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He’s going too far this time, this long haired iconoclast (whatever that means, sounds like anarchist and antichrist tho’ so you know it can’t be good) Besmirching the good name of that great American institution Walt Disney. I mean how could you not find anything more wholesome and family oriented then that. The wife and I took the kids down a couple years ago and we had a great time. The kids really liked the animal safari thing; we heard people who had been on a real trip to Africa say it was really better then going, what with not having to put up with the poor hotels and roads over there and all the beggars; the animals looked so real.

Disney, no matter which one you go to, is a great place and I think only a real negative person could get all up in arms about the things this guy goes on about. First he say it’s ironic (have you ever noticed how all these cynical types call everything ironic, it makes them sound intelligent or something) that Disney has built a safari ride preaching conservation when the whole complex is in the delicate eco-system of the Florida Everglades, destroying valuable habitat and upsetting the water table. Goodness it’s just swamp land, what could live there aside from some alligators and such that no one is going to miss, and Disney has its own water supply and disposal anyway, so I don’t see how they’re doing anything to the water table, whatever he means by that.

Then he has the nerve to say that the Epcot centre is a symbol of increased American isolationism because, get this, he says “it prepackges culture into bite size pieces of stereotypical servings.” I don’t know what the hell that is supposed to mean, maybe he’s talking about the food. But like I said before it was a good education for the kids, and us to I might add, to see all those people dressed in their natural clothing doing their normal day to day stuff. It shows you just how different everyone in the world really is, but after seeing some of the things other guys were forced to wear (I didn’t know all Arab men wore some sort of dress) I’m not about to change in my jeans, no matter how quaint the wife thinks it. (I almost slapped the youngest upside the head for making comments about my legs and those skirts the Scottish guys had on, the kid’s got quite the lip on him.)

But he’s not satisfied with just attacking Disney World, now he’s going after their movies too. Now I didn’t think much of that Hidalgo thing, what with having that foreign guy Viggo something staring in it and all the nasty things he’s had to say about our government, and I didn’t think that subject matter was exactly family oriented (showing our army in a bad light for doing something that had to be done to preserve our country) but to here him ridiculing it as nothing but the “made up fantasies of a wannabe western hero” is just downright degrading to the memory of Tom Hopkins, one of the last real living cowboys upon whose autobiography they based the movie. The nerve of him implying that the race in the movie never even took place. He bases that on the testimony of a few Arabs who claim to be from families who have bred horses for generations and have never heard of The Ocean of Fire, and the fact that he says in order to travel that amount of distance in Africa you’d have to go down as far as the country of South Africa. He doesn’t have to get all literal minded, I’m sure the course had a few twists and turns in it to make up any differences he thinks there were.

But it gets worse. Now’s he’s turned his sights on the Pirate movies. You remember the first one a couple of years ago: The Curse of The Black Pearl (a great ride at the park too, my youngest lost his lunch on it though: never give a kid a hot dog, fires, and shake before going on a ride). That Johnny Depp is a little suspect, living in France and all, and I thought they should have done something about making him a little less fruity (the wife wondered how long it took him to put on his face every morning, I said it couldn’t be anywhere near as long a time as it took her). But aside from that it was great fun for all of us. How many live movies are there for the whole family to see these days?

Anyhow, Mr. Iconoclast has got himself all hot under the collar about the way in which some locals are begin portrayed in the upcoming parts two and three being shot in the Dominican Republic. It seems over the years they got the reputation as being cannibals (I say where there’s smoke there’s fire) which they deny (would you admit that your grandfather ate someone) and they are objecting to the fact that Disney is going to have them trying to eat the main characters. Well geez what does it matter anyway, its just a movie, can’t you folk lighten up. Haven’t they heard the saying: Any publicity is good publicity.

But he’s not done running down Walt Disney yet; infringing upon freedom of speech by refusing to distribute that unpatriotic garbage by Michael Moore (you couldn’t pay me to see that), that the truly heartwarming Polar Express invalidates other beliefs by preaching only by believing in Santa Claus can you be happy, and perpetrating stereotypes with movies like Aladdin.

Mr. Iconoclast is so typical of these doom sayers today, raining on everyone’s parade and trying to ruin things for the rest of us. I think a lot of the worlds troubles could be eased if people like him just stopped mouthing off and stopped trying to upset people. All that it does is make people have doubts about those things they should just accept as facts of life. I’m sure the situation in Iraq would be over by now if more people just supported our troops and our government and stopped asking questions. It sure would make things a lot easier anyway.

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Richard Marcus is the author of two books commissioned by Ulysses Press, "What Will Happen In Eragon IV?" (2009) and "The Unofficial Heroes Of Olympus Companion". Aside from Blogcritics his work has appeared around the world in publications like the German edition of Rolling Stone Magazine and the multilingual web site Qantara.de. He has been writing for Blogcritics.org since 2005 and has published around 1900 articles at the site.
  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    Typical shallow Americanism – if you want to discover a culture, go visit it, rather than a simulation

    BTW, who is ‘this’ iconoclast?

    Amazon links please

  • Eric Olsen

    g-man, I too love the Disney aura and the theme parks, but also recognize some of the negative issues. When it works it’s magic and a lot safer than he real thing

  • SFC SKI

    I suppose the fact that is cheaper and less time consuming to go to Disney than travel the world has no bearing on the matter.

  • Doc Holliday

    Disney is a business. They are run like a business, with all that implies. That they produce a product that seems to be “wholesome” and is enjoyed by all, is immaterial in relation to their business practices. Read Carl Hiaasen’s “Team Rodent – How Disney Devours the World” for a good idea of the business practices of the rodent.

    I agree that it is “nice” to go Epcot and see other cultures, however, it is not “real” by any means. Disney shows what sells for Disney, not what is real. It is fantasy and it is surprising anyone would think it was real.

    And, yes, it would be a lot better if Disney protected some of the glades they are developing, so people could see the “real” thing – which might not be a palatable as the animatronics – rather than some scripted show.

    This reminds me of the toursts who come here to Montana and see buffalo for the first time. Usually, some macho guy figures the buffalo must be slow and stupid, based on their appearance, (apparently, these guys never saw Dances with Wolves), and approaches too close. Then the buffalo reacts like a buffalo – an animal that can weigh up to 2000lbs and go from 0-30 MPH in the blink of an eye – and stomps Mr. Macho. People just don’t get it.

    People want pre-packaged and “safe” entertainment that doesn’t challenge their view of the world. Disney gives it to them, whether it is authentic or not.

  • Nick Jones

    I’m not sure this isn’t a satire. But I can tell you what to stay away from at Epcot: The Living Sea, and the energy exhibit with Eric Idle. The first one was really rather boring, and the second one just crappy; it look like gym decorations for a junior high dance. Loved the belly dancer at the Morrocan restaurant, though.

    What I really took away from the various theme parks I visited is how many of the rides and attractions were all about getting you into the gift shop as soon as possible. The Haunted Mansion was the best, and my favorite.

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    It -is- satire, Nick, says so right at the top.

    All these naysayers and doomwriters sure take the fun out of theme parks, don’t they? Remember when visitng Disneyland wasn’t a political statement?