For nearly ten decades, Disney has maintained a well-deserved reputation as the world’s premier provider of quality, family entertainment, progressively building itself into a massive empire of media and amusement in the process. From old classics to recent breakout successes, such as Encanto, Walt Disney Entertainment has all but monopolized the genre of children’s movies and its theme parks, popular destinations for families, are the most visited in the world.

Disney is a household name and its products have found their way into nearly every home in the country. Globally–but especially in America–there are very few families who can boast of being untouched by Disney.

Over the past month or so, however, the international corporation has made several controversial decisions causing families to question the company’s trustworthiness in producing content that is safe for young kids.

For those who’ve missed it, I’ll break down some of the recent developments that have longtime fans so outraged.

First, Turning Red. Pixar’s most recent animated film about a 13-year-old girl who transforms into a giant red panda whenever she feels any strong emotion was met with rave reviews from critics who gave the film a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite receiving generally positive reviews from most audiences, however, many parents found some of the themes and topics discussed in the film–particularly concerning teenage rebellion and puberty–to be offensive.

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I personally found Turning Red to be exhausting. Too conflicted between my desire to be entertained (the only reason I even watched the movie in the first place) and my objections to the messages being thrown at me, I found myself utterly unable to enjoy the film.

Ultimately, it left me reminiscing of the days when I could watch most any Disney movie and just be entertained–without worrying about the “lessons” the company might cram down my throat.

Unfortunately, this trend away from unadulterated entertainment seems to be accelerating as the Walt Disney Company has taken a sudden and unwelcome foray into the world of politics.

During debates over Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, deceptively nicknamed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by opponents, Disney CEO Bob Chapek originally distanced himself from the controversy, wisely refusing to involve his family-oriented company in a political dispute regarding whether or not young children ought to be exposed to controversial sexual topics in school. But after a minimal amount of internal backlash, Disney altered its course, overcorrected and announced full-fledged opposition to the parental rights legislation. 

Then, to compensate for its “grave mistake” of initial uninvolvement, the company announced that it had introduced a same-sex kiss in the upcoming film Lightyear (an animated children’s movie) and that it intends for at least 50% of all of its future characters to be “LGBTQIA and racial minorities.”

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Later, Disney’s corporate president Karey Burke spoke of her desire to have “many, many, many LGBTQIA characters in our stories,” while an executive boasted of the company’s “not-at-all-secret gay agenda.”

Additionally, according to one report, Disney is also planning to actively support sex change surgeries on children in Texas.

For a company whose primary concern should be entertaining children and families with wholesome content, Disney’s fast-track dive into leftist politics is concerning, to say the least. In less than a month, the multi-billion dollar corporation evolved from a company that temporarily abstained from involvement in Florida’s parental rights debate to one that actively seeks out ways to support political causes–particularly ones that pit them against parents.

Of course, Disney has been straying from its roots in family-friendly entertainment for years, but only recently has it pulled back the curtain on just how alienated from parents the company has become.

From families who have completely boycotted the company to those who are just beginning to lose their trust in it, there is a massive anti-Disney movement stirring in the country and it is interesting to see just how it will play out. Disney may seem like an unstoppable force in our world, but how much will they get away with? That is up to you and I to decide.

Jakob Fay is a former intern and current SIA Coordinator for the Convention of States Project, a project of Citizens for Self-Governance.