Written by Virginia Kruta, columnist at The Daily Wire
It’s over. It’s not me, it’s you.
I’ve been faithful. From the time I was a little girl in a very low-tech household, I waited patiently every Sunday for “The Wonderful World of Disney.” I watched great, classic stories come to life — from “The Swiss Family Robinson” to Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”
For years, we went to see a movie as a family every Christmas — and it was always whichever Disney movie had just come out for the holidays because it was certain to be appropriate for even my youngest sister, who is six years younger than I am.
When I had children of my own, Disney came through yet again. My son — now 19 — had to have surgery the summer after his first birthday. For several weeks after he came home from the hospital, he required antibiotic infusions that took an hour and required him to hold still. He sat quietly, three times a day for three weeks, playing with Cheerios on his high chair tray and happily watching “Lilo and Stitch.”
When he got older — and as his sisters came along — he learned about animals by watching “Stanley.” He learned the value of friendship and limitless imagination with “Phineas and Ferb.” My girls gravitated toward the quirky — but always loving — the family dynamic of “Wizards of Waverly Place.” My youngest explored magical worlds with “Sofia the First.”
Through it all, I knew that Disney was beginning to embrace and promote some content that didn’t necessarily align with my values — but because it was just one channel among many in our cable package and I kept a reasonably close eye on which shows my kids were watching, I let it slide.
And then came Disney+, and we had to make a decision. And because we have a house full of Star Wars and Marvel fans — and kids young enough to still enjoy the newest animated features — we stuck with it.
You have taken our faithfulness and rewarded it — but not with the promise that you will continue to provide clever and creative content that will encourage our kids to learn and grow. Rather, you have promised to use that content to alter their perceptions and worldviews around the new values that you have chosen.
It would be one thing if you had just caved to the demands of the woke mob — altered your values in an effort aimed at self-preservation. But that’s not what happened. You became the woke mob, and you came for my kids — and that is a bridge too far.