids think of as "normal" is shaped by what they see...in many cases...largely in the media. For some kids Disney plays a big part of that. I can't count how many times, for example, my younger cousins used to ask me when I was getting married...because they were trained by Disney that marriage was the most important thing that can happen to a girl. Its the end of every freaking story, bleah. Later maybe you make better sense of it; but the "I did it and I turned out ok" is really never a very strong position to be taking in an argument about, well, anything. Just ask my MIL lol!
I also used the movie Mickey Mouse Monopoly in my classes (when we did Imperialism usually), and also had a very strong reaction from the students. They were completely incredulous that anyone could have a problem with something they considered to be a pure and sacrosanct part of their childhoods. That in itself would be enough to convince me that Disney was dangerous. Any franchise that sells itself so well that a critical analysis of their content is seen as culturally objectionable is damn scary.
My advice may not be appropriate for you. That's ok. You are just fine how you are and I am the right kind of me.
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