Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Magic Kingdom That Was

 

Disneyland has laid off 28,000 employees. The park has been closed for several months since the COVID pandemic hit. The executives at Disney had hoped to open the park, which includes the adjacent California Adventure, in September. It was not to be. As a result, Disney is losing billions of dollars in revenue from ticket receipts, hotel bookings, restaurant business, and merchandise sold in the parks and in the Downtown Disney area. Even though parts of Downtown Disney, which includes retail stores, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs have been partially opened and doing a fraction of the business that they do when the parks are open, it is likely that many of them will have to close unless the parks are able to open.

But to date, there is no word from the villain in this story, Governor Gavin Newsom, on when Disneyland or California Adventure will be allowed to open despite Disney’s appeals that it can open the park and attractions with new social distancing and other COVID mitigation protocols. The governor’s edict that Disneyland remain closed also effects nearby Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park and all the ancillary businesses – hotels, restaurants, bars, and retail venues throughout the greater Anaheim area that thrive on the traffic that these amusement parks generate on a year-round basis. So, the Disneyland layoffs may pale in comparison to the other layoffs that have occurred and will continue to occur as these other Disney-reliant businesses struggle to stay open.

In addition to the greater Southern California market that frequents Disneyland, including thousands of annual pass holders, the park has been a tourist draw for Southern California since it opened in 1955. So, families from out-of-state and from other countries that planned summer vacations not only spent some time in the park but ventured to other sites and attractions in Southern California, helping to boost revenue beyond Orange County.

Unfortunately, despite the dwindling number of COVID deaths in the country, Americans have been taught since February of this year never to assume any risk. A constant barrage of messaging on television and social media has elevated fear and panic and created situations where frustrated and cooped up people snap at each other for any minor infraction of the dubious scientifically-based guidelines that enable large shopping venues like Walmart and Costco to operate but not churches or smaller retail venues.

Anaheim, in the summer, can get oppressively hot and even though venues like Disneyland can get quite crowded, it remains to be seen how social distancing outside while waiting to go on a socially-distanced ride in 90- or 100-degree weather is somehow riskier than sitting in the stuffy, stifling fuselage of a passenger jet crammed in amongst a full-flight of other human beings. It needs to be said, that the science on much of this is sketchy, often contradictory, and ever-changing depending on the so-called health expert or epidemiologist one listens to.

It’s been reported that the city of Anaheim has seen a dip in tax revenue of about $100 million to date which is now likely to grow. More hotels, restaurants, and other shops are likely to close in the greater Anaheim area, putting more of a strain on funding for unemployment insurance and possibly increasing the number of homeless in California, already a national disgrace before COVID reared its ugly head. The continued shutdown of California has already spurred a massive exodus out of the state further diminishing the state’s tax base to pay for many of its boondoggle programs. So, remaining California residents are likely to be taxed more to make up the difference.

Gavin Newsom has only been governor since January of 2019 and has three more years to continue to run California into the ground…unless a recall effort is successful. In the meantime, look for more folks leaving the state, more layoffs and unemployment, more homeless encampments, higher gas prices, more suicides, divorces, and general depression.

Conservatives, like myself, often refer to our home state as The People’s Republic of California, little did we know that it could so quickly transform into something resembling a Soviet client state. Now, all we need are show trials. Of course, that may come if Kamala Harris quickly becomes President, and someone has the audacity to criticize the “scientific consensus” on medicine, the Climate Catastrophe, or the obvious benefit of Critical Race Theory and soon finds themselves in a re-education camp. Maybe they’ll use Disneyland for that since Disney was already going down this path.

Yes, there is much to criticize the Walt Disney Company for in its embrace of social justice wokeness across many fronts – from new transgender characters to its support of the slave-labor supported Chinese Communist regime. It’s certainly not the direction that Walt himself would have put up with were he alive today. Many of those executives pushing for these social justice and woke initiatives would have been thrown out on their collectivist ears. So, there are many of you who justifiably won’t shed a tear for the company’s current troubles.

And yet, there is a part of me, probably the part of me that grew up with Disneyland – it is, after all, only a year older than me — that is sad. I’ve spent so much time wandering through Main Street, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, riding on the silly jungle cruise or the roller coasters and where I enjoyed the music, the parades, and the fireworks when I was a child and then later with my own son when he was a toddler, then a teenager, and today an adult who still is really a child.

I’m also sad to see that so many Californians have turned into sheep. Sad to know that more layoffs and misery is in the offing. Sad to see what has happened to my state that in a sense was also a magic kingdom. It’s ironic that the forced closing of a Mickey Mouse operation could be yet another signal of the demise of a once-great state. Ah, well.

