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May 7, 2010

Why won't Disney protect our children?

So the One Million Moms are protesting Gay Day at Walt Disney World in their most recent action alert.

Of course, it's only been going on for twenty years now and conservatives have been protesting it from the start, so well, the OMM is just a big disappointment on this one. Boring! Where's the alert about the sacrilegious and vulgar Lady Gaga's performance on American Idol?

And the alert itself is just ridiculous...
Why won't Disney protect our children?

Dear %%firstname%%,
I swear to god, it really says "Dear %%firstname%%". (It's the little personal touches that really mean the most, OMM.)
As soon as school lets out at the end of May, many families will plan to take their family vacation right away. Tens of thousands will make reservations in Orlando, FL for the first weekend in June.
Okay, maybe this is a minor point... but school only lets out at that time in certain parts of the country. And I don't remember ever knowing any families that immediately rushed to go on vacation the absolute second that school was over. I'm sure that some schools will be on summer break already on that day and I'm sure some families do go on vacation right away... but they make it sound like the evil, calculating gays picked that date on purpose because it's THE designated week for every child in America to be at Disney World. (Also, if you do any research on the best and worst times to travel to Disney, parents are always warned not to go at the beginning of the summer because of crowds.)
Beware! Not everyone there will be excited, innocent children anticipating a fun weekend at Disney World. The first Saturday in June, homosexuals will be at the Magic Kingdom with an agenda and purpose other than what would be expected at Disney.
No, there will also be excited, innocent adults anticipating a fun weekend at Disney World. What exactly is this other ulterior agenda and purpose? Don't homosexuals go to the Magic Kingdom for the same reason that heterosexuals do? To enjoy Disney World. Maybe they just want to celebrate at the happiest place on earth. No, apparently not. They're there to spread the gay agenda!
Homosexuals will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Gay Day wearing matching Gay Day merchandise, such as T-shirts. There will also be transvestites dressed in drag showing their support for the event. This event is planned with the intent to expose and desensitize children to this lifestyle by same-sex couples holding hands, hugging and kissing. In short, a Gay Day participant's main goal is to be seen versus seeing Disney World.
OMG Holy crap! Not matching T-shirts! Now, I'm sorry... but where the hell did they come up with the idea that the event was planned with the intent to expose and desensitize children to this lifestyle? Yes, there will probably be kids at Disney, but since when is Disney only for kids? (Disney prides themselves on having something for everyone at any age. They even have Disney weddings.)

And while I do not for one second believe that the intent of Gay Day is to "expose and desensitize children" to homosexuality... it's true that any children who are at the park on June 1 may be exposed to it. Just like they could theoretically be exposed to it on any-single-day-of-the-year. You know why? Because it is a fact of life that gay people exist and gay people have a tendency to, you know, walk around in public sometimes, even at Disney World. (Crazy, I know.) Even if you insist on teaching your kids that it's wrong to be gay (please don't) it's at least going to require some acknowledgment that homosexuality exists.
But what exactly are these poor kids really going to be exposed to? Same-sex couples holding hands, hugging and kissing. They make it seem as though they are going to be forced to watch hardcore gay porn. You can debate what level of public displays of affection are appropriate at Disney World, but straight couples are allowed to hold hands, hug, and kiss so there's no reason that gay people can't do the same. (Why won't Disney protect our children from being exposed to the heterosexual lifestyle!!?)

And here's a shocking revelation... heterosexual people aren't the only people who have families! Gay people have kids too! I bet some of them might even be bringing their kids to Gay Day. So who gets to decide what is appropriate or "family-friendly"? If letting your kids see gay people is sooooo horrifying to you, then here's a suggestion - don't take your kids out in public ever. Because gay people are everywhere! You might even know one and not even realize it!

If you really want to avoid "exposing" your children to that "lifestyle" then don't go to Disney World, where bigots and gay people are allowed to walk amongst each other. Go to Holy Land Experience or another Christian theme park where you can be sure that your version of "family friendly" won't include gay couples (although apparently it may include a bloody crucifixion performance, fun!) If you want to take your kids out into the real world then you're going to just have to fucking deal with same same-sex hand holding once in a while.
Exactly one month from today on June 5 unsuspecting families will witness a well-orchestrated event that Disney says they have no control over. Disney has taken no action to stop this which leaves families stunned and offended. So instead of a normal day at this popular theme park, parents will be angry at the harm this causes families.
Now really, how many families are still "unsuspecting" at this point? It's been going on for twenty years now and every year the right wing makes a bigger deal out of it and the event gets more and more press. But that's besides the point... what exactly do they think Disney can actually do about this? The reason they don't do anything about it is because they really can't do anything about it. Legally they cannot stop a group of paying customers from patronizing the park, even if they are gay, even if they are wearing matching T-shirts.
Disney requires special events like Grad Night and Night of Joy (Christian event) to be held after regular operating hours to avoid having a large group of like-minded people in the park at the same time with regular patrons who expect a normal day at the Magic Kingdom. Why would Gay Day be any different? Why does it get special treatment? Disney has been irresponsible for far too long.
Gay Day doesn't get special treatment. Gay Day is an unofficial event that is organized by private groups, not by Disney. If anything you could say that Grad Nite and Night of Joy are the events that get "special treatment" because they're the events that the park actually cares about and promotes.

Disney Grad Nite and Night of Joy are both organized by Disney. Night of Joy is an annual contemporary Christian music festival and it organized in part by Disney.  It's a conert series, which requires tickets (which are sold straight through the Disney website here). Grad Nite is an exclusive event for graduating high school senior classes and is also organized by Disney (here). Both of these events are very different than a group of homosexual people deciding independently (i.e., without Disney's approval or input) to meet at the park on the same day. That's really how the original Gay Day began and it has just grown in size over the past twenty years. The only way for Disney to "require" that Gay Day be held after regular operating hours is for Disney to join forces with Gay Day organizers and officially park-sanction the event.

So basically, by comparing Gay Day to Grad Nite or Night of Joy... what the OMM are really asking Disney to do is to support Gay Day!

Please click on the following link to send your email to Disney's CEO and other Disney officials urging the park to hold Gay Day after regular operating hours. Disney should also monitor this day and event to require proper conduct, public displays of affection and dress code. This should always be policed, but especially if Gay Day is not held after hours.
Yes. Disney should monitor and require proper conduct, public displays of affection and dress code at the park... EVERY DAY. Because there are plenty of ways to behave inappropriately around children at Disney that have nothing to do with being gay. (Hm, a little gay hand holding doesn't seem so bad right now.)


Anonymous said...

I love that they specifically state 'hugging' in their LIST! OF! DEPRAVED! ACTS! that gay people will be doing. What kid hasn't seen two people of the same sex hug?

I wish that this group would get together with National Organization for Marriage and go OMM NOM NOM NOM a bowl of dicks.

Marika said...

I'm wondering what actions they want--or expect--Disney to take to stop this from happening.

Anonymous said...

The best part of the complaint is that they obviously assume that parents/children won't be 'subjected' to gay public displays of affection if a trip is taken to the parks any other time of year. I've been very happy to see several gay couples being openly affectionate at different Disney parks.