May 05, 2004
Disney head Michael Eisner is blocking the distribution of Michael Moore's "Farenheit 911", his newest anti-Bush movie, on the grounds it will endanger tax breaks for the company:
Mr. Moore's agent, Ari Emanuel, said Michael D. Eisner, Disney's chief executive, asked him last spring to pull out of the deal with Miramax. Mr. Emanuel said Mr. Eisner expressed particular concern that it would endanger tax breaks Disney receives for its theme park, hotels and other ventures in Florida, where Mr. Bush's brother, Jeb, is governor.This is the obvious problem with a few complex corporations owning the media-- they all depend on the government for tax breaks and benefits for a range of their businesses, so free speech will be sacrified to curry favor with top government officials.
So the only counterbalance is fear of consumer wrath and loss of income.
So we should all boycott Disney until Moore's movie is released. No more ABC, no more Disney films. Here's a list of what we can boycott:
Theme Parks: Disneyland and Disney World in Florida
Movie studios: Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Buena Vista, Hollywood Pictures, Caravan Pictures and Miramax
Broadcast: ABC-TV and radio networks
Cable: Tne Disney Channel and partial ownership of ESPN, A&E, History Channel, E! Entertainment and Lifetime
Music: Hollywood Records and Walt Disney Records
Posted by Nathan at May 5, 2004 06:25 AM