I must start by saying I am incredibly impressed with what Disney has accomplished.
Not only did they fill a market, they did so by building a marketable clientele that quite simply had not existed.
If you’ve ever seen the Disney Channel, you know what I’m talking about. There’s nothing there to be admired. The jokes are outdated, cued by a laugh track (funny on Andy Griffith, etc., where the wisecracks were hilarious), the acting is atrocious, and the morals are based on effeminacy and immaturity.
But yet, it is the Walt Disney Company’s single largest source of income.
What’s the problem? Why is it such a big deal?
Well, what’s it teaching the kids who watch it?
For one, “parents are stupid.” Authorities up in your grill? Revolt! Pout! Whine! Get your way, eventually! They’ll realize the folly of their oppressive ways. Do whatever the heck you want, because you want to. It should be noted that Wizards of Waverly Place is almost an exception to this: in contrast to other shows, actions have consequences and the parents/adults are not portrayed with the same low mental capacity as in, say, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (featuring two brats wrecking a five star hotel for kicks, without consequences).
Another thing is the refusal to accept responsibility. Anything you do, anyone’s life you wreck, any property you destroy, it’s all somebody else’s problem. Just walk away and let the lowlifes clean up your mess.
Gender roles are incredibly confused. Girls are expected to be drama queens with perfect bodies and razor sharp wits, and the guys are expected to have the bodies of Greek gods and the fashion sense of a runway model. Show me a southern belle and a guy who ain’t afraid to get dirt under his nails and I’ll show you who ain’t gonna be the next HSM stars.
These shows simultaneously lose what it means to be feminine, and what it means to be masculine. That topic is for another time, and there are men far more qualified to answer than me, but suffice it to say that the role models presented here are antithetical to true womanhood and manhood.
The culture that this creates is a culture of airhead teenage girls of both sexes. It is a culture that accepts Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus as good wholesome music (need I say more). It’s a culture of Never Never Land, where you never grow up and someone is always waiting to clean up your mess.
In other words, EXACTLY the kind of people we want in our government and workforce in twenty years. You’re welcome, America.
P.S.: This is not meant to be a Disney-bashing post, although it practically is. Too often, Christians denounce something in a manner that doubts the salvation of those who disagree with them (although this has a place). This is not the case here. You will not go to Hell for letting your kids watch Disney, or by watching it yourself. However, this post does attempt to point out the dangers of doing so, and there’s a good chance that you will reap the rewards later. Watch at your own risk. I bear no responsibility for drama fits and bursting into song during football practice (unless that song is AC/DC or “All I Do is Win”).