Disney has lost its magic.

I know there are those who were never fans of the whole Disney experience and the whole Disney franchise…, and I always felt sad for those people…, but I was not one of those people.

I grew up in a time when Walt Disney and the world of Disney represented something of the highest quality…, something with the best intentions…, something that always exceeded our expectations…, something that was “magical.”

My children were raised on Walt Disney videos. They loved The Little Mermaid. They loved Nemo and Dory. They watched in amazement at Woody and Buzz. And they cried when Dumbo and Bambi lost their moms, and when Simba’s dad died.  

Actually taking a trip to Walt Disney World was the pinnacle of all vacations. Heck, my wife and I even spent a good portion of our honeymoon there!

I always felt that spending time at Walt Disney World was like spending time at a place that I aspired every place to be like and strive for. In my mind, it was a “kingdom” full of magic.  

When I was a grade school teacher in Florida, I took our class to Walt Disney World every year to visit EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) to help spark their imaginations and inspire their desire to learn, not to mention the additional cultural experiences of all of the countries in “The World Showcase.”

Amazingly enough, my feelings towards Disney have now all changed in the span of a few short months.

The Walt Disney Company has over 190,000 employees worldwide…, most of whom, I believe, strive to keep the magic of Disney alive. But it is apparent now, based on recent political stances taken by the company, and by statements and discussions that have surfaced by various individuals in Disney’s leadership, that The Walt Disney Company has been betrayed by its leadership and has lost its way…, and in turn lost its magic.    

For the record, here is a list of those people responsible for the betrayal of Walt Disney’s vision, either by their actions or by their silent acceptance of the vile actions of others.

Current Board of Directors:

Susan E. Arnold

Bob Chapek

John S. Chen

Judith L. Estrin

Fred H. Langhammer

Aylwin B. Lewis

Monica C. Lozano

Robert W. Matschullat

Sheryl K. Sandberg

Orin C. Smith

Current Senior Corporate Officers:

Susan Arnold – Chairwoman

Bob Chapek –CEO

James A. Rasulo – Senior Executive Vice President and CFO

Alan N. Braverman – Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Kevin A. Mayer – Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development

Christine M. McCarthy – Executive Vice President, Corporate Real Estate, Sourcing, Alliances and Treasurer

Zenia B. Mucha – Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

Jayne Parker– Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Ronald L. Iden – Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer

Brent A. Woodford – Senior Vice President, Planning and Control

Current Principal Business Executives Walt Disney Studios and Entertainment:

Alan F. Horn – Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios

Alan Bergman – President, (also in charge for Franchises) The Walt Disney Studios

Sean Bailey – President Production, The Walt Disney Studios

Edwin Catmull – President, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios

John Lasseter – Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios

Jean-Francois Camilleri – President, Disneynature, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures France

Thomas Schumacher – President, Disney Theatrical Group

Ken Bunt – President, Disney Music Group

David Agnew – President, Walt Disney Records

Abbey Konowitch – General Manager, Hollywood Records

Kathleen Kennedy – President, Lucasfilm Limited

Lylle Breier – The Muppets Studio 2006–present, SVP World Wide Special Events

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts:

Josh D’Amaro – Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Michael Colglazier – President of Disney Parks International

Rebecca Campbell – President, Disneyland Resort

Vice President, Disneyland Park – Jon Storbeck

Vice President, Disney’s California Adventure Park – Mary Niven

Vice President, Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels – Daniel Delcourt

Jeff Vahle– President- Walt Disney World Resort

Senior Vice President of Operations and Next Generation Experiences, Walt Disney World Resort – Jim MacPhee

Vice President, Magic Kingdom – Kevin Myers

Vice President, Epcot – Melissa Valiquette

Vice President, Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Phil Holmes

Vice President, Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Djuan Rivers

Vice President, Downtown Disney – Keith Bradford

Vice President, Resort Operations – Thomas Mazloum

Vice President, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Disney Water Parks – Kristen Osborne

