Mom Says Bye to Disney: a Rebuttal

Oh gods…

Last year, I wrote a rebuttal to a stupidly hilarious article by a conservative civilian who was so nonplussed about the whole PC culture reformation at Walt Disney World that he vented about it all to the Orlando Sentinel. Lately, now that Disney is trying to straddle the fences and appease the right and the left with two contrary viewpoints, they’re instead drawing ire from both, and it’s super adorable watching those on the right flail madly in self-righteous outrage because Ben Shapiro and Charlie Kirk told them to.  This is “I’m a Mom and I’m Saying Goodbye to Disney” by Kristan Hawkins.  Read it here.  Or rather, don’t, because I have the whole thing right in this article verbatim.  And it’s a doozy.

Let the magic begin!

For those who loved the magic of Disney as children and have seen the wonder in our children’s eyes Disneyworld, it’s disconcerting to see the company that animated our childhoods, and now our children’s childhood, slowly become more progressive.

Okay, aside from the typo…when was the cutoff supposed to have happened?  When should Disney have stopped progressing?  Because I assume you don’t mean when they added their first black people in 1997’s Hercules.  1997!  That was progressive.  Adding bespectacled protagonists like Milo and Mirabel?  That’s also progressive.  Female characters not interested in romance?  Progressive.  While I get what she’s building to, having read ahead, progressivism means adding characters more representative of all walks of life, not just the standard cis het white template.  I just want to hear from her say exactly who can share their stories and who can’t.

Upon watching its newest movie with Pixar entitled “Turning Red,” it’s clear that the clock has finally struck midnight for Disney’s era of whimsical fairy tales with moral lessons. Gone are the innocent days of “bibbity-bobbity-boo;” Disney has now transformed into a political propaganda machine that grooms children for abortions and sexual promiscuity—and nothing showcases their regression into a progressive pumpkin better than their new movie.

I remember when Lilo and Stitch came out, my hometown newspaper was so appalled by the violence when Stitch was sentenced to death and he blasted a guard in the face.  Like Mrs. Hawkins here, I have no clue what movie you watched, but it sure as shiitake wasn’t Turning Red if that’s what you saw.

Just so you know I didn’t make that up.

Now see, the main reason why they’re not making as many fairy tales as they used to?  Simple.  Those stories have been done and there’s a deep desire to explore more aspects of humanity.  There’s only so many Aesop’s Fables, Grimm’s fairy tales, et cetera that can be adapted into a full-length animated feature.  This is why even in the Golden Age, Disney adapted a classic fairy tale (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), a sadistic tale about obedience (Pinocchio), a music-based experiment (Fantasia), a whimsical tale about ostracism (Dumbo), and a dramatized tale about nature (Bambi).  Even in these first five, you can’t say they’re “innocent”: There’s murder, alcoholism, and in the case of Fantasia‘s “Night on Bald Mountain”, literal satanism.  And has she ever read some of these original fairy tales?  They can get pretty ghastly.

And as far as that last sentence, boy howdy, I can’t wait to see just where this goes.

“Turning Red,” rated PG, is the story of a thirteen-year-old girl named Mei who inherits her family’s curse to become a red panda whenever she feels passionate emotions, including sexual tension, which feels wildly inappropriate in a movie targeting young children like mine. The adults at Disney create a storyline for the young main character and her fictional friends around their attraction of an older boy dangerously close to being a legal adult at seventeen.

This??

As I said before, I never was a teenage girl, but I was a straight teenage boy once, and I do remember what it’s like to ogle an older member of the opposite sex because (By virtue of being older) they were more defined with sexual attributes.  The movie was made about what it’s like to be thirteen and how sudden, jarring, and bizarre the transition is from being an older child to a young teenager and the mental and emotional havoc it wreaks on them.  If it’s “wildly inappropriate” it’s because you watched the movie purely on its subtextual angle, which is fine as an adult, but I can pretty much guarantee if your kids are younger than thirteen, it’s more of a body horror comedy to them.  And yes, there’s a brief scene where the girls gawk at Devon early on, but to hear you tell it, it sounds like it takes up a majority of the movie.

Plus, I’m not sure what her objection to Devon is being “Dangerously close to seventeen” is about.  Devon had no idea who Mei and her friends were.  Even he was confused when Ming slammed Mei’s doodles on the counter at him.  Ming, like Mrs. Hawkins, was convinced this older teen was wooing her innocent child into sexual submission, but it was purely the result of Mei’s hormones kickstarting awkwardly.  So what about the scenario was his fault?

