Disney is out of touch with mainstream American values

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The Conservatives once again shoot themselves in the foot and offer the left an easy victory. In their confrontation with the Disney Company over its opposition to an education bill that liberals have wrongly called ‘don’t say gay’, Republicans are playing into their opponents’ favor by choosing the wrong side of a culture war that has already been decided against them.

Or so liberals think.

Like a Policy As the writer put it, the very idea that the GOP would “demonize one of America’s most beloved and trusted corporations seems so chimerical at first glance that it begs a simple question: not “Why would they do that?” or even ‘Why would they could be finished?’ but ‘Why would it even be beneficial to try?'”

At first glance, this assessment of the dust between Governor Ron DeSantis and the company that operates “the happiest place on earth” seems accurate. This is especially true if you believe that the culture wars over gay and transgender issues were already won by the LBGTQ lobby and its corporate allies years ago.

This assumption is based on how Hollywood helped normalize same-sex marriage in movies and TV shows, pushing the courts to eventually enforce its acceptance across the country. This campaign exemplified the truth, articulated by the late Andrew Breitbart, that politics was downstream from culture. Since the entertainment industry remains firmly in the grip of the left, its executives likely assume that every policy change they approve will inevitably become part of American culture.

Hence the belief that Republicans in Florida are crazy to think they will succeed in stopping the indoctrination of young children to accept radical gender ideas. If Hollywood, including hitherto family-friendly Disney, plans to promote gender ideology, it’s because it believes mainstream American culture will follow even when it advocates the use of life-changing medical treatments. the lives of minors, with or without the permission of their parents.

But while Breitbart’s rule still holds, the left and its corporate enablers, such as those running Disney, are fundamentally mistaken about their power to control public opinion.

ORLANDO, FL – FEBRUARY 24: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at Rosen Shingle Creek on February 24, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. CPAC, which began in 1974, is an annual political conference attended by conservative activists and elected officials.
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Liberals may believe that supporting parents’ right to be involved in decisions about their children’s well-being and limiting discussion of gender and sexuality issues in classrooms is reactionary. But no matter how many times they call Florida’s HB1557 “don’t say gay” law and assume that’s enough to ensure its defeat, that doesn’t make it that way. Nor does it change the fact that there is a huge difference between accepting adult gay couples and trying to normalize the idea of ​​young children changing genders or allowing biological men to compete and dominate sports. women at the secondary and college levels. . Such things are not rooted in core American values.

Moreover, the growing polarization of American political culture means that liberal faith in Hollywood’s power to determine societal norms is also misguided. Over the past three years, the bifurcation of society has become almost complete, with Americans reading, watching, and listening to entirely different sets of media and isolating themselves from each other on social media platforms.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, many Americans have stopped listening to cultural or media outlets that call them racist because of their skin color or their embrace of equality rather than “fairness.” “. The same goes for conservatives who ignore mainstream media that label them as insurgent traitors because they voted for Donald Trump or question the fairness of the 2020 presidential election.

Now, even demographic groups that Democrats believed to be unwaveringly liberal are joining the backlash against woke doctrines about race and gender being imposed in schools. When Disney, acting under pressure from both left-leaning employees and liberal thought leaders, chose to publicly oppose the Florida law, it started something it couldn’t. to end.

DeSantis and the GOP aren’t trying to go back to the 1950s when the rest of the country has moved on. They are in fact in tune with much of mainstream America, which rejects the left-wing demonization of those who believe that parents should be responsible for their children’s upbringing and that sex education, including sex education, Gender indoctrination is not appropriate for kindergarten students.

Disney, as a former network writer recently acknowledged, has long been implicated in the sexualization of children, and it’s not powerful enough to incorporate ideas about race and gender that ordinary Americans dismiss as racist. or too far to the left. . And as he takes on a popular governor unafraid of such confrontations, he’s about to find his influence may be running out. The GOP could inflict severe financial damage on a company dependent on state acquiescence in a sweetheart deal it has long enjoyed.

This kind of reward has been a long time coming. But it will always shock the cultural left to learn that there are limits to its power and that there are things it cannot force Americans to swallow, no matter how hard it tries through its programming and advocacy. audience. The pop culture backlash is also upstream in politics, and this wave of revival anger could overwhelm not just Disney but its Democratic Party supporters this fall.

Jonathan S. Tobin is editor of JNS.org, a primary contributor to The Federalist and columnist for the New York Post. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.

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