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  1. kedavis Member

    Of course, it’s really all Trump’s fault. Pay no attention to the Gavin Newsom behind the curtain!

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    • September 30, 2020, at 1:08 PM PDT
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  2. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    My family took annual trips to Disneyland, so this makes me a bit sad. Disney’s relationship with Communist China and support of the LGBT community over families makes this a little less sad.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 1:29 PM PDT
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  3. Randy Webster Member

    I feel sorry for those of you who live in the stupid states. The COVID virus has affected me very little. I put on a mask when I enter those stores which require it (I respect the rights of private property owners), but other than that, I’ve not been affected.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 1:33 PM PDT
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  4. Doctor Robert Member

    Just open it. Screw the governor. We need someone to show some spine in this, and Disney has the power and buckaroos to be that someone.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 1:39 PM PDT
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  5. Randy Webster Member

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    Just open it. Screw the governor. We need someone to show some spine in this, and Disney has the power and buckaroos to be that someone.

    Though I hate to see the misuse of the word buckaroos. It should only be used with the trailing word “Banzai.”

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    • September 30, 2020, at 1:41 PM PDT
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  6. Stad Thatcher

    The original Magic Kingdom. What a shame . . .

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    • September 30, 2020, at 1:50 PM PDT
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  7. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I was recently in discussion with a representative of a potential employer. After describing the responsibilities, the required skills, and the compensation, he let drop that the job was going to be in Northridge. This was shortly after Governor Gruesome announced his intention to tax the incomes of people who leave California. This concluded the negotiations.

    Not only are people leaving, fewer people will be entering. The bright side of that situation is that it should help with the power supply issues. So it’s not all bad news, Brian. California’s appeal is becoming more selective.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 1:56 PM PDT
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  8. Chris O. Coolidge
    Chris O.Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Brian Watt: In addition to the greater Southern California market that frequents Disneyland

    Last Fall we made a trip out to Oceanside and made it up to Disneyland. We planned on bringing our wallets back to Cali this year and probably several years to come. Florida gets our dollars instead.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 2:10 PM PDT
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  9. kedavis Member

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    I feel sorry for those of you who live in the stupid states. The COVID virus has affected me very little. I put on a mask when I enter those stores which require it (I respect the rights of private property owners), but other than that, I’ve not been affected.

    Pretty much the same for me. In some cases, I realize it’s not the local store people – managers, employees, etc – who dictate the policy, it’s coming from corporate HQ somewhere. And a lot of it might come from fear of being sued, whether sensibly or not. But either way, I avoid the places that require masks as much as possible. And I go to Pizza Hut because they let me come in to order. I don’t go to Domino’s because they require on-line ordering and “contactless” pick-up.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 2:30 PM PDT
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  10. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Do they still have the sign “The Happiest Place on Earth”?

    The 'Happiest Place on Earth' returns: Disneyland plans to reopen July 17, and Downtown Disney earlier | The Seattle Times

     

     

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    • September 30, 2020, at 2:36 PM PDT
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  11. The Cynthonian Member

    Ben Shapiro posted his farewell message today. So sad.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/benshapiro/2020/09/30/why-im-leaving-california-n2577179

    I lived in Southern CA for 25 years and still miss some things about it, especially the most-of-the-year mild weather. Given what the state has become, though, I’m glad we got out when we did.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 3:12 PM PDT
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  12. kedavis Member

    The Cynthonian (View Comment):

    Ben Shapiro posted his farewell message today. So sad.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/benshapiro/2020/09/30/why-im-leaving-california-n2577179

    I lived in Southern CA for 25 years and still miss some things about it, especially the most-of-the-year mild weather. Given what the state has become, though, I’m glad we got out when we did.

    I’m glad I got out of Oregon when I did – 30 years ago – and glad I got out of Arizona when I did: last month.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 3:27 PM PDT
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  13. The Cynthonian Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    The Cynthonian (View Comment):

    Ben Shapiro posted his farewell message today. So sad.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/benshapiro/2020/09/30/why-im-leaving-california-n2577179

    I lived in Southern CA for 25 years and still miss some things about it, especially the most-of-the-year mild weather. Given what the state has become, though, I’m glad we got out when we did.

    I’m glad I got out of Oregon when I did – 30 years ago – and glad I got out of Arizona when I did: last month.

    Where did you go?

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    • September 30, 2020, at 3:29 PM PDT
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  14. kedavis Member

    The Cynthonian (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    The Cynthonian (View Comment):

    Ben Shapiro posted his farewell message today. So sad.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/benshapiro/2020/09/30/why-im-leaving-california-n2577179

    I lived in Southern CA for 25 years and still miss some things about it, especially the most-of-the-year mild weather. Given what the state has become, though, I’m glad we got out when we did.

