A self-described “Christian Republican” has been mocked on social media for criticizing Disney World for claiming the theme park is too “woken up”.
Jonathan VanBoskerck, of Las Vegas, Nevada, published an editorial in Orlando’s Sentinel Friday, explaining why his family is “strongly rethinking our commitment to Disney.”
Mr. VanBoskerck explained that he and his family go on vacation to Disney World every year, but said that “the more Disney deviates from Walt Disney’s values and vision, the less Disney World means to me.
“Disney is forgetting that guest immersion is at the heart of its business model. When I’m in Galaxy’s Edge or Fantasyland, I know I’m in a theme park, but through immersion and my willingness to put the real world aside, something magical happens. “
He added: “That spell breaks when the immersive experience is destroyed by the real world. And boy, Disney broke the dive. “
Mr. VanBoskerck, who describes himself as “a conservative Christian and Republican,” went on to state in the editorial that “Walt Disney used his company to express his patriotism during World War II and his pro-capitalist beliefs. afterwards.
“The difference today is that the people who run Disney use social media to shout to the world that a decision was made for political reasons.”
He continued: “Disney is taking the awake scalpel to the jungle cruise. Trader Sam is out because he might offend some people, “and added,” Immersion shouldn’t be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and appease the Twitter mafia. “
Mr. VanBoskerck also targeted Disney by allowing cast members to “display tattoos, wear inclusive uniforms, and display inclusive haircuts. Disney did all of this to allow the cast members to express themselves. “
The editorial caused a stir after it was published Friday morning, with hundreds of social media users mocking VanBoskerck for claiming that Disney has become too “awake”.
Twitter user @MorazonInc replied to the Sentinel’s post: “Doesn’t anyone please consider the delicate sensibility of a middle-aged white man when designing theme parks for kids?”
User @raaleh wrote, “I’m sorry the children’s cartoon park is too soft for you,” as @sairasameerarao reflected: “What is an inclusive” haircut? “
While actress Patricia Arquette replied, “This guy is taking the Christ out of Christian. If you don’t understand why racist images aren’t acceptable, “and @lisasaurstomp added,” I’ve had so much second-hand embarrassment reading this. “
One problem Mr. VanBoskerck faced with Disney World is the park getting rid of his Trader Sam character from the jungle cruise ride.
The Trader Sam character cartoon, which was added to the merry-go-round in 1957, features a man dressed in tribal straw robes who will mistake “two of his heads for one of yours”.
The character was removed from the run by Disney World earlier this year as part of planned cultural sensibility changes following allegations that many of their attractions featured racist characters.
“As part of the changes we announced earlier, we are addressing the negative representations of natives in attraction,” said Susana Tubert, Walt Disney imaginator. Attractions magazine on the decision.
He added: “We can’t wait to share more on the improved storyline ending and final scene very soon.”
The Jungle Cruise ride is not the first in a Disney park to have undergone a makeover following considerations of cultural insensitivity and racism.
Last June, Disney confirmed it would change the theme of the Splash Mountain race after a petition called it “racist” and “problematic” due to its roots in the 1946 film. Southern song.
The film had long been seen as one of Disney’s most controversial films due to its stereotypical depictions of blacks and its pre-Civil War Southern romance.
While in 2018, the company confirmed that it had updated the “bride auction” scene of the Pirates of the Caribbean race in Orlando, Florida following complaints.