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Is Disney Grooming Children to be Victims of Pedophiles?

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If you have been on Twitter lately, you will be aware there is a widespread campaign to #boycottdisney. This is more than just about a disagreement over direction. The accusations are quite harsh. Here is an example:

What is going on here?

There are actually two things. One is Disney’s opposition to the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” in Florida, legislation that would not allow discussion of sexual orientation among the youngest student. The other is their intention to greatly increase the number of LGBTQ characters in their stories. You can read about it here.

But people are not just upset about Disney’s view of legislation or of character representation. An example is this post: Disney Executives Admit: Of Course We’re Grooming Your Children.

I have no problem with people unsubscribing from Disney + or avoiding their theme parks. Nor is it a problem to disagree with the direction Disney has taken.

But do we really believe that Disney’s plan is to “groom” young children so that they can be the victims of pedophiles? Is there a plan to get children involved in sexual activity of any kind?

Is it not more likely that Disney has adopted the belief that LGBTQ people are valuable, under represented, often the victim of discrimination, and who need public support. This is not a fringe belief and I would suspect that it is the majority belief in western countries.

I have not seen anything from the statements by Disney that they are promoting pedophilia or are encouraging sexual experimentation (of any kind) among children.

Disney does have an agenda, one that many conservatives won’t like, and this is to overcome the prejudice toward the LGBTQ community.

Feel free to disagree with that agenda, but do not make the unreasonable jump from pro-LGBTQ to pedophilia. Connecting LGBTQ to pedophilia is unhelpful and inaccurate. Most of the people I know who were abused as children were the victims of opposite sex predators.

By making these wild accusations, it actually makes the anti-Disney crowd look foolish. If you oppose Disney’s decisions, focus on what they have actually said and not the slippery slope that you fear.

Addendum (added April 11, 2020)

Since originally writing this post, someone mentioned that they believed that the grooming was not for children to become victims of pedophiles but to push children to become LGBTQ.

People at Disney have already said they have an agenda, so what is that agenda? I think the agenda is to show children who are or who know people who are LGBTQ that they are valued and accepted and normal.

I can imagine that some people would find even that agenda to be a problem.

But will “normalizing” LGBTQ identities make children adopt those identities? I suspect that those who have been struggling with their identity may feel more likely to be open about who they are.

The truth is, we don’t know why some people are gay or trans. It may have a biological component and it may have a developmental component. There is no reason to believe that people just choose to be LGBTQ and I very much doubt that it is based on influence from a Disney movie or television show.

So even if this is the kind of grooming that people fear, I am still not convinced that Disney is going to have a negative effect on our children. You are welcome to disagree.

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2 thoughts on “Is Disney Grooming Children to be Victims of Pedophiles?

  1. Hmm, I think there’s something you’re missing in this conversation. First off, it’s generally “LGBTQ+.” The ‘Q’ and the ‘+’ are intended to be inclusive of such things as pedophilia and other sexual deviancies. So, technically connecting these is part of the idea. Also, “grooming” can be a generic term for any sexual training. One could “groom” a child to homosexuality, one could “groom” a child into transgender. I understand that in common parlance “grooming” is specific to pedophilia, but the concept can apply to the situation.

  2. yet again Christians choose to lie. Amazing how that works when the bible has this god repeatedly saying not to, even if you think it is *for* your god.

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