    I’m glad I got out of Oregon when I did – 30 years ago – and glad I got out of Arizona when I did: last month.

    Where did you go?

    A fair distance. It’s probably safer if I don’t say.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 3:37 PM PDT
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  15. Randy Webster Member

    The Cynthonian (View Comment):

    Ben Shapiro posted his farewell message today. So sad.

    There’s nothing sad about it. I live in Tennessee.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 3:53 PM PDT
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  16. Dotorimuk Coolidge

    Y’all California city-dwellers stay put. Keep your votes in-state. Thank you.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 5:47 PM PDT
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  17. JustmeinAZ Member

    The Cynthonian (View Comment):
    I lived in Southern CA for 25 years and still miss some things about it, especially the most-of-the-year mild weather. Given what the state has become, though, I’m glad we got out when we did.

    We got out in 1999 and never looked back. We kinda miss Knotts Berry Farm but that may be gone soon too.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 5:58 PM PDT
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  18. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    Y’all California city-dwellers stay put. Keep your votes in-state. Thank you.

    Do you really need to live in Cali to vote there?

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    • September 30, 2020, at 7:13 PM PDT
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  19. EB Thatcher

    Percival (View Comment):
    Governor Gruesome announced his intention to tax the incomes of people who leave California

    In reading the article linked to in your comment, it’s some CA assemblymen who are pushing this. Apparently, Newsom is a bit “tepid.” He said, it could affect “your ability to retain and attract talent, individuals, companies, and your competitiveness.” 

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    • September 30, 2020, at 7:35 PM PDT
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  20. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I have no sympathy for Disney. Bob Iger set this company down a path of embracing both political and cultural Marxism. (His successor, Bob Chapek has embraced the racist Ibram X. Kendi with open arms.) Iger is exclusively a donor to Democrats and he’s getting the return on investment he deserves.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 7:35 PM PDT
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  21. The Cynthonian Member

    EJHill (View Comment):

    I have no sympathy for Disney. Bob Iger set this company down a path of embracing both political and cultural Marxism. (His successor, Bob Chapek has embraced the racist Ibram X. Kendi with open arms.) Iger is exclusively a donor to Democrats and he’s getting the return on investment he deserves.

    What’s really weird about that is that you’d think all those donations (undoubtedly at the corporate level as well) would have bought them more clout with Newsom. Guess he’ll take their money, ignore their issues, and call that “independence.”

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    • September 30, 2020, at 7:54 PM PDT
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  22. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    EB (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    Governor Gruesome announced his intention to tax the incomes of people who leave California

    In reading the article linked to in your comment, it’s some CA assemblymen who are pushing this. Apparently, Newsom is a bit “tepid.” He said, it could affect “your ability to retain and attract talent, individuals, companies, and your competitiveness.”

    Thank you. I still don’t want to move back.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 8:07 PM PDT
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  23. kedavis Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    EB (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    Governor Gruesome announced his intention to tax the incomes of people who leave California

    In reading the article linked to in your comment, it’s some CA assemblymen who are pushing this. Apparently, Newsom is a bit “tepid.” He said, it could affect “your ability to retain and attract talent, individuals, companies, and your competitiveness.”

    Thank you. I still don’t want to move back.

    Eh, they only want you for your tax money. All those homeless and millenials are expensive!

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    • September 30, 2020, at 8:23 PM PDT
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  24. Brian Watt Member
    Brian WattJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    EJHill (View Comment):

    I have no sympathy for Disney. Bob Iger set this company down a path of embracing both political and cultural Marxism. (His successor, Bob Chapek has embraced the racist Ibram X. Kendi with open arms.) Iger is exclusively a donor to Democrats and he’s getting the return on investment he deserves.

    I don’t disagree. I just think it sad that thousands of people who aren’t political, aren’t Leftists, and who have worked at Disneyland, many for a decade or more, are caught up in this; as well as the thousands of hotel, restaurant, and store employees in the greater Anaheim area who will be let go and may not have any immediate prospects for employment. The negative aspects of this goes well beyond the politics of the Disney executive team even as the governor and the Democrats in Sacramento share a great deal of the blame. 

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    • September 30, 2020, at 9:01 PM PDT
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  25. kedavis Member

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    EJHill (View Comment):

    I have no sympathy for Disney. Bob Iger set this company down a path of embracing both political and cultural Marxism. (His successor, Bob Chapek has embraced the racist Ibram X. Kendi with open arms.) Iger is exclusively a donor to Democrats and he’s getting the return on investment he deserves.

