Group Plans to Show Disney Stockholders 'Gay Day' Video

July 7, 2008 - 8:03 PM

( - Walt Disney Co. shareholders this week will get the chance to watch a video of last year's "Gay Day" at Disney World in Florida, which contains "utter perversion, debauchery and outlandish behavior," according to the Christian activist group planning to distribute the video.

The Christian Action Network (CAN) will make the video available at the Tuesday's Disney shareholders meeting in Hartford, Conn.

The video, produced by the Christian Action Network from last year's Gay Day, contains footage of "homosexual kissing, hugging, fondling, and even relates the incredible story of X-rated movies playing on a Disney cruise line bus," according to the Christian group's press release.

Martin Mawyer, president of CAN, stated that he wants the shareholders to witness the behavior that occurs each year at Disney World.

CAN spokesman Phillip Vaught added that Disney's image as a family-friendly resort is tarnished each year when it hosts Gay Day.

"It's a problem because [Disney] bills themselves as a family retreat," Vaught said. "A lot of people save up a lot of money to go down there and are pretty shocked when they go during [Gay Day] to see what happens."

The Walt Disney Co. did not return phone calls requesting an interview.

Doug Swallow, the founder of Gay Day, said when the event began in 1991, it caused a lot of controversy; but the controversy has since died down.

"They have tried this so many times, that it is a dead horse issue as far as Disney is concerned," Swallow said. "No one else cares, but evidently they do."

Swallow said he thinks the video produced by the Christian Action Network should be shown because there is nothing in it that should be deemed offensive.

"I really think they ought to show it, and if a shareholder wants to watch it, let them watch it. It doesn't matter," Swallow said. "There is nothing that goes on in the park that anyone can object to, and as a shareholder, the fact that people spent money while they were there is more important than any other issue."

Gay Day is scheduled for June 1 this year.

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