Re: Disney Is Interested in Your Kids

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Ben Dover

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May 13, 2022, 3:10:03 PMMay 13
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Last year, I reported on Disney’s critical race theory–based
diversity program, which taught employees that America was founded
on “systemic racism,” separated minorities into racially segregated
“affinity groups,” and encouraged white employees to complete a
“white privilege checklist.” Now, I have obtained exclusive video
from inside Disney that outlines its campaign to embed left-wing
sexual politics into its children’s programming and entertainment
facilities.

In the wake of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education legislation,
which prevents public schools from promoting gender ideology in
kindergarten through third grade but which critics call the “Don’t
Say Gay” bill, Disney executives organized an all-hands meeting,
called the “Reimagine Tomorrow Conversation Series,” and pledged to
mobilize the entire corporation in service of the “LGBTQIA+
community.” Executives recruited the company’s most intersectional
employees, including a “black, queer, and trans person,” a “bi-
romantic asexual,” and “the mother [of] one transgender child and
one pansexual child,” and announced ambitious new initiatives—
seeking to change everything from gender pronouns at the company’s
theme parks to the sexual orientation of background characters in
the company’s films.

In a featured presentation at the meeting, executive producer Latoya
Raveneau laid out Disney’s ideology in blunt terms. She said her
team was implementing a “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” and regularly
“adding queerness” to children’s programming. Another speaker,
production coordinator Allen Martsch, said his team has created a
“tracker” to ensure that they are creating enough “canonical trans
characters, canonical asexual characters, [and] canonical bisexual
characters.” Corporate president Karey Burke said she supported
having “many, many, many LGBTQIA characters in our stories” and
reaffirmed the company’s pledge to make at least 50 percent of its
on-screen characters sexual and racial minorities.

The ideological campaign also extended to the company’s theme parks
in Anaheim and Orlando. As diversity and inclusion manager Vivian
Ware explained, Disney made the decision last year to eliminate all
mentions of “ladies,” “gentlemen,” “boys,” and “girls” in order to
create “that magical moment” for children who do not identify with
traditional gender roles. “We don’t want to just assume because
someone might be, in our interpretation, presenting as female, that
they may not want to be called ‘princess,’” Ware said. By
eliminating “gendered greetings,” Disney believes, the company can
help make it “magical and memorable for everyone.”

Finally, Disney hosted Nadine Smith, the executive director of a
pressure group called Equality Florida, who told employees that
Governor Ron DeSantis and his press secretary, Christina Pushaw,
wanted to “erase you,” “criminalize your existence,” and “take your
kids”—a wild conspiracy theory with no basis in fact. The company’s
executives threw their full weight behind Equality Florida’s effort,
promising to use its significant political and financial resources
to repeal the Parental Rights in Education law and the Stop W.O.K.E.
Act, which prohibits public and private institutions from racialist
discrimination and abuse in classrooms and the workplace.

Last year, after my report on Disney’s critical race theory training
program, Disney quickly deleted it from the company’s internal
servers. But executives did not abandon identity politics. In fact,
they added another component—gender ideology—and ramped it up.
Executives have empowered activists within the company and now seem
unable to resist their demands. Observers should watch Disney
closely in the coming years. However the story ends, the company
looks like a case study in ideological capture.

https://www.city-journal.org/disneys-ideological-capture
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