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Leftist-think: Disney Exec Blames Massive Box-Office Bombs on Bigoted Fans

Gee, let’s play the “ism” card to deflect from our own failures! Yep, that’s the ticket!

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Leftist-think: Disney Exec Blames Massive Box-Office Bombs on Bigoted Fans
This one pisses me off. Disney’s choice to play identity politics with an increasing number of its brands isn’t the problem — the fact that Disney’s audience won’t accept those politics is the problem.

There are many factors one could reasonably surmise contributed to Disney’s recent box office failures.

For one, the “not-so-secret-gay-agenda” being pushed by the once-family-friendly company. Pushing quantity over quality would be another contributor that even Disney’s CEO admitted is a problem. Betting it all on bloated-budget blockbusters that have to bring in $1 billion to be a success is another likely contributor.

One Disney executive reportedly thinks that the real issue is none of the above.

In that executive’s alleged opinion, Disney’s failures are the fault of racist and sexist fans.

Yes, you read that right. The report comes from Hollywood journalist Matthew Belloni, whose newsletter boasts an incredibly 15,000 paid and 35,000 unpaid subscribers.

Per Vulture, that newsletter, Puck, is praised across the news and Hollywood industries, so when Belloni mentions an anonymous source, it’s a relatively safe bet his sourcing is solid.

In response to the Feb. 15 installment of Puck, which elaborated on how the politicization of Disney’s brand has been bad for business, Belloni claims a Disney executive reached out to comment.

The Bullwark culture editor Sonny Bunch shared the executive’s comments on X on Feb. 19.

In that anonymous executive’s opinion, Disney’s choice to play identity politics with an increasing number of its brands isn’t the problem — the fact that Disney’s audience won’t accept those politics is.

“Everyone says ‘It’s the movies, stupid,’ which is an easy thing for people to say. More appealing movies are a great way to jump the political issues. But more and more, our audience (or the segment of the audience that has been politicized) equates the perceived messaging in a film as a quality issue,” the executive reportedly said.

“They won’t say they find female empowerment distasteful in The Marvels or Star Wars, but they will say they don’t like those movies because they are ‘bad.’”

“So ‘make better movies’ becomes code for ‘make movies that conform to regressive gender stereotypes or put men front and center in the narrative.’ Which is what you’re seeing now, and what Bob [Iger]’s pivot is about right now.”

Disaffected fans of franchises that have seen their popularity tank since Disney overtook them (e.g., Marvel and Star Wars) responded in droves on social media to the reported statement.

“Typical victim mentality. Its not us its you,” one X user posted.

The failure is due to the wrong person hired to do the job. Which is to make a quality movie. The script for sure has been going down hill,” another wrote.

“Disney’s head is so far in the sand that they call their consumers *bigoted* for not buying their woke products. A major shake up at the top is needed to restore the excellence that Walt Disney himself created,” another user wrote.

In the interest of transparency, I liked the last couple of Marvel “flops.” My main gripe has been they were trying too hard to set up upcoming movies. Sure, Secret Invasion was far from the source material and opened some gaping plot holes. The Eternals had too many character introductions all at once; then they killed off two of the biggest ones. There were aspects of others that I didn’t care for either. OTOH, I quit watching the STAR WARS trilogy after they killed off Han Solo so casually and again ignored Chewie. I just didn’t like the way the stories were going. That’s just my personal preference. However, I can agree that the MCU has fallen on its quality face several times.

Echo could have been better; limiting it to only eight episodes made it far less effective than it should have been. If you’re going to show some Native American heritage, then for god’s sake, give it enough room to breathe — rather than having it seem like a confusing set of footnotes.

SheHulk was always supposed to be a comedy. In the comics, SheHulk always broke the fourth wall and even talked back to the writer directly, so those complaints seem whiny to me.


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