The Mouse gone woke.

Paul GleiserThe Mouse gone woke.

According to figures contained in a study published by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, approximately 1.4 million U.S. adults identify as transgender. Divide that number into 331.9 million – the total population of the country – and you are confronted with the realization that our culture is being hijacked out of concern for the sensibilities of four tenths of one percent of our fellow citizens.

The latest manifestation is the Walt Disney Company. Disney – once the company that parents could count on for high-quality, enjoyable and, above all, safe entertainment for their children – has gone woke.

After being silent for nearly a year while the bill was being debated in the Florida legislature, Disney management has now forcefully spoken out against the “Parental Rights in Education” act that passed with majority popular support. Dubbed by its critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, (a deliberately misleading moniker), the law prohibits lessons about sexual orientation in kindergarten through third grade in Florida public schools.

It’s actually difficult to wrap one’s head around the idea that such a law should ever be necessary in the first place. At one time simple common sense would have sufficed. Anyone with a lick of it can tell you that five-year-old children are in no way ready for curricula on sexuality. Talking to kindergarten children about sex isn’t education, it’s pedophilia.

And thus, another iconic American company succumbs to the radical, woke Left.

So sad.

Disney was once an American treasure. It was once a responsible, respected and widely admired steward of childhood imagination. It was once a protector of childhood innocence.

Today’s Walt Disney Company is none of those things. Today’s Disney executives are busy eliminating bigoted and transphobic phrases like, “Ladies & Gentlemen, Boys & Girls…” from recorded theme park greetings. They’re proudly announcing that by the end of this year, half of the characters in their movies will be LGBTQIA. (And is it me, or do they keep adding letters to that designation?)

Disney built its family-friendly reputation character-by-character, movie-by-movie and theme park-visit-by-theme park-visit over a period spanning most of a century. That reputation now stands in ruin, all in genuflection to an inordinately noisy – yet vanishingly small – portion of the American population.

The Walt Disney Company was built by children. It was the one studio in Hollywood that aimed the majority of its efforts at a childhood audience. If Disney is concerned about nurturing and educating children, good for them. Such concern is a part of the company’s DNA.

But if childhood education truly is their concern, Disney’s efforts are misdirected. To the extent that gender dysphoria is a problem, its sufferers represent a tiny, tiny fraction of children. Meanwhile, as Disney is obsessing over sexuality and gender pronouns, upwards of 70 percent of public school kids in America can’t read at grade level (while Chinese school children are busy doing multi-variable calculus).

If the Disney Company turned its considerable resources toward addressing that childhood concern, I’m sure Walt himself would be proud.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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8 Responses

  1. Jim Lee says:

    Paul, I’m trying to wrap my brain around this. My first trip to Walt Disney World was 1978…I was 32. I acted like a child. It was terrific, and the employees were First Class. Walt is turning over in his grave.

  2. Rob C. says:

    Well done and Thank you Sir !!
    For speaking the truth in a sea of lies manipulation!! A real Breath of fresh air Mr Gleiser

  3. Stephen G says:

    It’s always awesome to hear the truth told. The West is being destroyed by those who claim to have its best interests at heart. By their fruits you shall know them.

  4. Stephen G says:

    It is also worth noting that this noisy, small but powerful group of radicals is so fixated on CHILDREN. They are pedo GROOMERs folks.

  5. Mike says:

    The sad and sobering truth to the war on morality and Judeo-Christianity is these people are pure evil. Our society really has a very hard time believing our fellow human beings can be so. We are taught; for those of us who have gone to church or go to church and learn the Bible and It’s teachings of “turn the other cheek, forgiveness, and humans can turn from their evil ways”. But pure evil is exactly that. One of the THE most evil strategies in this war is turning our children against us and warping their sense of self. This exercise by those in Disney is absolutely unforgiveable and must be dealt with. I have a homosexual brother-in-law and even he is appalled by this revelation and is against 90% of the alphabet soup the left applies to whatever this group of people is calling themselves today. When he heard the word “binary” he ask me, “Isn’t that applied to a star cluster or something like that?” Really people, how far are we going to let this go? Lastly, as a 5th Generation Texan, using terms of respect such as Ma’am, Sir, opening doors for ladies, and helping women with children will never go away. My kids better stick to it too; otherwise they get a smack in the back of the head. So call the law on me and get out your cell phones for a video, because I ain’t conforming to anything this evil. BUT, I am going to have some fun on surveys and applications when asked about how I identify myself. They are screwing with us, time to poke a stick at them.

  6. Matthew says:

    It seems to me the right is every bit as fixated if not more so on sexuality or all things sexual. I agree there’s no place in schools for this at such a young age,common sense indeed. According to Rep.Cawthorn,many although adults are definitely very involved in sexual activities not so aligned with ” Family Values ” doctrine but to their credit it seems that term has been dropped in their rhetoric it seems for some time now. Again it’s something not unlike CRT claims, few instances and next thing you know it’s taking over the country . I’ve often heard parents raise kids not Disney, schools, so parents need to parent regardless of how busy you claim you are,everything starts at home or has that changed conveniently? Fear tactics as usual ,these type things should not be ignored no doubt but it’s amazing with all the issues facing our society, these type things are what our leaders are most focused on talking about and legislating, sure makes you wonder, no they know exactly what their doing. With crime,infrastructure, Healthcare just to name a few ,this is their primary focus. Let us not fret though they will protect us from the monsters. Such a small minority as you indicated, yet people are seemingly so afraid, amazing.

    • Buddy+Saunders says:

      Matthew, family values matter a great deal to those of us who do not put the term in quotes. We do indeed fear those work to undermine the family, and correspondingly we appreciate politicians who will stand up for families. Democrats are likely to see the workings of that in the next election.

  7. Buddy+Saunders says:

    Here are my thoughts and memories of Walt Disney and his Magic Kingdom. Beginning in the late 1920s and continuing through every decade that followed followed, Walt’s wholesome magic was always there as part of our childhood reality. Walt’s cartoons, animated movies, comic books, big little books and all manner of licensed products were around long before I was born in 1947. I, like millions of children from my generation grew up watching the Wonderful World of Disney, seeing such movies as Peter Pan, Pinocchio, and Bambi. In 1960, my family drove on vacation from Texas to California to visit relatives living in Anaheim. At the core of my memories from that vacation is our visit to Disneyland. Decades later, my wife and I returned to Disneyland with our young son, Conan, and he experienced Walt’s special magic as well. Disney World in Orlando became yet another place of magic for my son.

    I could go on and on about how much Walt Disney and his kingdom means to me.

    In taking the position it has, Disney management has made a serious mistake.

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