The only good thing about about having friends who work at Disney is getting the inside skinny on what’s happening in the land of the Hollywood Woke. They love to talk about how radical leftism is destroying the company they work for as they keep their conservative leanings private. But they’ve been “red-pilled” for over three years now with your truly at least partially to blame.
They came to me with a juicy nugget this afternoon. Apparently, some of the managers were on a meeting Friday detailing their plans to reduce their public display of wokeness. I yawned at first; backlash from just over a week ago for pushing Critical Race Theory had already hit the news cycle. But then they gave me a reason for the sudden meeting that I wasn’t anticipating. It wasn’t the backlash that worried them. It was the subscriptions, or lack thereof, for Disney+.
The Woke Disney Company’s newest flagship project fell short of Wall Street expectations by 6.6 million subscribers. I’ll just let that hang there for a minute.
While confirming the story, I found this piece from Breitbart:
Disney’s week went from bad to worse on Thursday when the entertainment giant posted streaming subscription results that fell short of Wall Street’s expectations, causing the stock to sink more than 4 percent in after-hours trading.
The subscription miss comes as the Walt Disney Co. is still dealing with fallout from the revelation that it promoted critical race theory to its employees, encouraging them to strive for “equity,” or the “equality of outcome,” and to reflect on America’s “racist infrastructure.”
On Thursday, Disney reported subscriptions for its Disney+ streaming service had reached 103.6 million, which reportedly fell below the Wall Street consensus of 110 million subscribers. The subscription miss was surprising since the company had heavily promoted the new series WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
They’re losing out on park revenue, which was expected with the Covid-19 lockdowns still partially in play. But the miss on their streaming service was a real sting, especially considering that lockdowns should have helped them get more subscribers than expected, not far less.
Is it all about wokeness? No. There has been a shortage of good content from what I’ve heard anecdotally. Mixed reviews on their Marvel shows were very concerning, especially after doing so well with The Mandalorian and the way critics generally adore Marvel shows.
But let’s face it. The wokeness doesn’t help. Millions of Americans are waking up to the realization that this is not the same company that Walt Disney built. While far from a perfect man, at least he wasn’t a Cultural Marxist at a time when most of Hollywood was making the leftward lurch. Now that they’re full blown social justice activists, it’s becoming too hard for companies like Disney to be able to bite their tongues.
Then again, they probably don’t want to. At least they didn’t until the recent backlash and revenue hits. Maybe now they’ll realize that what Americans really want from big corporations is for them to do what they do and leave the politics out of the equation. Entertainment should have very little to do with politics, if anything at all.
Keep the pressure up, folks. We have to keep hitting companies like Disney and the NBA in the pocketbook if they’re ever going to learn to just focus on entertainment.
YouTube, Spotify, and other Big Tech platforms are taking Freedom First Network down
It’s no secret we speak our minds and bring on guests who do the same. That’s one of the biggest reasons we put together the Freedom First Network in the first place. There are far too many news outlets, including so-called “conservative” media companies, who are so beholden to Big Tech that they temper their perspectives at best and outright coverup the truth at worst. Many, as you all know, will blatantly lie in order to maintain the narrative that supports the radical agenda taking over much of the United States.
We have had our YouTube channel taken down. Many of our shows have been suppressed or removed by Facebook and Twitter. Spotify banned one of our shows completely from their platform. Google hates us. We’ve even been censored by some of the smaller players like Medium, Transistor, and Captivate. But we stand behind our reporting and perspectives and we refuse to bow down to Big Tech tyranny for the sake of pageviews or video plays.
This isn’t the easiest road to travel, especially for a media company that is so new. We launched Freedom First Network in 2020 to fight against the very censorship that we’re seeing so widespread today. We have found great homes for our content on freer speech platforms like Rumble and we’re putting our best efforts forward into building our presence on Locals. Nevertheless, we cannot do it alone. We need help.
One of the things cofounders Jeff Dornik and JD Rucker agreed to from the start was to never be the pawns of companies that do not embrace our worldview. Finding advertisers and affiliates is easy; we receive requests by companies wanting to be pushed on our shows every day. But it’s important to us that we’re promoting companies, services, and products that are beneficial to maintaining a Freedom First stance in America. As a result, we do not take on sponsors easily. We would rather rely on our own products like Freedom First Coffee and the support of our wonderful viewers, listeners, and readers.
Those who want to support us and help keep the fight for America’s future moving forward can do so by donating through our Locals page. There, you can donate monthly or one-time. Some have told us to use Patreon or GoFundMe, but both of those platforms have demonstrated a hatred for free speech. Locals does not. They embrace it. We encourage everyone to join us on Locals, but donations are greatly appreciated as well. We do not have day jobs. Our fight for freedom is a full-time gig.
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