Boycott Disney Now

If the ridiculous film Pocahontas was not enough to sour your stomach on the subject of Disney, this ought to:

According to an article in today’s New York Times, Disney executives have instructed its subsidiary Miramax NOT to distribute a documentary film by Michael Moore that is critical of the Bush administration. The film, entitled Fahrenheit 911 examines, among other things, the Bush family’s ties with the ruling family of Saudi Arabia.

According to the article, Disney came under heavy criticism from conservatives last May after the disclosure that Miramax had agreed to finance the film when Icon Productions, Mel Gibson’s company, backed out.

Mr. Moore’s agent, Ari Emanuel, said Michael D. Eisner, Disney’s chief executive, asked him last spring to pull out of the deal with Miramax. Mr. Emanuel said Mr. Eisner expressed particular concern that it would endanger tax breaks Disney receives for its theme park, hotels and other ventures in Florida, where Mr. Bush’s brother, Jeb, is governor.

Let’s get this straight: a corporation is AFRAID to release a film critical of the administration because it fears retaliation from the President’s brother.

Where the heck do we live, anyway? A banana republic? The People’s Republic of China?

Even people who don’t like Mr Moore’s films should be outraged about this. (Put it this way: if the administration were a Democratic one, and the film was made by a conservative activist and was critical of the administration, and Disney blocked its distribution, wouldn’t you be outraged?)

We cannot tolerate these affronts to free speech. Boycott Disney. Turn your stuffed Mickey Mouses into voodoo dolls.

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