As the calls to boycott Disney grow ever stronger, many young parents are no doubt worried that this might be too great a sacrifice for their children. It’s one thing for adults to give up something we enjoy for the sake of sending a message, but how can we ask our young children to throw out their favorite princess or toy space man, especially when they do not even know about those issues that have sparked the boycott? Disney is so iconic that, at times, it feels like the only real option in children’s entertainment. Is there any alternative for families who are repulsed by the corporate media that delivers their children’s entertainment?
Boycotting Disney will only be a great burden on young children and their families if viewed strictly as a sacrifice. Instead, we should view the boycott as a great good in itself. Breaking up with Disney can afford families the opportunity to cultivate richer forms of entertainment and storytelling that are not simply enjoyable, but soul-crafting.
Disney has been providing our children with shoddy entertainment for decades. The entire Disney model revolves around capturing impressionable children’s tastes for the sake of advertising—in both the moral and material realms. You cannot buy bananas from the grocery store without encountering Disney character product placement geared to young shoppers, never mind lunch boxes, shirts, sneakers, bedspreads, and bike helmets. This is one of the great dangers of Disney’s merchandised model of children’s entertainment: it is explicitly designed to stimulate the twin vices of consumerism and materialism in very young children.
Another evil lurking in this corporate model of children’s entertainment is that it breeds conformity. Beneath the glitz, Disney cultivates an underlying bland cultural uniformity that limits creativity and diversity in taste or attitudes. Disney’s monopoly on child entertainment demands children’s attention and participation. As the father of media studies (and devout Catholic) Marshall McLuhan asserted, “Once we have surrendered our senses and nervous systems to the private manipulation of those who would try to benefit by taking a lease on our eyes and ears and nerves, we don’t really have any rights left.”
Naturally, it is more difficult to find alternative children’s programs. While Disney offers the easy, prepackaged options, finding the healthy options requires a bit of leg work. A good rule of thumb? Avoid any children’s program that has a lot of accompanying merchandise.
Boycotting Disney can revolutionize a family’s entire approach to children’s entertainment. It can become an opportunity to introduce our children to a greater wealth of stories. As part of this push for better entertainment, we should also remember that some of the most memorable and soul-crafting activities for our children can only occur when we unplug and move away from the screens.
Full story at Crisis Magazine.
I beg to differ. Disney has offered high quality movies. They are entertaining for children and adults. To call Disney’s entertainment “shoddy” is ridiculous. Disney has been the pinnacle of children’s entertainment for at least 30 years.
Why not criticize trads for breeding conformity? “Beneath the reverence, TLMs cultivate an underlying bland religious uniformity that limits creativity and diversity in taste or attitudes.” How do you like it when the tables are turned?
No. The Disney company today, has becone highly corrupt, destroying Christian morality and good family values, with LGBT agenda grooming and indoctrination– a severe harm to families and children, worldwide. The Disney company desperately needs new leadership, and a full return to good family values, and morality and decency. Walt Disney (1901-1966) started his company in the 1920s, with his brother, Roy. Mickey Mouse was born in 1928. His first full-length animated film was “Snow White,” in 1937. In 1955, Disneyland was opened, in Anaheim, CA. Disney holds the record for the most Academy Awards (22), and nominations (59). The Disney company owes it to the world, to get rid of their corrupt current leadership, and return completely to Christian morality and decency, and good family values.
Apparently the old leadership (Walt and Roy et al) was quite good at slipping in those gay references you must have missed. Everyone else got them. You were just too wrapped up in your mantilla to notice.
You are totally wrong! Walt Disney Co. stood for good family values, for which this company was famous, worldwide, up until recently, when new nanagement began promoting the LGBT agenda! Stop trolling.
There are many books an articles by film historians about how mid century movies slyly put chat themes into movies without triggering the censors. I’ll let you go through them one by one and refute them if you like. Much if that scholarship is backed up by the filmmakers later jnterviews. It was always there…at Disney, MGM, UA, etc. Aww
You’re making that up. How about providing a few examples of the gay references that Walt and Roy slipped into Disney movies. Go ahead. Give examples.Or maybe our other gay-affirming fellow poster has some to offer.
Stop your useless trolling, examples.
That Harpers Bizarre story is ridiculous. The author is seeing things through gay-colored glasses. Just as ridiculous as Fr. James Martin seeing gay characters in the Bible that nobody thought were gay until about three years ago.
