In the past year alone, the Walt Disney Co. fought Florida over its ant-grooming Parental Rights in Education law, created multiple transgender characters for its children’s shows, put gay characters at the center of its big-budget movies, and even launched an LGBTQ-themed apparel line.
And still, Disney isn’t gay enough for the folks at GLAAD.
On Thursday, GLAAD gave Disney an “insufficient” mark in its annual LGBTQ inclusivity report card, saying the company’s efforts have been lacking despite progress made in recent years. The group slammed Disney for donating $25,000 to “anti-LGBTQ” politicians — without noting that Disney has historically donated to politicians across the political spectrum.
Today GLAAD released its 10th Studio Responsibility Index. This year counted a trans character in a major studio film for first time in five years, but also noted decreases in racial diversity of LGBTQ characters & LGBTQ character's screen time. Read now: https://t.co/rcZ1xPMt6X
— GLAAD (@glaad) December 15, 2022
Disney wasn’t alone in GLAAD’s annual act of Hollywood chastisement. All of the studios reviewed this year received bad marks, with the worst grades handed out to Paramount and Lionsgate. Both studios received “failing” marks for not featuring a single identifiably LGBTQ character in any of the films they released in 2021.
Warner Bros. received the second-lowest grade of “poor,” with GLAAD noting that the studio continues to work with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, whom the group inaccurately described as an “anti-trans activist.”
“The studios’ continued support and validation of her is particularly dangerous and irresponsible,” GLAAD said in the report.
GLAAD gave failing marks to some of Disney’s big-screen releases using the new “Vito Russo Test” — a gay version of the feminist Bechdel Test.
Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story failed the test even though it features a female-to-male transgender character as well as Oscar winner Ariana DeBose, who is openly lesbian. Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel also failed the test, even though the movie is a medieval period piece.
But GLAAD praised Disney’s mega-flop Strange World for featuring a gay teen protagonist. The animated feature was a box-office bust, grossing just $31 million domestically.
“Having a gay teen protagonist in a family film is a huge step in the right direction for the genre, and an example we’d like to see more studios follow.”
As Breitbart News reported, GLAAD recently threatened the Great American Family channel with an advertiser boycott over actress Candace Cameron Burre’s recent comment that the channel will focus on “traditional marriage” instead of gay couples in its Christmas programming.