    I don’t disagree. I just think it sad that thousands of people who aren’t political, aren’t Leftists, and who have worked at Disneyland, many for a decade or more, are caught up in this; as well as the thousands of hotel, restaurant, and store employees in the greater Anaheim area who will be let go and may not have any immediate prospects for employment. The negative aspects of this goes well beyond the politics of the Disney executive team even as the governor and the Democrats in Sacramento share a great deal of the blame.

    Well, maybe not deliberately connected. But don’t you think a lot of those employees voted for Newsom and the others too?

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    • September 30, 2020, at 9:05 PM PDT
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  26. Brian Watt Member
    Brian WattJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    EJHill (View Comment):

    I have no sympathy for Disney. Bob Iger set this company down a path of embracing both political and cultural Marxism. (His successor, Bob Chapek has embraced the racist Ibram X. Kendi with open arms.) Iger is exclusively a donor to Democrats and he’s getting the return on investment he detioserves.

    I don’t disagree. I just think it sad that thousands of people who aren’t political, aren’t Leftists, and who have worked at Disneyland, many for a decade or more, are caught up in this; as well as the thousands of hotel, restaurant, and store employees in the greater Anaheim area who will be let go and may not have any immediate prospects for employment. The negative aspects of this goes well beyond the politics of the Disney executive team even as the governor and the Democrats in Sacramento share a great deal of the blame.

    Well, maybe not deliberately connected. But don’t you think a lot of those employees voted for Newsom and the others too?

    I wouldn’t make that assumption. I think many of the older employees who have been there for years may be more right-leaning than you think. 

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    • September 30, 2020, at 9:08 PM PDT
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  27. kedavis Member

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    EJHill (View Comment):

    I have no sympathy for Disney. Bob Iger set this company down a path of embracing both political and cultural Marxism. (His successor, Bob Chapek has embraced the racist Ibram X. Kendi with open arms.) Iger is exclusively a donor to Democrats and he’s getting the return on investment he detioserves.

    I don’t disagree. I just think it sad that thousands of people who aren’t political, aren’t Leftists, and who have worked at Disneyland, many for a decade or more, are caught up in this; as well as the thousands of hotel, restaurant, and store employees in the greater Anaheim area who will be let go and may not have any immediate prospects for employment. The negative aspects of this goes well beyond the politics of the Disney executive team even as the governor and the Democrats in Sacramento share a great deal of the blame.

    Well, maybe not deliberately connected. But don’t you think a lot of those employees voted for Newsom and the others too?

    I wouldn’t make that assumption. I think many of the older employees who have been there for years may be more right-leaning than you think.

    If that were true, I wouldn’t expect the overall PRC vote to be so lop-sided.

    A survey of the employees might be interesting, though, if I had confidence that it was accurate.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 9:12 PM PDT
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  28. Brian Watt Member
    Brian WattJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    EJHill (View Comment):

    I have no sympathy for Disney. Bob Iger set this company down a path of embracing both political and cultural Marxism. (His successor, Bob Chapek has embraced the racist Ibram X. Kendi with open arms.) Iger is exclusively a donor to Democrats and he’s getting the return on investment he detioserves.

    I don’t disagree. I just think it sad that thousands of people who aren’t political, aren’t Leftists, and who have worked at Disneyland, many for a decade or more, are caught up in this; as well as the thousands of hotel, restaurant, and store employees in the greater Anaheim area who will be let go and may not have any immediate prospects for employment. The negative aspects of this goes well beyond the politics of the Disney executive team even as the governor and the Democrats in Sacramento share a great deal of the blame.

    Well, maybe not deliberately connected. But don’t you think a lot of those employees voted for Newsom and the others too?

    I wouldn’t make that assumption. I think many of the older employees who have been there for years may be more right-leaning than you think.

    If that were true, I wouldn’t expect the overall PRC vote to be so lop-sided.

    A survey of the employees might be interesting, though, if I had confidence that it was accurate.

    Orange County has historically voted more Republican than the rest of the state. FWIW.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 9:18 PM PDT
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  29. Chris O. Coolidge
    Chris O.Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    EJHill (View Comment):

    I have no sympathy for Disney. Bob Iger set this company down a path of embracing both political and cultural Marxism. (His successor, Bob Chapek has embraced the racist Ibram X. Kendi with open arms.) Iger is exclusively a donor to Democrats and he’s getting the return on investment he deserves.

    The word out of the Lucasfilm division is they are under explicit orders to desist in the practice of infusing stories with “woke” content. The way things seem to be playing out is there is still a struggle within by some, but perhaps this signals a culture change. Yes, it’s probably based on maximizing profit and…I have no problem with that. Just rumors, though.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 9:25 PM PDT
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  30. kedavis Member

    And yet Orange County went Clinton in ’16.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 9:26 PM PDT
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