Rainbow Mickey not so proud

By BART ADAMS
Posted 6/3/22

As TV commercials from countless woke corporations are reminding us, June is now when we’re all supposed to celebrate one of the seven deadly sins: Pride. Or in this case, LGBTQIA+ …

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As TV commercials from countless woke corporations are reminding us, June is now when we’re all supposed to celebrate one of the seven deadly sins: Pride. Or in this case, LGBTQIA+ pride.

Certainly, human rights for all is a fundamental American value. But parents who don’t want their children exposed to media promoting LGBTQIA+ lifestyles will have to be extra vigilant this month.

Some of you may have heard about the Disney executive producer who boasted that she was advancing a “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” to add “queerness” to children’s animation.

Latoya Raveneau, executive producer for Disney Television Animation, was seen on a video leaked in March saying the following:

“In my little pocket of Proud Family Disney TVA, the showrunners were super welcoming ... to my not-at-all-secret gay agenda. … and then like all that momentum that I felt, that sense of ‘I don’t have to be afraid to have these two characters kiss in the background.’ I was just, wherever I could, adding queerness. ... No one would stop me, and no one was trying to stop me.”

Clearly, parents cannot blindly trust Disney to shape their children’s values.

Ironically, it turns out Disney doesn’t really care about human rights — not even LGBTQIA+ rights. Not at all.

In anticipation of Pride Month, the company released its Disney Pride Collection, an assortment of LGBTQIA+ clothing and souvenirs.

There is, of course, a rainbow Mickey Mouse plush toy for $29.99. Among the other offerings are a Star Wars rainbow themed shirt for $59.99 and a rainbow Mickey Mouse pet collar and leash set for $34.99.

But here’s what’s rich: The Pride Collection features clothing made in China, where same-sex marriage is not recognized. Where same-sex couples are not allowed to adopt children. Where there are no anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBTQIA+ people.

According to the Guardian, “The Chinese government has banned all depictions of gay people on television as part of a cultural crackdown on ‘vulgar, immoral and unhealthy content.’”

And here’s what the Associated Press reported: “Broadcasters must ‘resolutely put an end to sissy men and other abnormal esthetics,’ the National Radio and TV Administration said, using an insulting slang term for effeminate men — ‘niang pao,’ or literally, ‘girlie guns.’”

Certainly, a company as woke as Disney would never do business in a country as decidedly un-woke as China?

Actually, Disney does tons of business there. Here’s what The Motley Fool, an investment site, reported in 2020: “… China is home to two Disney resorts. Moreover, promoting Disney’s movies and television content to the country’s 1.4 billion people could fuel growth for years to come.”

So, will Disney remove Ms. Raveneau’s “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” from the content it pumps into the communist country. Will cartoons seen by Chinese children be purged of “girlie guns.”

And will the social justice warriors who condemn Florida’s new anti-grooming bill (inaccurately dubbed by critics as “Don’t Say Gay") be equally incensed by Disney’s eagerness to stay in bed with the homophobic and transphobic Chinese government?

The answer to that last question is no. The left’s moral outrage on such issues is nothing if not selective. (Remember all the calls to boycott North Carolina over an old law to keep boys out of girls’ bathrooms? But not a word about China or all the Islamic countries that oppress homosexuals.)

Disney will keep ignoring the concerns of countless American parents while dutifully complying with every Chinese demand.

The company claims to care about the rainbow flag, but its devotion is to just one color in that flag: Green.

Contact Bart Adams at badams@mydailyrecord.com.

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