I used to have a great deal of respect for Walt Disney. Sure, the man was an egotist who insisted that the company change its name from Disney Brothers Studio to Walt Disney Studio. Sure, he strong-armed P.L. Travers, adding an anti-feminist message to the end of Mary Poppins. Sure, he created sanitized, bland versions of fairy tales to the world.
|No, wait, that's the wrong sleeping beauty.|
Yes, there is a seamy, dark side to his theme parks. Yes, his company tried to threaten me into removing ablog post once.
Yes, I had references to all of these, but they were mysteriously removed from the internet a few weeks ago.
But he always treated birds well.
|Seriously, this is as bad as it got.|
Well, not any more. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Sleeping Beauty.
|No, not that one! The Disney one!|
Severity: 2 (one death +1 beloved pet)
Description: An evil crow, the pet of the witch Maleficent, is turned into stone by one of the three good fairies before it can warn her owner of what the good guys are trying to do.
Mitigating Factors: None.
Aggravating Factors: The look of horror on Maleficent’s face as she sees what happened to her pet.
I am ashamed of you Mr. Disney. Ashamed. If you weren’t dead, I’m sure you’d feel my wrath. As it is, I expect to get another cease and desist letter from your legal department in the next week or so.