Walt Disney vs. LA Times

Walt Disney vs. LA Times

On Sept. 24, The Los Angeles Times published an investigation by Daniel Miller concerning Walt Disney's financial relationship with the city of Anaheim, and the subsidies and tax breaks its theme parks there have received. There were two other articles that followed on Sept. 26, one which detailed how citizens and politicians are starting to take issue with what they say is a one-sided relationship between the Disneyland parks and the city in which they are located.

The articles are thorough, detailed, and paint a picture of Walt Disney as not that different (from this non-expert's perspective) from the various NFL team owners that often get cities to subsidize new stadiums in exchange for not leaving town and then keep most of the riches. Whether or not these pieces are 100% fair or accurate, I will admit that I never would have read them had the Mouse House not retaliated against The LA Times as a result of their publication. On this past Friday, The LA Times reported in its holiday movie preview articles that its writers and critics were refused admittance to press screenings of Thor: Ragnarok as punishment for those two above-noted articles from the previous month.

This news swept through the media circles like wildfire and now various publications (and individual critics) are boycotting advance screenings and/or overall coverage of Walt Disney films and television shows until the ban is lifted against the LA paper. Four of the more prominent critics groups are now removing Disney's 2017 slate from awards consideration until the ban is lifted. Heck, director Ava DuVernay is joining in support, which will make things tricky if the ban isn't lifted by the time her own A Wrinkle in Time debuts in March of next year.

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