Animated Disney movies should focus on entertaining children and stop trying to preach leftist gender ideologies to them, Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell says in an online debate published in The Rift on Wednesday.
The Rift published the opposing responses by MRC’s Bozell and OutRight Action International Executive Director Jessica Stern to the following question:
“Should there be more LGBT characters in Disney animation films?”
Stern argues that Disney should have more homosexual characters and wield “the educational power of animated films” to promote the gay lifestyle and “inspire LGBTQ youth to follow their dreams.”
“Representing LGBTIQ people in popular culture normalizes queer identities” and, if Disney increases their presence in its animated films, “Acceptance of LGBTIQ people will grow immeasurably!” she says.
But, that shouldn’t be the goal of animated Disney movies for kids, Bozell writes. And, not only shouldn’t Disney have more gay characters in these films, it shouldn’t have any. “Why in the world must children be subjected to this?” Bozell asks. Instead, Disney should simply allow children to be children, he writes:
“There should not be more homosexual characters in animated Disney movies and there should not be fewer. There should be none.”
“Why in the world must children be subjected to this? Why can’t they be allowed to be… children? In fact, why should adults be subjected to this?”
“None of this has anything to do with entertaining kids and everything to do with indoctrinating them into leftwing ideology. Adding more LGBT characters to Disney movies just moves the company further from its purpose.”
Disney’s animated films should should not subject young viewers to LGBTQ characters out of “concern for most parents who find this propagation objectionable for their children,” Bozell says.