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Walt Disney World has apologized to fragile, thin-skinned leftists for a video of a Texas high school girls’ drill team performance that was decried as “racist” and for promoting negative stereotypes of Native Americans, saying that the routine was not a reflection of its core values.
A viral video of the “Indianettes” of Port Neches-Groves High School which was recorded during a March 15 visit to the “woke” corporation’s sprawling Orlando theme park set off war whoops from the usual collection of perpetually aggrieved ninnies on social media who howled for scalps.
Disney, which used to be one of the nation’s foremost promoters of traditional American values before the left’s corrosive culture war took root in corporate boardrooms, all but openly accused the teens of deception, saying that the performance “was not consistent” with the audition tape that was provided by the school.
In the routine, the teens are wearing their purple and white cheerleader uniforms doing a dance that draws on Indian culture, along with the chant of “scalp ’em, Indians, scalp ’em.”
Among the swarm of complainers was Ojibwe tribal attorney Tara Houska, the former Native American Advisor to failed Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders who took to Twitter to rail against Disney for hosting what she referred to as “nostalgic racism,” along with a video of the dancers.
Cuz a bunch of kids in fringe chanting “scalp ‘em Indians, scalp ‘em” is honor, right?
And any Natives who attend @pngisd should prolly just accept their classmates dehumanizing them cuz “tradition”, right?
Shame on @DisneyParks hosting this. Nostalgic racism is RACISM. pic.twitter.com/ELsJHRgJlw
— tara houska ᔖᐳᐌᑴ (@zhaabowekwe) March 18, 2022
The virtue-signaling corporation, which is currently embroiled in a public feud with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over the so-called “don’t say gay” parental rights bill, was quick to bend a knee to the mob that questioned its commitment to diversity and inclusion.
According to a statement from Jacquee Wahle, a spokesperson for Disney, “The live performance in our park did not reflect our core values, and we regret it took place. It was not consistent with the audition tape the school provided and we have immediately put measures in place so this is not repeated.”
Disney’s groveling apology and suggestion that there was nothing in the audition tape that could have warned of the Native American aspects of the performance comes despite the school’s logo and mascot being one of an Indian, not exactly something that is a closely held secret that whoever was in charge of vetting in the kingdom of the mouse wouldn’t have been able to easily find out through a simple internet search.
Twitter users reacted to Disney’s Indianettes hysteria.
They showed up in these costumes and their names are the ‘indianettes.’ Apparently they’ve been done it in previous years. Even if their audition tape wasn’t exactly what they did out there, they had to have known what was their whole deal was. pic.twitter.com/FcHqbPnGX9
— Rainbow Caverns (@rainbowcaverns) March 18, 2022
Their team name is "Indianettes," and their uniform includes headdresses, but sure, Disney was shocked by what happened next. https://t.co/s9CDhtVDyl
— Anakela21 (@Anakela21) March 18, 2022
Ah yes, because the fact that this school has performed this chant on Disney property in the past in fake war bonnets and are literally called the INDIANETTES didn't tip them off about the racism? https://t.co/JfVq2oWHWk
— meh-stelle 🌬🍂 (@estelleybear) March 19, 2022
Disney claims that they weren't aware of what they were going to chant, but they are called the Indianettes and their typical uniform has an "Indian Headdress", what did they think was going to happen
— Figment Fan 🏳️⚧️ (@pinkrose787) March 18, 2022
“In recent years Disney Parks has pledged to operate and develop new attractions with one guiding principle in mind: ‘Inclusion.’ To that end, they’ve made several changes to demonstrate their dedication to the cause, such as scrapping the phrase ‘ladies and gentleman, boys and girls’ during the ‘Happily Ever After’ fireworks show at Magic Kingdom,” the New York Post reported regarding Disney’s recent transformation.
PNGISD Asst. Superintendent Julie Gauthier responded to the firestorm, “PNGISD is aware of the concern regarding the performance of our band and Indianettes at Disney World. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our school district,” she wrote in a statement. “Our district is nearing 100 years old and our Board of Trustees is committed to always making the best decisions for our students, staff and the communities of Porch Neches and the Groves.”
According to local media, the school has “wiped” all of its social media accounts.
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