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Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Et Tu, Mickey Mouse? 

NYT front page (below the fold) headline: "Disney is Blocking Distribution of Film that Criticizes Bush". The film (of course!) is by Michael Moore. This is pathetic. Now, you can never be sure, in things like this, that the stated reason is the real reason, but here's what Moore's agent says Eisner's concerns are:
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.
Disney says that it doesn't have to do with tax breaks, but the fact that "Disney caters to families of all political stripes and believes Mr. Moore's film to be overtly partisan against Mr. Bush."

That's all well and good, but let's look at some previous Miramax films (from here), in no particular order, and let's see if they "cater to families of political stripes:"
1. Kill Bill, Vols. I and II

2. Citizen Ruth--a satire about abortion!

3. The Human Stain (never saw it, but read the book, so I know that "adult" subject matter--great book, btw)

4. Clerks, which has an extended sequence about how many blow jobs a girl can give before she's a slut (or something like that--I really didn't like this movie, in any event)

5. Pulp Fiction

6. Trainspotting
Just a little sampling. So, I think we now can all agree that Disney has an impeccable track record of preventing Miramax from releasing and distributing any and all films that are not appropriate for families of all political stripes.
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