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The next time you visit an “inclusive” Disney resort or theme park, be prepared to potentially encounter male employees dressed as women and female employees dressed as men.
Going forward, Disney intends to provide “greater flexibility with respect to forms of personal expression surrounding gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewelry, nail styles, and costume choices,” according to Josh D’Amaro, the chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products is one of several subsets of The Walt Disney Company.
While it’s not entirely clear what this new policy means, it sounds like Disney will essentially be allowing men and women to dress as the opposite gender. For instance, imagine a Disney employee dressing as “The Little Mermaid” like singer Harry Styles reportedly did this past week:
No agenda here, kids…
This is just celebs having fun, kids…
It’s normal for men to dress as little girls favourite Disney female character, in little girls fancy dress…
It’s what good WHITE Men, do… pic.twitter.com/Zdf0ZKhHIQ
— John Palmer (@dicksblackbess) April 16, 2021
In a blog post published Tuesday on Disney’s website, D’Amaro claimed that this new policy is part of a new action plan focused on “creating a place where everyone is welcome.”
“We want our guests to see their own backgrounds and traditions reflected in the stories, experiences and products they encounter in their interactions with Disney. And we want our cast members – and future cast members – to feel a sense of belonging at work,” he wrote.
“That means cultivating an environment where all people feel welcomed and appreciated for their unique life experiences, perspectives and culture. Where we celebrate allyship and support for each other. And where diverse views and ideas are sought after as critical contributions towards our collective success,” he added.
The irony was that his announcement came only weeks after Disney fired conservative actress Gina Carano from “The Mandalorian” series for using a Nazi comparison to highlight the danger of America’s boiling-hot political climate.
Disney did so despite fellow “The Mandaloran” star Pedro Pascal, a gay liberal, having used a Nazi comparison to smear then-President Donald Trump three years ago. Unlike Carano, Pascal was never punished.
Disney slammed, critics demand answers when incendiary posts from fired actress’ leftist colleagues… https://t.co/d8T4FAjzKl
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) February 12, 2021
This double standard inspired Carano to accuse Disney of engaging in political favoritism. What’s unclear is whether the company intends to address this political favoritism and discrimination.
In the blog post, D’Amaro said only that Disney wants to expand its so-called “Four Keys” — safety, courtesy, show and efficiency — by adding another one for “inclusion.”
“We’re bringing the spirit of the Inclusion Key to life across our business. We’re reimagining our attractions to be more inclusive, like upcoming enhancements to Jungle Cruise and new adventures with Princess Tiana. We’re celebrating the diverse and inspiring stories of our cast and fans with creator collaborations and exciting experiences, like The Soul of Jazz exhibit at Walt Disney World Resort,” he wrote.
“We’re also looking at ways we can support and uplift our communities through programs like our Disney Dreamers Academy mentorship programs, and we’re including more diverse companies in our supply chain. In fact, we’re looking at ways to increase our support for diverse suppliers in a big way – we’ll share more details on this commitment in the future,” he added.
Judging by the promo video below that was published to YouTube on the same day as the blog post, it appears this “inclusion” will also mean embracing Black Lives Matter extremists (fast-forward to around the 1:20 mark):
But again, what about conservatives? Will conservatives be “included?” How about Christians? How about anybody — anybody at all — whose political and ideological beliefs differ from those of the increasingly single-minded establishment?
And what about white people? During a panel discussion last week, another top Disney boss reportedly revealed that the company recently passed on an otherwise “incredibly well-written” script because it would have told the story of a white family — and that would have lacked so-called “diversity.”
“Pass. That’s not going to get on the air anymore because that’s not what our audience wants. That’s not a reflection of our audience, and I feel good about the direction we’re moving,” Dana Walden, the chair of Walt Disney Television Entertainment, said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, some critics on social media have argued that Disney is ruining the Disney experience by making it about narcissistic personal expression instead of its timeless characters.
Disney continues to miss the point on why people go to Disney. Disney continues to lose its magic. Disney is about the characters and stories people grew up with and that Disney tells, not about cast members expressing their own personalities. I can go to six flags and get that.
— NativeTexan (@peaklover16) April 13, 2021
Exactly this. What sets Disney apart is the immersion. Cinderella doesn’t have purple hair and tattoos. This isn’t a further step into turning Disney World into a carnival rather than a premium vacation kingdom. The theming INCLUDES the cast members. They’re clueless.
— Mathew Ricci (@MathewRicci) April 13, 2021
Walt Disney is rolling over in his grave this was not his vision for his parks he had specific ideas about the guest experience even going to the expense of putting a tunnel system under the Magic Kingdom so not to spoil the magic but that will be gone in order to be WOKE😫😫
— Bill Galligan (@Bgalligan601) April 14, 2021