They have always been innovators. The story lines, the humor, the imagination. What they have accomplished is beyond anything Mr. Disney could possibly have thought of.
Disney has become the biggest media company in history. Their holdings are staggering. ABC, Pixar (of course), LucasFilm, Marvel Entertainment, Touchstone Pictures, everything Muppet, Hollywood Records, ESPN, A&E, Lifetime, History Channel, and much more. Their current net worth is somewhere near $200 billion. Forbes says it is #8 in the World’s Most Valuable Brands. And, of course, this doesn’t include the biggest and most popular amusement parks in the world. So, in a proverbial nutshell, these guys are huge in Hollywood and the entertainment industry as a whole. In fact, they are precedent makers. They are ground breakers and shakers. What they do first, others will follow.
I grew up with Disney movies. Both animated and live action. And more than a few with both. They have always been innovators. The story lines, the humor, the imagination. What they have accomplished is beyond anything Mr. Disney could possibly have thought of. His ideas with a simple mouse and a steam boat have truly come full circle. Maybe a couple of times.
I am not going to propose to you that Walt Disney would “turn over in his grave” if he knew what the next BIG STEP for his once fledgling entertainment company was. Not at all. I never met him and I haven’t even looked at the Wikipedia page on his life. But I can say that Walt Disney and the Disney brand always had a line it wouldn’t cross. At least in all I have ever watched.
Some years ago, we began to see posts on Facebook about the “hidden” things in Disney pictures and movies. For the most part, it was just hype. Pictures that, once influenced with description, held clear sexual over tones. Whether or not they were intended as some thought they were is unclear. No one that I know of has confessed to putting dirty innuendos in the cartoons of innocent characters. However, in light of the recent revelation by Disney itself, those urban legends suddenly have a great deal more credence.
I’m sure everyone reading this has already heard of the latest stunt Disney has done. Yes, I believe this illogical move with “Beauty and the Beast” is both a promotion of a sinful lifestyle towards our children and a publicity stunt. If you need to hate me for being straight with this, you can. But before you get your back hairs spiraling upwards, this has nothing to do with loving or hating people. Just facts.
Disney has done the finest job of blackmailing us, the fans. They take the music and storyline from one of the most beloved animated movies of all time, turn it into a live action (well, mostly anyway) movie with all the great teasers and frothing sequences, spill it out in front of the TV screen glued millennials, boomers, and the rest of us. Work us all up. Get us so excited. Then, what? “Oh, by the way, this is the most moral questioning movie we have made yet.” Well, not really. After all, Touchstone is Disney too. They have been making questionable movies for years.
So, then what now? Do we say no to B&B? Maybe we should.
I am no saint. I have watched movies that I would not brag about to drug running biker gangs. To satan himself. So, who am I to judge? Well, based upon the route that we are taking in America and indeed, the world around, this is par for the course. Maybe, we as parents and people of the cross, should take that stand. Now before it continues on.
So, I have presented a discourse on the facts. To recap with more fastidiousness, Disney has now produced and are currently promoting a movie that is geared directly towards children, that promotes and polishes the homosexual lifestyle. The character, LaFou, the bad guys side kick, can’t decide if he wants to be like Gaston or be in love with him. How is that blackmail?
Disney knows we will go watch it and they, at that point, have gotten us to concede to their way of thinking because we want to see the movie so much. And, we will pay them for it. Maybe that’s not blackmail. Either way, I won’t be reviewing it. I have no plans to go.