Concerns Over LGBT Themes in Content, Coronavirus and Anti-Conservative Bias Plague Disney Shareholders Meeting
By Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor
The annual Disney shareholders meeting brought about multiple concerns in the changing market; worries over LGBT themes in content, coronavirus and anti-conservative bias at ABC News made some of the key talking points.
One Disney shareholder complained that the company was losing money over LGBT themes in their recent projects, according to a New York Times reporter.
The New Disney CEO, Bob Chapek, refuted the idea at Wednesday’s annual shareholders meeting, claiming the drop in stock “might have more to do with coronavirus and the worldwide pandemic that we’re facing.”
At Disney’s annual meeting, a shareholder complains about LGBT themes in Disney content and says stock price is down 20% as a result. Umm, Chapek says, stock price “might have more to do with coronavirus and the worldwide pandemic that we’re facing.”
— Brooks Barnes (@brooksbarnesNYT) March 11, 2020
Both the shareholder and Chapek may have valid concerns.
The stock market has been on a wild ride since concerns about the pandemic spread globally. The New York Stock Exchange plunged 7 percent on Monday, March 9, and briefly shut down trading.
With the advent of Disney+, Disney raked in billions during last year’s fourth quarter, and stocks surged until worldwide panic affected the market.
As Disney+ was downloaded across millions of households, Disney began to investigate what was truly “Family-friendly” for their audiences. Shows like LOVE, VICTOR were moved to Hulu, owned by Disney, because of lewd content. The LIZZIE MCGUIRE reboot was supposedly put on hiatus because the storylines did not fit within a “PG ceiling.”
Furthermore, Disney’s latest collaboration with Pixar, ONWARD, was banned in some Middle Eastern countries over what could be a reference to a lesbian character.
In the movie, a female police officer references her girlfriend in a line of dialogue stating, “My girlfriend’s daughter….”
Since most women and men who are not homosexual have friends who are women and who are men, this dialogue is ambiguous. A viewer can read into it what they want.
This isn’t to say that Christian audiences in particular shouldn’t be aware of LGBTQ characters on screen. As mentioned before, this character has one line that may or may not reference her gender identity.
The research or the influence for the mass media of entertainment shows that certain people have an attraction or a propensity to different aspects and elements of entertainment. A few (arguable about 7%) are attracted to and want to copy the violence. About 24% have a propensity for the alcohol and drugs. About 31% want to copy the sex.
The research shows two problems. First, those with a propensity will be influenced to copy the behavior even if it is a very small part of the movie or other entertainment. Second, those who do not have the propensity make the mistake of thinking that the entertainment in question has not influence. This influence based on propensity extends to advertising and elections. For more information, read CULTURE WISE FAMILY.
The role is so small, though, that LGBTQ advocates are complaining because one could “Blink and you miss it.”
The streaming and stock changes bring some uncertainty for Disney, who is now under the helm of Chapek as of late February.
Furthermore, a conservative reporter in attendance cornered Chapek over ABC’s clear anti-conservative bias.
“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Just like his predecessor Bob Iger, Disney’s new CEO Bob Chapek seems perfectly content with the wildly biased and slanted coverage at ABC News,” said National Center General Counsel and Free Enterprise Project (FEP) Director Justin Danhof, Esq., who attended the shareholder meeting and questioned Chapek.
“It appears that, for now, the palpable anti-conservative bias will continue at ABC News. We call on more consumers and shareholders to make their voices heard, and we applaud the true journalism of the folks at Project Veritas that continues to expose the lies and hypocrisy stemming from mainstream media outlets such as ABC,” Danhof said.
Chapek said he felt ABC News had a “stellar track record of being objective in reporting the news and it’ll continue in the future.”
Despite Chapek’s answer, Danhof said many of the shareholders shared their agreement by applause that ABC News should be held accountable for biased reports.
“After I asked my question, I was heartened by the applause in the room,” Danhof said. “Americans of all political stripes care about objective news reporting. And it is clear that our broadcast networks have strayed far from that standard. The support for my question should signal to Disney’s bosses that they are wasting a prime business opportunity by only catering to a small subset of liberal viewers rather than all Americans.”