IN SUSPICION OF ALL OF THE CULTURAL IMPLICATIONS OF DISNEY'S AMERICA
WWWD: What Would Walt Do?
Managing to rise, like a phoenix from the ashes, from my life as a child with absolutely zero nostalgia or emotional attachment to all things Disney, I have instead found myself deeply suspicious of the American and youth-exploitative empire.
It probably started when I was a teenager in the early 90s, and I heard about the Disney Company's plans to purchase land just a few miles outside of the Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia. They wanted to install a new theme park, blasphemously called, "Disney's America." In the process, their plans for outlying hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, etc, would have corroded the pivotal American landmark that was the backdrop for the Battle of Bull Run pts.1 and 2, featuring all-star Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.
And now, Disney World Resorts has announced that, along with the help of Gloria Estefan and of course the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCIS), they will host the naturalization of 1,000 new American "dreamers" on Independence Day, at Cinderella Castle no less. I guess the "It's a Small World" ride was fully booked that day.
Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort, said,"And what better place than Disney World, where dreams come true every day of the year. We are honored to participate as America bestows its greatest gift – the gift of citizenship."
Yeah Meg, you and your fatcat Disney execs are true humanitarians. I'm sure the fact that your associates over on the west coast are desperate to staff "Disney on Ice" has nothing to do with it.
Perhaps, by some outward appearances, it would seem that the Disney Co is simply celebrating the idea of immigration. To some bizarrely-interpreted capacity this could be said to be a positive. However, I find it incredibly suspicious that a children's entertainment empire like that of Disney, with such an insatiable stranglehold on American popular culture, would team up with government agencies to clandestinely cloak a politically-motivated initiative with the guise of theme parks and entertainment.
And what of their lord and personal savior Walt Disney? WWWD? Not so sure the Communist fearmongerer with mild Nazi-sympathizing tendencies would be all too thrilled.
Masha Gessen is the author of *The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia*, which will be published in October. In the July issue of Har...
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