Disney’s Alleged Human Rights Concerns are Contingent on Where They Occur

by Elad Hakim

If you want to work at Disney, you better forget everything you once knew about gender.


Disneyland and Disney World are removing “gender greetings” from their parks. As a result, phrases like “boys and girls” or “ladies and gentlemen” will no longer be utilized to greet people at the park or make announcements through the park’s public address system.

Can you believe that someone would have the audacity to refer to another person that way? Talk about chutzpah!

According to Vivian Ware, Disney’s diversity and inclusion manager:

“So we no longer say ‘ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.’ We’ve provided trainings for all of our cast members and in relationship to that so now they know it’s, ‘hello everyone’ or ‘hello friends.'”

“We want to create that magical moment with our cast members, with our guests. And we don’t want to just assume because who someone might be in our interpretation, maybe presenting as female that they may not want to be ‘princess.'”

The fact that Disney would resort to this policy is not surprising, yet it is highly hypocritical. Just recently, the company issued a statement opposing HB 1557, Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, which Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law several days ago.

While some on the left have improperly dubbed this bill as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, such language is not even included in the bill itself. Despite this, Disney faced pressure to respond and even faced walkouts by workers and criticism by company employees.

In a statement, the company noted, “We are dedicated to standing up for the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family, as well as the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country.”

Does Disney expect everyone to believe that the company is the pillar of nobility, diversity, and inclusion? That it fights to preserve human dignity and strongly condemns human rights violations? If this is the case, why did Disney film scenes from the movie “Mulan” in China’s Xinjiang province, where there were widespread claims that human rights abuses were being carried out on the Uyghur people by the Chinese Communist party?

According to the Washington Examiner, the film provoked additional backlash in the credits where Disney reportedly “thanked Chinese government groups that were involved in concentration camps in Xinjiang.”

DeSantis is well-aware of the relationship between companies like Disney and China. In December, he stated, “If you look at how these major companies behave when faced with Chinese disapproval, they censor what the CCP tells them to censor and we see groveling apologies.”

DeSantis raises a legitimate point. Perhaps money has something to do with it? After all, as recently reported by the Washington Examiner, Shanghai Disneyland Park brings in roughly $1 billion in revenue.

Mr. Hakim is an attorney and columnist. His articles have been published in The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, American Thinker, and other online publications. He is also a regular guest on OANN’s Tipping Point, and has appeared on Newsmax, The Dave Weinbaum Show, and Real America’s Voice. 

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