Vice President, Transportation Operations and Maintenance – Jim Vendur

Vice President, Global Promotions, Disney Destinations LLC.– Greg Albrecht

Natacha Rafalski – CEO, Euro Disney S.C.A. (Disneyland Paris)

Senior Vice President of Operations, Disneyland Paris – Joe Schott

Bill Ernest – President and Managing Director, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Asia

Stephanie Young – Managing Director, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Vice President, Park Operations – Noble Coker

Vice President, Hotel Operations – Peter Lowe

Vice President, Marketing – Maple Lee

Vice President, Sales and Travel Trade Marketing – Aliana Ho

Philipe Gas – Chairman and CEO, Tokyo Disney Resort (Oriental Land Company)

President and Chief Operations Officer, Tokyo Disney Resort (Oriental Land Company) – Kyoichiro Uenishi

President of Walt Disney Attractions Japan – Nick Franklin

Vice President and Executive Managing Director, Walt Disney Attractions Japan – Dave Vermeulen

Karl Holz – President, Disney Cruise Line

Senior Vice President of Operations, Disney Cruise Line – Tom Wolber

Claire Bilby – President, Disney Vacation Club

Chief Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering – Bob Weis

Chief Design and Project Delivery Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering – Craig Russell

Senior Vice President of Operations Integration/line of Business – Erin Wallace

Senior Vice President, Conservation & Environmental Sustainability – Jerry Montgomery

Senior Vice President of Global Sports Enterprises – Ken Potrock

Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility – Kerry Chandler

Senior Vice President of Worldwide Travel Operations – Kevin Lansberry

Senior Vice President of Corporate Alliances & Operating Participants – George Aguel

Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion – Tami Garcia

Executive Vice President, Public Affairs – Alannah Hall-Smith

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer – Jim Hunt

Executive Vice President, Global Marketing – Leslie Ferraro

Executive Vice President, International Development – Mike Crawford

Executive Vice President, New Business Development and Next Generation Experiences – Nick Franklin

Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment – Jackie Ogden, PhD

Disney Media Networks and Television:

Anne M. Sweeney – Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, President, Disney–ABC Television Group

Rebecca Campbell – President, ABC Owned Television Stations

Paul Lee – President, ABC Entertainment Group

Michael Riley – President, ABC Family

Brian Scott Frons – President, ABC Daytime

Ben Sherwood – President, ABC News

Diane Sawyer – Chief News Anchor, ABC News

Gary Marsh – President, Disney Channels Worldwide

Ellen Archer – President, Hyperion Books

John D. Skipper – Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, President, ESPN, Inc.

Sean Bratches: Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Christine Driessen: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ed Durso: Executive Vice President, Administration

Charles Pagano: Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Norby Williamson: Executive Vice President, Production

Russell Wolff: Executive Vice President and Managing Director, ESPN International

George W. Bodenheimer – Executive Chairman, ESPN, Inc.

Disney Interactive Media:

John Pleasants – Co-President, Disney Interactive Media Group

James A. Pitaro – Co-President, Disney Interactive Media Group

Bruce Gordon – Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Larry Shapiro – Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development

Garry Randall – Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Courtney Simmons – Vice President, Communications

Lane Merrifield – Executive Vice President, Disney Online Studios

Bart Decrem – Senior Vice President and General Manager, Disney Mobile

Disney Consumer Products:

Robert A. Chapek – President, Disney Consumer Products

Anne Gates – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Disney Consumer Products

Jessica Dunne – Executive Vice President, Global Licensing, Disney Consumer Products

Michael Horn – Managing Vice President, Counsel, Corporate Legal, Disney Consumer Products

Pamela Lifford – Executive Vice President, Global Fashion & Home, Disney Consumer Products

Susan Garelli – Senior Vice President Human Resources Worldwide, Disney Consumer Products

