Concerning the Flickers
by Andy McKinney
Dismayed parents and grandparents have noticed the shocking appearance of controversial content in kids’ movies brought to the screen by the Disney company. “Why,” they ask, “does Disney need to expose five-year-old children to LGBT content?” Why, indeed, should the youngest children be exposed to sexual content of any sort? For a five or six-year-old, all they know about sexual or gender ideas is that boys (or girls) have cooties.
But this added content to the classic Disney magic has not come about by accident. Far from it. LGBT activists are well entrenched in the Mouse House.
Allen March, a Disney production coordinator, says he and his office are determined to explore ‘queer stories.’ He has even made a program to track Disney offerings to ensure that Disney builds a sufficient number of ‘gender non-conforming’ characters in its movies. He includes trans and bisexual characters in his metric.
Disney Corporate President, Karey Burks, supports having “many, many, many LGBTQIA characters” in Disney movies.
Recently-fired CEO, Bob Chapek, created an internal task force to guarantee that more LGBT content gets put into Disney films.
And it is working as these high executives planned.
But the public doesn’t like it very much.
Sexual content in movies for children is wrong, ill-advised, and, frankly, pretty stupid.
But does it sell tickets? No, not so much. Last year’s big Disney movie was a full-blown animated feature called “Strange World.” There was some ‘queer’ content, but I don’t think that killed the movie (the film may have lost Disney a hundred million dollars). Adding the additional layer of oversight to the filmmaking process just pushed the movie into an incomprehensible mess. “Strange World” is not an enjoyable experience.
Movie-making is very complex and challenging. Can you name many more sub-par films than you can wonderful films? Most of us can. If you stick a powerful executive into the mix who is not focused on filmmaking but rather on making a social point, the film suffers.
Imagine how “Jaws” would be improved or harmed by adding overt, propagandistic LGBT content.
We, the ticket-buying public, get it. Disney, just make movies we can love.
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