Guaranteed by now, you’ve heard of Disney’s newest venture to create a task force aimed specifically at targeting children with godless transgender ideology and LGBTQ content. The task force came shortly after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, R, signed the “Parental Rights in Education” bill into law, which effectively bans teachers from instructing students from kindergarten through third grade on sexual orientation and gender identity, and also ensures administrative transparency for parents to be aware of what goes on with their children in the classroom.
Disney’s response is nothing short of a slap in the face to parents and their rights over their children. The message they are sending is, “If your child can’t be groomed in the classroom, we’re going to make certain that they are groomed through the content they consume.” This is, of course, one of many morally problematic, radical efforts by the children’s entertainment company.
So my question to parents and young adults is this: What are you going to do about it?
For so many of us, Disney brings back a sweet nostalgia that few kids can relate to anymore. We have memories of waiting for the newest full-length feature film to be released on VCR so we can watch it over again; walking through Disney parks, fully immersed, as we try to settle that giddy, butterfly-in-your-stomach excitement because all of our favorite characters have magically come to life; and longing for the moment when we can pass on the legacy of family-oriented stories to our own children so that they, too, can experience the magic. Those reasons alone are what have kept us tied to Walt Disney Company, forever beholden to the creators that bring back the child-like wonder. Those reasons alone are also what have coerced us into justifying the dramatic shift that Disney has made in the last years.
For many of us, it wasn’t enough to cut ties with Disney after they fired Gina Carano for sharing a conservative post on her personal social media account.
It wasn’t enough to cut ties with Disney when they launched a “diversity and inclusion” program that demonized America’s history, segregated their employees by race, and encouraged them to complete a “white privilege checklist” in order to break ties with “white supremacist culture.”
It wasn’t enough to cut ties with Disney when they thanked the Chinese province of Xinjiang for letting them film Mulan on their property, despite the detainment, torture, and forced sterilization of millions of Uighur Muslims in concentration camps nearby.
And yet, so many of us have pulled our money from companies like Starbucks for funding Planned Parenthood or deleted apps like Twitter for censoring conservatives. If we were consistent, we would’ve abandoned Disney a long time ago.
For those who have children or are planning to have children, the question “What are you going to do about it?” holds a greater sense of urgency. Over the last year, there’s been a dramatic increase in fed-up parents organizing protests at their local school boards to intervene in the sexual grooming of their children in classrooms. If we are adamantly opposed to teachers indoctrinating our children in the classroom, why do we justify funding a company that wants to indoctrinate them through media? If our responsibility as parents is to protect the hearts and minds of our children, why do we draw the line at the classroom?
Let’s say you’ve bought milk from your favorite neighborhood grocery store for the last ten years. It’s the best milk — you love it, your kids love it, and it goes with anything. To your dismay, you discover that the grocery store has been sold to a new owner, and the only milk they put on the shelves now is spoiled. It’s safe to assume that, because you don’t want your kids to get sick, you would immediately stop buying the milk from the grocery store and take your money elsewhere, right?
Disney is spoiled milk. It is no longer the Disney we once knew and loved but a company that has been bought out by left-wing idealogues who want nothing more than to capture the hearts and minds of your children and turn them against you. By continuing to pay for the Disney+ subscription and buying the park tickets to Disney World, you run the risk of making your child sick. You might respond by saying, “My kids are only allowed to watch the old Disney movies, and Disney World is a fun experience I don’t want them to miss out on.” Consider that, despite your good intentions, you are still funding their LGBTQ task force and any films, mini-series, and productions they create to damage the spirit of your child and sever the bond you have with them.
Disney has perverted God’s design for humanity.
Are we sure we want to continue to be active contributors and participants in the godlessness they are shamelessly perpetuating? Are we sure we want to put our time, money, and energy towards the world’s eagerness to catechize our children?
Perhaps this is what it looks like to die to self in the Christian life — to put our desires, our preferences, and our favorite things behind us because it does not bring glory to God. Perhaps this is what it looks like to protect our children from being conformed to the patterns of this world.
What mixed messages are we sending to our children by teaching them to be transformed by the renewing of their minds while, at the same time, allowing them to fill their minds with garbage?
Stop justifying the works of people who want to destroy your right to parenthood and abuse your children. There is no longer a benefit of the doubt to give. Satan is actively seeking to steal, kill, and destroy, and it’s up to us to decide whether or not we will stand in the way.
Disney is spoiled milk, and it’s time to throw it out.