Gary Foster – Senior Vice President Corporate Communications, Disney Consumer Products

Luis Fernandez – Senior Vice President, Global Creative, Disney Consumer Products

J.D. Edwards – Senior Vice President, Food, Health & Beauty, Disney Consumer Products

Vince Klaseus – Senior Vice President, Global Toys, Disney Consumer Products

Günther Hake – Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Disney Consumer Products and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, China

James Fielding. – President, Disney Stores Worldwide

Russell Hampton, Jr. – President, Disney Publishing Worldwide

Robert Langer – General Manager of Disney Consumer Products EMEA

Mary Beech – Vice President and General Manager, Global Studio Franchise Development

Lisa Avent – Vice President and General Manager, Global Television Franchise Development

Kazuo Nakazawa – Vice President and General Manager, Disney Consumer Products, Japan

Julie Sneddon – Vice President and General Manager, Disney Consumer Products and Retail, Europe, Middle East and Africa

Walt Disney International:

Andy Bird – Chairman, Walt Disney International     

So, there you have it. Congratulations to all of these people for their parts, big or small, in crushing the belief of children, and adults, all around the world, that the world of Disney was something special.

Why do these people feel they have to ruin everything?

It’s probably a good thing that Walt isn’t around to witness how all of these fools are mishandling the spirit and the legacy of his vision.

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I’m offended by you always being offended!

Extra!  Extra!  Read all about it!  America is still a “free” country!

We have freedom of speech here.

We have freedom of expression here.

I am free to be whatever I want or say whatever I want or think whatever I want and you have the right not to like it and vice versa.

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You can choose to be offended all you want, and I have the right not to care and vice versa.

In the case I’m looking at here, a Kentucky BBQ restaurant is being attacked for “LGBTQ” shirts they are selling that have been deemed “offensive” by some.

In many places around the country, LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer.”  On the other hand, many people don’t know what LGBTQ means, and they don’t really care.

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According to Anna Hopkins for Fox News, “A Kentucky barbecue joint is facing serious blowback after some of their merchandise has been deemed inappropriate and offensive to the LGBTQ community.”

“Belle’s Smoking BBQ, which operates out of a food truck based in Williamstown, Ky., promoted their new t-shirts on social media this week, which are emblazoned with the slogan, ‘I support LGBTQ – Liberty, Guns, Bible, Trump, BBQ.’”

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“Many were quick to respond …, calling the misappropriation of the ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer’ slogan bigoted and harmful.”

Unless I’m mistaken, and from what I was able to learn, I’m not, the LGBTQ acronym is not legally trademarked.  This means anybody is free to use that acronym any way they want…, have it mean anything they want…, and have it stand for anything they want.

As much as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community wants to believe they own that acronym…, they don’t.

‘“I posted the shirt for new swag and it just went out of hand and it got blowed up,’ Belle’s Smoking BBQ owner Jamie Smith told Fox 19.  He added that even before advertising the shirts on Facebook, he had sold about 100 of the shirts.”

“After the post went viral and was inundated with negative comments, Belle’s Smoking BBQ removed it from Facebook and issued a statement apologizing, but also arguing that some individuals were behaving hypocritically by calling their shirts hateful while also making threats to the owners.”

‘“Belle’s Smoking BBQ apologizes if we have offended any groups, organizations or individuals with our shirts,’ the statement began.”

‘“We respect all beliefs and lifestyles and want no ill will towards anyone. We know each person has their own thoughts and beliefs but we are hurt that the people who are saying, “stop the hate” are the ones coming at us with the harassing messages and threatening phone calls. Again we apologize for any hurt feelings and thank our supporters who truly know us.’”

The only people who have to worry about public opinion are politicians and businesses.  Hence the apology.

But the bottom line with all of this “being offended” stuff is we can never make everyone happy.  Someone is always going to find a reason to be offended…, about something…, even if it’s just one out of a million.