And just so we’re clear, yes, I’m aware she’s blaming the real-world human writers who made the movie, not the fictional cartoon characters, but I’d like to know how she would have written out that scene herself.

It’s even more appalling when Mei begins to draw this boy in what a “Turning Red” YouTube account calls “dirty drawings.” Her drawings include half-naked sketches of him, and, at one point, she crawls under her bed to get all hot and sweaty with her sketchbook of semi-nude scribbles. It would be hard to explain this scene as anything other than masturbation.

This lady will have an aneurysm should she find out about Deviantart.com

Which YouTube account, exactly?  The official Disney/Pixar account, a movie critic’s channel, or some rando with a clickbaity title who thinks George Soros is behind everything?

Masturbation?  I guess, sure.  But only if you read it that way.  On the other hand, it could be a girl coming to an awakening she had no idea existed and was going where her muse led her as she was MAKING DRAWINGS.  I remember this phase.  You are suddenly VERY interested in a certain type of person and you make doodles and drawings that you like but have no idea why, but you hadn’t gotten to that masturbation phase yet because your brain hadn’t made the connection.

Hmm.  I guess that wasn’t very hard at all.

Mei and her friends are in a tug of war with their parents that the writers sexualize as they have the characters catcalling boys at school, endorsing “stripper music,” and making plans to rebel against their parents who have legitimate concerns for their safety. But it gets worse.

Were…were you never a teen?  Did you never experience any of these things?  You never secretly commented to yourself on how Joey in third period he fills out his jeans rather nicely?  You never enjoyed music your parents were aghast at?  And you never, ever did anything you thought would be cool despite your parents’ protests?  I’m not insinuating Mrs. Hawkins was some sort of sexual deviant as a teenager and in denial about it now, I mean these moments are an integral part of growing up for everyone.  You have hormonally-driven, impure thoughts well before before you even understand the first thing about sex.  You start listening to music that caters to your generation more than previous ones, music that makes your parents uncomfortable, forgetting they, too, listened to some pretty raunchy music at that age.  And bringing it back to gripes about older Disney movies…you DO remember the plot of The Little Mermaid was about a rebellious teen defying her father, who did have legitimate concerns for her safety…and was rewarded in the end!

And a real point of contention here…the band 4*Town was supposed to be a parody of the N’Sync/Backstreet Boys craze back in 2002.  I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks nowadays they were “stripper music”.  And by the way, that’s what Abby’s mother derisively called it.  That in no way was an endorsement.  So that claim is as nonsensical as it is bonkers.

How perverse.

The abortion lobby gets in on the action in the very end when Mei goes out with her panda tail and ears on display. When her mother disapproves, Mei apes the abortion lobby’s signature and sinister catchphrase as she says, “My panda, my choice.”

Oh no!  She used a quippy phrase to exemplify she’s in charge of her own choices!  Perhaps you might have preferred “Don’t tread on me”, maybe? But hey, at least pro-life advocates don’t lift out-of-context quotes from like, say, a Dr. Seuss book or anything, right?

And we KNOW you’re not hypocrites or anything…

I’m not sure what she thinks is meant to happen here.  So because she says “My panda, my choice”, that leads to kids wanting abortions?  Is she like those people who thought Disney was trying to pervert our children because she thought the “SFX” cloud in The Lion King said “SEX”?

In Tony Goldmark’s riff video of Disneyland’s opening day broadcast, when Fess Parker and the chorus are singing about his rifle Old Betsy, and Tony says “Only a good guy with a song and dance number can stop a bad guy with a song and dance number”, was he endorsing the NRA?

It’s a schrodinger’s cat in logical fallacies: her children are supposedly too young to know what an abortion is, but they’re supposed to think abortions are good and cool because a talking point was co-opted.

The point of Mei saying that was to tell her mom that she has the autonomy to turn into a panda however she wants because it only affects her.  This so-called “abortion lobby” doesn’t have a stake in this movie, and the fact you’re hung up on it like this says far more about you than it does about the movie.

Disney clearly is no longer interested in being a guardian of the innocence of childhood. Instead, by their own admission, Disney leadership is actively pushing children out of Neverland and directly into an adult’s sexualized world, where they can be groomed for others enjoyment.

Um…source, please?  First of all, Disney was and is many things, but never a “guardian”.  They are a company who’ve been making cartoons since the nineteen twenties, and their purpose was to endorse the values from the era in which they were produced.  And Walt himself famously thought some scary, uncomfortable things were worth putting in his movies to emphasize the good moments.  The witch in Snow White.  Lampwick turning into a donkey.  “Night on Bald Mountain”.  Pink Elephants on Parade.  Bambi’s mom getting shot.  That’s not being “A guardian of the innocence of childhood”. You might as well say “Amazon is a guardian of next day delivery”.

