A new clothing line for children has been released by Disney in the thick of the controversy surrounding the corporation’s reaction to the new parental rights in education bill in Florida and reported efforts to include LGBT advocacy in its children’s programming.
The new fashion line was released on Monday, and it features merchandise such as baby clothes, sweaters, t-shirts, and other gear – all bearing rainbow pride flags symbolic of the LGBT movement. The pride month that is recognised every June begins soon and the collection has been released just two weeks before that.
The products also include images of iconic characters from the Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars franchises and Mickey Mouse, one of the most iconic characters of them all. The gear is being sold through the shopDisney online store, Disney theme parks, and Disney retail outlets.
Many parents of young children are outraged at this move.
It seems that slowly, over the past couple of decades, exposure to themes that cause sexual confusion to young people has been slowly creeping lower and lower in age, effectively sexualising children long before they are of an age where it would be appropriate to begin teaching them about the facts of life.
In an opinion piece published on The Daily Citizen, authored by Zachary Mettler, it says: “Once again, Disney is targeting children with an “LGBT” agenda. As if opposing Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill wasn’t enough, the company is now releasing an “LGBT-themed” clothing and merchandise line for kids in advance of June’s pride Month.”
Disney’s statement about the collection reads: “The Disney Pride Collection was created by LGBTQIA+ employees and allies at The Walt Disney Company and is a reflection of their incredible contributions and place at the heart of the company. We stand in solidarity with our LGBTQIA+ community everywhere.
The Walt Disney Company will be donating all of our profits from the Disney Pride Collection sales now through June 30, 2022, to organisations that support LGBTQIA+ youth and families. This includes sales of Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars Pride Collection merchandise.”
They include information about the organisations who they will be donating to below their statement.
In March CBN reported, in a leaked video from a Disney staff meeting concerning Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ signing of the Parental Rights in Education bill into law, an executive producer at the Walt Disney Company claimed the company’s leadership has been welcoming to her “not-at-all-secret” gay agenda.
Journalist Christopher F Rufo obtained the video and posted it to social media. The clip showed Latoya Raveneau, an executive producer with Walt Disney animation, recalling how she “didn’t have to be afraid to like, let’s have these two characters kiss in the background. I was just, wherever I could, just basically adding queerness. If you see anything queer in the show, no one would stop me, and no one was trying to stop me.”
The Parental Rights in Education bill that DeSantis signed into law, states that schools cannot teach curriculum on sexual orientation and gender identity to very young children from kindergarten to third grade. It does not ban the word ‘gay’ from classrooms, even in casual discussions on either topic. Leftist groups and biased media outlets mischaracterised the measure, calling it the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
The mischaracterisation is what prompted Disney’s official response – which also mislabelled the Parental Rights bill.
A spokesperson for Disney said, “Florida’s HB 1557, also known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, should never have passed and should never have been signed into law.
Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organisations working to achieve that. We are dedicated to standing up for the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family, as well as the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country.”
Evangelist Franklin Graham told his Facebook followers last month that “Disney has gone too far.”
His full post reads: “LGBTQ activists are using corporations to force their agenda on the public, and companies may want to take another look at what they are allowing to happen. Disney has gone too far. The people of Florida have revolted, and it’s going to cost Disney big time – but because they came out against the parents of Florida, the governor and legislators have revoked that status.
What has happened at Disney is moral failure. Walt Disney had a vision for wholesome family entertainment. He was committed to the family. The morals of the corporate leadership of Disney today are in the gutter, and they want to redefine family counter to God’s original design and flaunt sin. Thank God for Governor Ron DeSantis who is willing to take a bold stand. We need more leaders like him. God bless him and the Florida legislature.”
Marsha from Winter Garden, Florida, told Fox News how her family is responding to Disney’s “extreme changes.”
“We’ve been going to Disney for a long time, and we are tired of the extreme changes that they seem to think are pleasing everyone. When our annual passes expired in February, we did not renew them because of our displeasure with the way Disney has gone overall, not just on the particular issue, but on all their wokeness.
Walt would be rolling over in his grave!”
In Zachary Mettler’s piece, published by The Daily Citizen, he suggested that Disney’s agenda is attempting to fill children’s heads with the notion that same-sex couples marrying is morally the same as a marriage between a man and a woman. He referred to Disney trying to install the idea that gender is malleable which he believes will “confuse” and negatively impact them as they transition into young adults.
This writer does not believe there is anything wrong with same sex couples. But I do whole heartedly agree that forcing it down the throats of children before puberty does, indeed confuse them and leads to mental health issues – I have personally witnessed this in a few young people over the past decade or so.
Should companies centred around children be allowed to force feed the kids of the world a steady flow of information that ultimately removes their innocence much too early? That is a question for you, the reader to answer.