Christians in America are angry at Disney for selling a new gay (“Pride Collection”) clothing line for children.
In an opinion piece published by The Daily Citizen, Zachary Mettler, staff writer and communications liaison for the Christian organization Focus on the Family contended that Disney is “targeting” children with an LGBT agenda.
Mettler told The Christian Post: “The new clothing line is just a part of Disney’s continued push to promote sexual confusion in children. Children weren’t designed to carry the weight of adult sexuality”.
He further suggested that Disney is trying to plant the idea into children’s heads that same-sex couples marrying is morally the same as a marriage between a man and a woman. He said the family entertainment company is attempting to teach children that gender is malleable, something he envisions will “confuse” and negatively impact them when they become young adults.
Mettler believes Disney has become more vocal about its stance on LGBT issues than in previous years. Mettler also advised parents to guide their children’s media consumption: “I think parents especially need to be aware of the content that their children are consuming and, ideally, will proactively discuss these issues with them. Particularly topics on sexuality and gender identity, so that their children know how to navigate the content that these organizations promote”.
The family entertainment company launched the new fashion line on Monday, featuring merchandise such as sweaters, T-shirts, baby clothes, and other items, all bearing the rainbow pride flag that symbolizes the LGBT movement.
Many of the products also include LGBT-themed images of iconic Disney character Mickey Mouse and the company’s Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar franchises. The company is selling the items through its “shopDisney” online store, Disney retail shops, and theme parks.
“The Disney Pride Collection was created by LGBTQIA+ employees and allies at The Walt Disney Company and is a reflection of their incredible contributions and place at the heart of the company,” the corporation wrote in a statement announcing the clothing line. “We stand in solidarity with our LGBTQIA+ community everywhere”.
The Walt Disney Company, one of the world’s biggest media and entertainment empires, prides itself on a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) friendly culture. But today its reputation for inclusivity and tolerance is under scrutiny.
Recently, Disney’s workers have been staging walkouts in protest at chief executive Bob Chapek’s poor response to Florida legislation dubbed “don’t say gay”. The controversial bill bars instruction on “sexual orientation or gender identity” in schools from kindergarten through grade 3.
Republicans promoting the bill claim that parents rather than teachers should be talking to their children about gender issues during their early formative years
The collection’s launch comes two weeks before the start of so-called pride month, which LGBT activists recognize each June.
In its announcement of the clothing line, Disney pledged to donate the entirety of the collection’s proceed’s now through June 30 to various LGBT activist organizations, including Ali Forney Center, GLSEN, LGBTQ Center OC, Los Angeles LGBT Center, PFLAG National, SF LGBT Center, The Trevor Project, and the Zebra Coalition.
According to Fox Business, the corporation has produced pride-themed clothing for children every year since 2018 but previously donated only a small percentage of the profits. This year, the company also renamed the fashion line from Rainbow Disney Collection to the Disney Pride Collection.
On March 11, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek apologized to employees via a letter for not taking a firmer stance against Florida bill HB 1557. The law prohibits sexual orientation and gender identity instruction for students in kindergarten through third grade and requires schools to notify parents about their child’s healthcare services on campus.
Disney initially remained neutral about the legislation that critics derided as a “Don’t Say Gay” bill, changing its stance after criticism from LGBT employees and supporters. The company condemned the bill in a March 28 statement, declaring that it “should never have passed and should never have been signed into law.”