Remember when Disney signaled their virtue about Florida’s parental rights bill that the left had falsely named the “Don’t Say Gay” bill? Remember how Disney vowed to stand against the evil Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for his supposed homophobia, and how Disney courageously threw in a lesbian kiss into its “Lightyear” movie in order to show how pro-LGBT it was?
Well, apparently they aren’t that brave because they’re now stripping all LGBT content from its streaming service in Middle Eastern countries in order to appease the censors there.
According to Bounding Into Comics, after multiple films were banned in the Middle East for its LGBT content such as Thor: Love and Thunder, and the Eternals, Disney has decided it will continue to appease censors by removing that content from their streaming service, Disney+:
“Content offerings differ across our many Disney+ markets, based upon a number of factors. Content available should align with local regulatory requirements,” a Disney representative told THR in a statement, while also stressing that the platform offers parental controls to allow families to determine what their family members watch.
Disney+ will simply not release some of their biggest films in the last couple of years in order to avoid angering foreign audiences. The decision to avoid upsetting the Middle East based on their views towards LGBTQ content is a major shift from how Disney took on Ron DeSantis and the state of Florida earlier this year.
The trouble with virtue signaling is that at some point you’re going to have to put your money where your mouth is and prove that you actually have said virtue. As you can see, Disney is more than willing to toss out LGBT content overseas if it still means they can keep making money there.
Clearly, Disney’s principles are about as weak as their Marvel Phase 4 lineup.
This is the same Disney that has lost its special tax status in Florida over its willingness to get political over the parental rights bill, which doesn’t even prohibit saying the word “gay,” but simply prohibits Florida schools from teaching children from Kindergarten to 3rd Grade LGBT curricula.
Its sudden silence about LGBT censorship overseas is proof that Disney, indeed the vast majority of corporations, don’t actually have the courage to walk the walk when their bottom line is under threat.