They’re making it up and trying to claim it was always there. What’s really happening is that they are reading what’s not there into the stories and movies. That’s the perversion of the gay mind, which is why gayness isn’t tolerated in any healthy society since it’s a sick perversion of mind and body.
My reply of May 11 at 10:23am, was not to “exanples,” it was to “just sayin’.” Just sayin’, stop your useless trolling!
“Beneath the reverence, TLMs cultivate an underlying bland religious uniformity that limits creativity and diversity in taste or attitudes.” Whoever you are, you don’t strike me as a person who would attend a TLM, so I have to ask how you have such a window into the souls of those who do attend. Your exaltation of diversity and creativity proffers, IMO, a tendentious simulacrum of the truly devout life.
I consider boycotts to be temporary. Along with boycotts, there should be tremendous pressure put on the offender! I am keeping all Disney family items– and am not buying any more, until Disney changes. Nothing “Disney,” for now. Saying, “no more Disney,” is almost like saying, “no more Santa Claus.” But I view the Disney boycott as temporary– not forever. You cannot tell young children the exact reasons for “no more Disney, for now”– only that “some bad thing happened, but you think things will be okay, later.” That is my view.
Even worse– the Disney company just announced that it will now help pay for abortions and sex change operations for its employees. Has evil Maleficent risen from her grave, and cast a wicked spell on Disney?
I’m more of an Anna fan, myself.
“Curiously enough it is at this time, not in earlier childhood, that I chiefly remember delighting in fairy tales. I fell deeply under the spell of Dwarfs—the old bright-hooded, snowy-bearded dwarfs we had in those days before Arthur Rackham sublimed, or Walt Disney vulgarised, the earthmen. I visualised them so intensely that I came to the very frontiers of hallucination; once, walking in the garden, I was for a second not quite sure that a little man had not run past me into the shrubbery.” – C.S. Lewis [Surprised by Joy]
A few months ago, a commenter noted that Walt Disney found out that one of his young, major film stars, also a Mouseketeer– Tommy Sands– was grooming and seducing underage boys– and Disney fired him. That is the way it should be! Children and families need and deserve all American places that serve the public, to abide by morality, common decency, and good family values, and protect the public– especially children!– from all evils. Or else, revoke their business licenses!
Sorry– in my last post, I got the name wrong, of the young gay Mouseketeer and film star fired by Walt Disney, for seducing underage boys. It was Tommy Kirk– not Tommy Sands, a completely different entertainer!
BTW, the title of this article represents horrible and possibly heretical theology.
Taco Bell just announced that it will begin supporting the LGBTs by hosting Drag Queen Brunches with Drag Queens performing while customers eat their lunch or brunch. Taco Bell needs to be boycotted.
I can assure you I wouldn’t eat there while that was going onn.
Many kids work at Taco Bell, including highschoolers. And many families with kids of all
ages, eat at Taco Bell. Especially, underage kids who are customers or employees at Taco Bell, should be protected from Drag Queen perforners, and all sinful, dangerous LGBT groomers/predators!
Its sad that you accuse people of being groomers and predators when 1) you don’t even know the people and 2) I doubt you even know what the terms mean.
You only got these terms because Fox News started using them after seeing the nonsense QAnon puts out. The terms mean very specific things in law enforcement, and to accuse people falsely of these things is itself sinful.
Kids need protection from the LGBT agenda America must not be turned into Sodom and Gomorrah-ville.
This reply on May 16th at 3:04am, was to “Your Fellow Taco Belle,” not “Inevitable.”
There is a rumor that M&Ms are going to release pride M&Ms next month: rainbow-colored M&Ms to celebrate gay pride. And pastel-colored trans M&Ms to celebrate transgenderism pride.
They even come with a fun little ditty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB9CH7BN8mg
I’m all about tolerance, but peanut M&Ms are just simply unnatural ;)
ya gotta ask yourself ……
why is Club 33 called
Club 33 ???
Stop implying that there’s gay where there isn’t any. I swear you pervs claim to see gay everywhere because you want to think it’s normal. It’s not normal. It’s abhorrent. There’s no gay in Disneyland’s Club 33. There’s nothing gay about it. Stop it. Go away. Leave my children alone.