"We feel after nine years of boycotting Disney we have made our point," American Family Association President Tim Wildmon said on his organization's Web site.
After a nearly decade-long boycott that America refused to get behind and that had absolutely no effect, the AFA gave up.
To add to the AFA's fake victory, the announcement goes on: "Another positive sign has been the breakup of Disney and Miramax, the controversial film producing company that the Mouse House bought in 1993 for $80 million."
Thank you, AFA, for failing to save America from the likes of "Finding Neverland," "The Aviator" and "Les Choristes." It's too bad Miramax founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein will no longer get to produce under the Miramax name they built for nearly 25 years.
The Disney/Miramax split, as has been widely reported, was not a decision to dump Miramax for its content. Far more likely, the cause was that Miramax was making too much money with hits like "Shakespeare in Love," "Pulp Fiction" and "Goodwill Hunting," and Disney wasn't getting a big enough cut. When the Weinsteins started to bomb out with movies like the largely unseen "Kate and Leopold," "The Shipping News" and "Talk Magazine," longtime Disney executive Michael Eisner could justify letting go of the artistically creative brothers with whom he had never seen eye to eye.
"It is our hope that the corporate leadership at Disney will see the error of their ways and change directions ... the company can return again to the Disney most came to love and trust in past generations," the AFA states on its Web site.
Though Walt was long dead by the time Miramax was on the scene, he did say, "You're dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway." In order for the company to remain successful, Disney's expansion to more adult-targeted films was inevitable. Back to that "love and trust" of the bygone Disney. I'm curious as to which films, exactly, the AFA was referring.
Perhaps it meant the Disney movies that failed to portray a two-parent family, such as Snow White, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty (exist but are absent), The Sword and the Stone and The Lion King (mother exists but is largely absent)? Or perhaps the Disney stories that portray a woman as unable to make life choices for herself (Snow White) and as vain (nearly every Disney princess) or seen and not heard (The Little Mermaid)?
The studio also has a tendency to make men look like lovesick, obsessive dolts (Prince Charming) or angry dominant victimizers (both Beast and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast). Uncle Walt himself steadfastly avoided claiming any social responsibility for his films: "I don't pretend to know anything about art. I make pictures for entertainment, and then the professors tell me what they mean," he famously quipped.
The AFA's boycott was intended not only for the films but for everything Disney, especially the parks.
"Products and theme parks are subsidizing Disney's promotion of the homosexual agenda," reads the AFA's original boycott manifesto.
Well, they got that right. Big Gay Mickey has been recruiting kids into gaydom for far too long. What with those sassy shorts, stylish shoes and gloves, not to mention that mischievous, "come hither" grin.