By Christian Boudreaux.
First, a disclaimer: I really like Disney, and a lot of people I know are Disney fans too.
Like most people my age, Disney holds a special place in my heart. I have plenty of fond memories of its movies and shows from when I was a kid.
I say this as a fan of Disney and not as someone who just hates Disney buying out Fox.
It has terrible implications that can change, and already has changed, film and TV for the worse. This whole takeover of Fox makes Disney look less like a house of creativity and inspiration and instead a Hollywood equivalent to WalMart.
It’s just a massive corporation.
When the deal actually went through last Wednesday, after a year and a half, thousands of employees on the business end were laid off.
An entire film division of Fox like Fox 2000, responsible for movies like “The Hate U Give” and “Hidden Figures,” is going to be completely shuttered after their current slate of movies is complete.
Also, Disney now has its hands on more well-known film series. Just think that Disney now owns movies like “Alien,” “Die Hard” and “Avatar.” Even when you look past film, Disney now owns the rights to TV shows like “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.”
In unrelated news, Disney is creating a streaming service, and it will be introduced later this year. It just so happens that Disney now has a giant library of new material it can keep to itself.
I just mentioned that Disney now owns the ability to do with those properties whatever it sees fit, and that could possibly mean locking up Fox’s entire library behind a subscription fee.
I think that would be likely, considering Disney is going to pull its material off Netflix within the next few months and other streaming services and move its entire library onto this new site.
This means that if you want to see the Star Wars movies online, you’d have to pay for this new streaming service.
Disney could very well be in a position to rival or overtake Netflix with this service. With all that wealth and power behind it, Disney would be close to being the most powerful company in Hollywood, owning close to half of the entire movie business.
Please don’t take this as me ranting that Disney is bad. I love Disney, and I know that this news won’t have a noticeable effect on most of its fans.
But I notice it, and it worries me. No single corporate or entertainment entity should have as much control as Disney now has.
As someone who uses films to escape from reality, having fewer choices for what content is now made just saddens me. Disney is big enough that it can do whatever it wants and get away with it because it’s so massive.
I like Disney, but I don’t want EVERYTHING to be associated with them. I want some variety with the movies I watch.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you not to like Disney or to stop this from happening. The second half of the sentence is already impossible.
It’s too late. It already happened.
If you want to do something about this problem, just realize that this is a problem. Understand where the entertainment you enjoy is coming from, and never be afraid to be frustrated when everything begins to look the same.
Go out and try new things when it comes to entertainment. Support indie movies, or just see different movies like Jordan Peele’s “Us.” I know I will.