Author Argues Disney Currently Facing Turmoil Due to “Wokeness”

What does Disney being woke mean?

Critics have taken their shot at Disney once again. The Mouse House has recently come under fire for many of its decisions—be that the retheming of Splash Mountain or even their recent Women’s History Month celebration—and critics are taking note. While the reasons for this are highly debated, many have argued constantly that this “downfall” of Disney has come about because of their pandering to “woke audiences.” Recently, we reported that one columnist believed that the company would see its end soon. Now, yet another author shared that the Disney wokeness is putting the company in “turmoil.”

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Disney characters Mickey Mouse and friends in front of Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom Park/Courtesy of Disney

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Disney and its alleged “wokeness” are certainly not new topics of debate. Whether from the need to retheme what some consider an attraction with racist origins or for Disney speaking out against the Don’t Say Gay bill, officially called the Parental Rights in Education Act.

But now, one author—Jennifer Sey—shared on Fox Nation’s The Death of Hollywood that she believes the company is in trouble and that this “turmoil” is why Bob Chapek was ousted from his position in November 2022 of last year.

Former Disney CEO Bob Iger and new Disney CEO Bob Chapek

Former Disney CEO Bob Chapek and current Disney CEO Bob Iger/Courtesy of Disney

These comments from Sey come on the failure of two of Disney’s biggest “woke” flicks at the box office: Lightyear and Strange World.

In the case of Strange World, the feature had a $180 million budget but only brought in $24 million in turn, (despite opening during the Thanksgiving holiday week), according to Variety; Pixar’s Lightyear also failed to meet expectations, barely breaking even at the box office, despite an incredible cast.

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Tree of Life, Disney’s Animal Kingdom/Courtesy of Disney

Sey added about the company, “Their stock is down 40% on the year, and he’s more concerned with fighting with a very popular governor than actually improving the product and improving the business.”

Of course, Disney executives wholly disagree with this narrative, constantly reiterating that they’re listening to fans and iterating their products to give Disney fans the best experience they can.

While the future of the Mouse House is up in the air—a future that Disney CEO Bob Iger is working hard to ensure lasts another 100 years—how the company’s current decisions will impact its future remains to be seen.

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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