Well, this is just plain disappointing. Possibly as disappointing as Disney banning Princess Leia’s slave costume. Or shall I say, unwilling servant costume. What with word ‘slave’ being deemed too “triggering” and Disney’s subsequent attempt to eliminate any “offensive” content from it’s catalogue. Also, fun. All fun is now strictly prohibited. True story.
Anyway, I could live with the Star Wars changes. I could even put up with the annual gay days at their theme parks. Let’s be honest, they weren’t all the much of a stretch to begin with (musicals in tights, anyone?). But boycotting religious freedoms? Time to hop off the magic train…
The Walt Disney Co. and Marvel Studios indicated opposition to a Georgia religious liberty bill… saying they will take their business elsewhere “should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law.” It protects religious officials from having to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, and would allow faith based organizations to deny services or employment to those who violate their “sincerely held religious belief.”
So let me get this straight: Marvel/Disney has been benefiting from Georgia’s business/entertainment friendly tax-environment for years. They’ve shot multiple films there. And now they plan to withhold future dealings with Georgia… due to a difference of opinion? They don’t want to engage in the kind of business that undermines their beliefs. Sounds a lot like the thing they’re planning to use their personal liberties to… boycott. But what do I know?
It’s hard to imagine why Disney would seek to insert itself here anyway. I’ll take a shot in the dark and guess it starts with a ‘p’ and ends with ‘ublicity’. To hell with your liberties… Their ‘tolerant’ values are more important. After all, there can only be one.
Look, any entity has the right to boycott whomever they please. Which is the whole point point here. Disney’s just being beyond asinine. The very ideal they’re threatening to boycott (that of freedom) is what enables them to exist in the first place.
It’s almost as if they’re saying “we own Star Wars, Marvel, and Frozen. We’re untouchable, therefore, you will conform to our beliefs.” It’s frustrating… and of course, predictable. Also, pretty damn scary. This is the company with arguably the greatest influence on children in the entire world.
I for one, am looking forward to all the Disney propaganda we’ll see during the reign of our future communist overlords. Anything but Dreamworks. Nobody needs another Kung Fu Panda spin-off. You’re fat but inspiring, WE GET IT.