Case in point from a recent headline:

“LGBTQ GROUPS CONDEMN TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S CAMPAIGN TO END CRIMINALIZATION OF HOMOSEXUALITY WORLDWIDE AS STUNT”

What!?

Yes…, “LGBTQ GROUPS CONDEMN TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S CAMPAIGN TO END CRIMINALIZATION OF HOMOSEXUALITY WORLDWIDE AS STUNT”

According to Hollie McKay for Fox News, “The Trump administration, spearheaded by the openly gay U.S Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, announced a new initiative aimed at bringing an end to the criminalization of homosexuality worldwide.”

“Wow,” you might say…, that’s a pretty noble initiative by President Trump and his administration.

“On January 10 in the southwestern Iranian city of Kazeroon, a 31-year-old man was publicly hanged, according to state-run media, after being found in guilty of the ultimate crime: homosexuality.”

“The man, whose identity was not released, was just one of more than 6,000 alleged to have been executed under the Islamic republic’s Sharia penal system. What’s more, Iran is just one of 73 countries where homosexuality is criminalized, and one of eight nations, alongside Afghanistan, Brunei, Mauritania, Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Somalia, where it is classified as an offense punishable by death.”

‘“The United States continues to work to protect and defend human rights for all. Governments have an obligation to ensure that all people can freely enjoy the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms to which they are entitled,’ a State Department spokesperson told Fox News this week. ‘Working to advance longstanding U.S. policy around human rights is the kind of work our Ambassadors do all around the world every day.’”

So what kind of problem could the LGBTQ community in The United States have with this type of initiative you might ask?  What would cause them to label the initiative as a “stunt?”

“The initiative has in large part not been praised my many gay, lesbian and transgender rights groups and activists in the United States, and has actually been met with considerable backlash and skepticism.”

“Jeremy Kadden, Senior International Policy Advocate for the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization in the country, told Fox News: ‘If this commitment is real, we have a lot of questions about their intentions and commitments, and are eager to see what proof and action will follow.’”

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“James Esseks, Director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project also censured the initiative. ‘Any talk from the Trump administration about improving life for LGBTQ people in other countries will ring hollow for the millions of LGBTQ people in America who have been under attack by this administration from day one,’ he stressed. ‘If the Trump administration wants to reduce the very real violence and discrimination faced by LGBTQ people, it should start at home by ensuring LGBTQ people are protected by our nation’s civil rights laws.’”

And Tarah Demant, Director of the Gender, Sexuality and Identity Program at Amnesty International pointed out that ‘Amnesty stands with activists calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality,’ but said they were concerned that key LGBT groups in the United States were not invited to the Grenell-led summit to kick of the campaign in Berlin this month.”

Oh, I get it now.  The anointed LGBTQ keepers of the discrimination “holy grail” were not paid proper homage to.

As usual with liberals…, it’s more about what is said than what is actually done.  The fact that this may actually help LGBTQ people around the world doesn’t really matter.  What only matters to these people is that they keep their cottage industry of being offended alive in order to justify their own existence.

Some members of the media and policy experts “view the vilifying of the campaign with collective frustration.”

‘“The left, and many on the right, have expressed concern about the harsh penalties for homosexuality in other nations for an extremely long time,’ noted Adam Weiss, CEO of AMW, a public relations firm. ‘President Trump is constantly hit with a barrage of baseless claims that he is harmful to the LGBT community, but this effort could potentially save many lives around the globe. Even when he is helping, they insist that he is hurting. It’s madness.’”

“According to Dan Gainor, VP of Business and Culture at the Media Research Center, ‘it’s a case of being damned if you do and damned if you do not.’”

“You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.” – Abraham Lincoln

On a side note…, a new “app” has been developed that identifies restaurants and businesses that are safe for conservatives to visit.

Think about that for a minute.

Have they needed an app that identifies restaurants and businesses that are safe for LGBTQ individuals to visit?

Just sayin’.

 

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