Second, WHOA.  “A sexualized world, where they can be groomed for others enjoyment”?  Look, sex and sexuality has always been a part of Disney, whether you noticed it or not.  Just because you never saw Lady and the Tramp and Pongo and Perdita have sex but they still had puppies doesn’t mean it never happened.  Are you mad Ariel and Jasmine show cleavage, or is that okay?  Mulan’s secret hinged on making sure no one saw her without clothing.  Hey, remember Nala’s bedroom eyes in “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”.  Hell, there are exposed breasts on the harpies in “Night on Bald Mountain”!

Sexy…

Third of all…grooming happens most often to children who have blind trust in authority figures and no idea what sexual anything is. (C’mon, I know you saw Frozen. That was the whole point of Anna’s arc)  You’re kind of arguing against your own point here.  It sounds more like you’re throwing in a hot buzzword to get others riled up. Disney’s grooming kids so they can…what?  Buy Minnie Mouse lingerie?  Want to dress up like Goofy for sex?  No seriously, what is their supposed goal?

It doesn’t seem coincidental that as this movie projects sexuality into children’s thoughts, Disney is also engaging in a campaign for politicized sex education in its home state. Disney recently spoke out in opposition to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, which would prohibit the discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in grades Kindergarten to Third.

If Turning Red “projected sexuality into children’s thoughts”, it’s because they were already there to begin with.  Otherwise the message goes right over their heads and they just get confused.  You can’t make these thoughts come together if children have no basis in understanding it to begin with.

And as far as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill kerfuffle…that’s cute.  I love how the right-wing pundits taught its base to ignore the fact Disney funded DeSantis and his goons for years for those alluring tax credits, and that Disney waited a whole week after the bill was passed before saying anything, after their own cast members lashed out at them.  Disney doesn’t want to lose its homophobic boomer base OR its younger, more inclusive crowd, and so it tries to play to both and makes neither happy.  Charlie Kirk and Megyn Kelly and Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity and Ben Shapiro and Alex Jones are laughing all the way to the bank because THEY’RE the ones profiting off this ordeal, not Disney.

 “Why else would you want to have two dudes or two women kissing in a Disney film? What is the agenda? To expose them to it or to increase the ranks of the LGBTQ community?” – This Twat

Disney CEO Bob Chapek said that he was opposed to the bill from the onset and called Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to say as much. He also asserted that the company would be stopping political funding in Florida and instead focusing its resources on supporting “advocacy groups to combat similar legislation in other states.” Disney indeed pledged $5 million to the Human Rights Campaign. However, its contribution was denied by HRC, believing Disney needs to do more for the alphabet soup lobby.

If the HRC denied Chapek’s $5 million for this reason…GOOD.  They’re right.  Adding an “inclusivity” key and selling rainbow-colored merchandise every June isn’t enough.  Those in the LGBT community want validation and recognition.  There’s no “agenda” beyond “Hey, what if your gay children grew up not hating themselves?”  And as long as the aforementioned pundits keep sneering into their microphones about how gays are ruining America, we’re gonna keep fighting back.  And a snippet of Lefou dancing with a dude is not enough.

By the way, why do conservatives think it’s the height of comedy to not comprehend the LGBTQIA et cetera acronym?  It comes off less like them mocking the variety of orientations than them just whining how proud they are to be ignorant of something.

But what more can Disney really do? Sexualized content seems to be the new pixie dust at Disney, sprinkled liberally.

Ah!  I see what you did there!  Ha ha!  Yeah, that’s a humdinger of a knee-slapper, yessiree!

If you have a daughter, Mrs. Hawkins, I hope you told her she can be as courageous, brave, and strong as Wonder Woman.  I hope you told her that a woman can stand just as tall as Batman and Superman in the Justice League, which is, for all intents and purposes, kind of a sausage fest.  I doubt you told her she can be like Superman or Batman, right?  It’s best to say that as a girl, she can still be fast, strong, brave, and clever, and being female is in no way a hindrance to that, right?

The point I’m getting at is “representation matters”.  It’s important that children grow up realizing who they are is a worthwhile individual capable of great things.  When a child who knows they are attracted to the same sex, but sees gay people as victims, targets, idiots, and villains, that’s crushing and detrimental to their emotional growth.  Just like we need good role models who are women and others who are POC, disabled, from diverse countries, and of other religions, there needs to be better representation so children can grow up and feel valued and appreciated.

