Disney has pulled all advertisements from Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program. But the company is willing to collaborate with the Chinese Communist Party which oppresses black people and has Muslims in concentration camps.
Disney’s exodus from Tucker Carlson Tonight is the latest display of corporate virtue-signaling, prompted by the top-rated host refusing to mindlessly pledge allegiance to the Democrat-funding Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in light of nationwide protests over George Floyd’s death.
“This may be a lot of things, this moment we’re living through, but it is definitely not about black lives,” Carlson has noted.
Despite this, Disney has pursued joint ventures with the CCP worth billions of dollars.
“Disney is not going to offend China — they’ve had so much invested there, with theme parks, etc., and their films,” said Stanley Rosen, a professor of political science specializing in Chinese studies at the University of Southern California.
The CCP also retains managerial control over “everything from the price of admission to the types of rides at the park,” according to The New York Times.
To solidify the deal, then-CEO Robert Iger had to “appease” Chinese officials:
He took a corporate jet to Shanghai in February 2008 to meet with the city’s new Communist Party boss, Yu Zhengsheng. Over dinner at a state guesthouse, Mr. Iger offered a more conciliatory approach, setting the tone for the next phase of talks. After that, Disney substantially dialed back its demands. In addition to handing over a large piece of the profit, the control-obsessed company would give the government a role in running the park.
Iger even has a close relationship with President Xi Jinping:
Mr. Iger, 65, has sought a personal relationship with China’s paramount leader, President Xi Jinping. After Mr. Iger learned that Mr. Xi’s father, Xi Zhongxun, a revolutionary leader, had visited Disneyland in 1980, he pressed his staff to find a photograph. A color photograph shows the president’s father, who died in 2002, wearing a Mao suit, shaking hands with Mickey Mouse. Mr. Iger presented it to the Chinese leader as a gift and a symbol of their partnership.
When Mr. Xi stopped in Seattle last September, Mr. Iger was among the American executives on hand to welcome him. At the White House state dinner a few days later, Mr. Iger was seated at Mr. Xi’s table. Just last month, Mr. Iger flew to Beijing to meet the president at the Communist Party’s leadership compound. “It’s good to see the fruits of efforts over the years,” a smiling Mr. Xi told Mr. Iger at a public meeting between the men at the Great Hall of the People in early May. “And I believe the new cooperation will continue to yield new outcomes.”
At the park – which employs hundreds of CCP members – employees “attend party lectures during business hours,” “display hammer-and-sickle insignia at their desks,” and a “party-activity center, adorned with Mickey Mouse silhouettes” operates adjacent to the park according to The Wall Street Journal.
The center has even been used to host CCP propaganda lectures.
“Party officials help manage staff welfare and arrange activities such as political seminars for members and singing contests for all employees,” the report added.
And Disney executives are well aware: Chinese state media touted Murray King, the resort’s Canadian vice president for public affairs, saying its “best employees are mostly party members.” A photo even showed King beside the resort’s deputy general manager and party chief, Jean Zou, with a screen behind them reading “party-building” meeting.
But the company’s ties run deeper than just a single amusement park. In 1997, as Disney had begun making inroads in China.
The company made “Kundun,” a film about the CCP’s brutal treatment of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. In the eyes of the regime, the Dalai Lama is a separatist, prompting the CCP to denounced the project and pressuring Disney to abandon it. Disney did ultimately distribute the move in the U.S., and China retaliated by banning the company’s content.
One year later Disney hired former Secretary of State and China appeaser Henry Kissinger as part of an “intense lobbying effort.”
Then-CEO Michael Eisner met with Prime Minister Zhu Rongji and apologized for Kundun, insisting it was a “stupid mistake.”
“This film was a form of insult to our friends, but other than journalists, very few people in the world ever saw it,” he added.
China has also used Disney’s recent Mulan remake to attack Hong Kong protestors.
The film’s star, Crystal Yifei Liu, re-posted a meme from Chinese state media declaring “I support the Hong Kong police” alongside a heart emoji, just days after the same police force had “employed less-lethal weapons in ways that are prohibited by international norms and standards,” according to the United Nations Human Rights office.
Despite criticism, Disney never released a statement or condemned Liu’s actions.
Disney has also never rebuked the CCP’s draconian censorship of Winnie the Pooh, the company’s own cartoon character, after Chinese citizens compared President Xi Jinping to the bear on social media.
If Disney divests from Tucker Carlson Tonight, it ought to divest from the CCP, too.
Carlson’s alleged “offenses,” failing to support a Democrat-affiliated political movement which seeks to defund the police, pale in comparison to the tens of millions of deaths that have occurred at the hands of the CCP.