Sunday, July 03, 2005

Disney/ABC's hypocrisy offensive to many Native Americans and African-Americans

Disney would not permit it’s Miramax subsidiary to release Michael Moore’s highly successful film “Fahrenheit 911” At the time Disney executives felt the film was too biased against President Bush. The entertainment giant also felt that film would damage
Disney’s family oriented image. How strange that Disney rejects Michael Moore but
wholeheartedly endorses Paul Harvey’s nostalgic endorsement of slavery and racism. Disney recently signed a 10-year, $100 million contract with the 86-year-old Harvey.
FAIR reports “Disney/ABC radio personality Paul Harvey, one of the most widely listened to commentators in the United States, presented his listeners on June 23 with an endorsement of genocide and racism that would have been right at home on a white supremacist shortwave broadcast.” During this June 23 broadcast Harvey said “We didn't come this far because we're made of sugar candy. Once upon a time, we elbowed our way onto and across this continent by giving smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans. That was biological warfare. And we used every other weapon we could get our hands on to grab this land from whomever."And we grew prosperous. And yes, we greased the skids with the sweat of slaves. So it goes with most great nation-states, which--feeling guilty about their savage pasts--eventually civilize themselves out of business and wind up invaded and ultimately dominated by the lean, hungry up-and-coming who are not made of sugar candy."
This doesn’t sound like family-friendly entertainment. It is more like an endorsement
of racial intolerance and arrogance. I am encouraging all peace loving people to acknowledge this blatant double standard and request an explanation of Disney. It is not as if someone had taken Harvey’s words out of context or deliberately altered his words. It is precisely the latent tolerance and or acceptance of this bigotry that is responsible forthe deteriorating image of our country in the world today. A Disney executive told the New York Times (5/5/04) that it was declining to distribute the film because, in the paper's words, "Disney caters to families of all political stripes and believes Mr. Moore's film...could alienate many." I find this to be grossly inaccurate, especially "all political stripes" ABC/Disney is giving the public a steady consistent diet of right-wing philosophy. This is the company that brings us John Stoessel, who on more than one occasion has had viewers complain about his distortion of facts. Conservative talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity(heard on Disney/ABC radio stations) espouse only right wing ideology, the former even puts words into the mouths of people he disagrees with by dubbing in his voice over theirs on film. Mr. Limbaugh doesn't permit anyone on his show who has an opinion different from his. This is not family friendly entertainment; it's an education in intolerence. I believe the time has come for Disney/ABC to give the public an explanation for this blatant hypocrisy. CONTACT:ABC Radio Networks John.E.McConnell@abc.comabcradio@abc.comPhone: 212-456-5387 Paul HarveyIrma.N.Aviles@abc.comPhone: (312) 889-4085 Disney CorporationPhone: 818-560-1000

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