There’s something to be said about having someone who is just like you as a role model growing up.  And because EVERY young lady will deal with puberty at that age, I’m glad director Domee Shi will make that period much less terrifying.

The LGBTQ+ community has already been featured multiple times in Disney productions. For example, the popular Star Wars series featured a same-sex kiss in “The Rise of Skywalker,” and Disney even made a short with Pixar about two gay lovers entitled “Out.”

Out (2020): A short worthy of your attention.

First off, Out was beautiful and I will not have you sulley its name by coming out of your homophobic mouth, you uncultured shrew.

Second, “We don’t need anymore female empowerment!  Women already have Ripley from Alien, so back off!”

Doesn’t that sound moronic?  I mean, at least Ripley headlines her own movie, nevermind a freaking franchise, but the LGBT community have to be okay with what table scraps of scenes are thrown at them?

I can name far more examples of homosexuality in Disney films than you can (sort of, not really), and even what we have now is not enough.  Because they’re all in snippets and tiny moments that relegate LGBT members to background characters at best.  This fight is about gay people being fed up with being silenced and ignored.  And to whine that they should just be happy with a lesbian kiss and a short cartoon is beyond patronizing.

Whatever Disney’s future might be, it’s a sad reality that the company is losing its credibility through movies like “Turning Red.” For parents who proactively monitor what their child is viewing, it’s likely time to say goodbye to today’s Disney if you want to protect your children from the grooming tactics of the left. We’re not dealing with Mickey Mouse anymore.

Puberty is a freaking HORRIFYING ordeal for teenaged girls.  Their emotions are suddenly unhinged and rampant, they’re bleeding out of places that haven’t before, their interests start inexplicably diversifying, their faces break out with acne, plus the workload from school gets harder, and to top it off, often when under the puritanical jurisdiction of conservative parents, their instruction of this period comes in the form of either silence and/or shame.  Like Mei, girls often get blindsided and expected to just kind of “figure it out” on their own.  My daughter is probably going to sit down and watch this cute movie about a girl who hulks into a panda when she’s stressed or angry.  When she gets to be a tween, maybe she’ll hear classmates talk about puberty or hear mentions of it somewhere, and then my wife and I willl probably use the film as its intended metaphor to explain what she’ll be going through.  Much like we’ll watch Zootopia with her and explain systemic racism.

Let me guess: Shapiro told you systemic racism doesn’t exist, either, right?

A good movie is typically says something about the human condition and the experiences we go through.  In Turning Red, it showcases a turbulent time in a young women’s life when they’ll want answers and need to not feel alone. I think it’ll break down the mystery a little bit better than a dry lecture with a diagram of a uterus.

I’m still morbidly curious about how a movie metaphorically about puberty and how girls can take ownership of it has anything to do with “grooming tactics of the left”, since – like I said earlier – keeping girls in the dark about sexuality makes them more vulnerable to predators!  Then again, she sounds like the kind of nimrod who still thinks Hillary Clinton and Tom Hanks are knocking back baby blood in champagne flutes over at Ping Pong Comet Pizzeria for their CRT/Jewish Space Laser meetings.

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Wowee, what a ride.  She’s just so mad over a cartoon she is under no obligation to watch, doesn’t have the full picture of the “Don’t Say Gay” issue, and is in full Karen mode, spouting buzzwords not for a coherent and resourced point, but just parroting talking points meant to stir the pot.

Knowing that you can’t comment on Fox News articles unless you sign up for their newsletter (Oh hell no), she’ll never have to hear negative feedback like mine.  So she’ll stay mad over this nothingburger of a nonissue, and honestly, I hope her kids will find healthy ways to get through those tough years and come out okay.  Cancelling her Disney+ subscription is her choice, of course, and I won’t stop her.  But Mrs. Hawkins, you’re deluding yourself if you think Disney’s trying to make your children into prostitutes or whatever.  Stop listening to the talking heads whose job is to rant about Dr. Seuss, Potato Head, Minnie Mouse’s pantsuit, Critical Race Theory, and now Disney’s gay agenda just to distract you from the real political issues.  And above all, we Disney fans don’t care if you’re leaving.  Just go already.

But before you do…I have a gift for you that’s gonna blow your freaking mind.  Please for the love of gods click here. I beg of you.

Author: TAP-G

Writer, former podcaster, entertainment enthusiast. Movies and media have the power to shape our world and vice versa. Let’s take a deeper look at them.

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