This boy mannequin rocks a Minnie Mouse outfit in a Disney theme park store window.Â
The Walt Disney Company doesnâ€™t seem to be shy when it comes to making bold statements supporting equal rights for the LGBT community. The company signed amicus briefs for the DOMA and Prop 8 cases back in 2013. They also signed a friend-of-the-court brief earlier this year urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality, and after the court did just that, Disney World lit up Cinderellaâ€™s castle in rainbow colors. Â
Now, Disney has made another bold statement, but hardly anyone is noticing. One of the stores in the Disney California Adventure theme park at Disneyland has a new window display featuring a boy mannequin wearing blue jeans, a Minnie Mouse shirt and hat, and carrying a Minnie Mouse purse. The gender non-conforming mannequin is standing amongst a range of toys including dolls and a Snow White storybook.
Most guests walk right past the mannequin and seem to be oblivious of the new window display, but Jarret Hastings, an annual pass holder visiting the park over the weekend, says itâ€™s another step in the right direction.
â€œI think that it’s great that the Disney company can put something like this on display in the parks,â€ explained Hastings. â€œNot every guest may notice that it’s a boy mannequin with traditionally feminine attire but it goes to show that Disney is a supportive organization that welcomes everyone.â€
While itâ€™s true that the Walt Disney Company has been vocal about supporting LGBT rights, they still have a long way to go when it comes to depicting LGBT characters in their movies and television shows. In 2014, the Disney Channel made history when it finally featured its first same-sex couple on an episode of Good Luck Charlie, one of the networkâ€™s most popular original comedies. Thatâ€™s practically it though, when it comes to LGBT representation. In fact, Walt Disney Studios received a failing grade from GLAAD on the 2015 Studio Responsibility Index, an annual study that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of LGBT people in films by major motion picture studios.
While itâ€™s great that Disney fully supports the LGBT community, it would be nice to see some of that support reflected in their films. What are your thoughts? Will Disney ever feature openly LGBT characters in their movies? How long do you think it will take them to do so? Let us know in the comments section below.Â
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Marjorie Taylor Greene Goes on Angry Rant Demanding AOC ‘Debate Me’ One Day After Accosting Her
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who may face an ethics inquiry after accosting New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is now attacking her nemesis through the media, telling AOC through reporters, “you need to debate me” and “defend socialism to the American people.”
Congresswoman Greene told The Washington Post’s Jacqueline Alemany that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez “can’t call me a bully because I’m trying to talk with her about policy that will change our economy… What she is a coward and a fraud and a fake.”
“Ever since Jan. 6 they can’t even treat us with respect and we were victims, too,” added Greene, who was forced to deny having a role in the insurrection, added. “We didn’t cause it. All these lies they say on and on and on. They need to be civil. None of them are civil to me,” she said of Democrats.
Greene also attacked reporters, telling Alemany that the “behavior you’re exhibiting is exactly the same type of behavior…. Actually, this is far worse.”
Alemany says Greene was “equating her yelling at and chasing down” AOC “to engaging in dialogue with reporters on her walk to her car.”
Greene continued her attack on reporters when Forbes’ Andrew Solender posed a question to her.
“You’ve been asking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to debate for quite a while. At what point does it become harassment to continue to ask her to do this thing that she keeps rejecting?” he asked.
“At what point does this become harassment?” was her response.
When Solender asked Greene if she is going to continue to ask Ocasio-Cortez to debate her, she replied, “Sure! She should debate me. She should defend socialism to the American people.”
According to CNN’s Manu Raju, Ocasio-Cortez compared Greene to “people that I threw out of bars all the time” when “I used to work as a bartender.”
“So she throws out paying customers? Is that how she feels…?” Greene said when confronted with the quote.
“She’s describing the behavior that you exhibited,” NBC News’ Sahil Kapur explained.
Greene went back to attacking the reporters.
“This behavior you’re exhibiting is exactly the same type of behavior,” she claimed.
Here’s more of Greene talking with reporters, telling AOC through them “you need to debate me,” and claiming she is “acting like a child.”
Undercover Operatives Waged Sting Operation to Discredit ‘Deep State’ Officials on Trump’s Enemies List: NYT
Undercover operatives from right wing Project Veritas worked with a former British spy trained by Betsy DeVos’ brother Erik Prince to wage a smear and sting operation to discredit “deep state” federal government officials on President Donald Trump’s enemies list while he was in office, including the National Security Advisor and FBI agents.
The New York Times broke the bombshell story, reporting that the “campaign included a planned sting operation against Mr. Trump’s national security adviser at the time, H.R. McMaster, and secret surveillance operations against F.B.I. employees, aimed at exposing anti-Trump sentiment in the bureau’s ranks.”
“The campaign,” the Times reports, “shows the obsession that some of Mr. Trump’s allies had about a shadowy ‘deep state’ trying to blunt his agenda — and the lengths that some were willing to go to try to purge the government of those believed to be disloyal to the president.”
“Central to the effort, according to interviews, was Richard Seddon, a former undercover British spy who was recruited in 2016 by the security contractor Erik Prince to train Project Veritas operatives to infiltrate trade unions, Democratic congressional campaigns and other targets. He ran field operations for Project Veritas until mid-2018.”
Last year, The New York Times reported that Mr. Seddon ran an expansive effort to gain access to the unions and campaigns and led a hiring effort that nearly tripled the number of the group’s operatives, according to interviews and deposition testimony. He trained operatives at the Prince family ranch in Wyoming.
The Times’ extensive reporting, which runs about 2700 words, does not reveal who initiated or who bankrolled the campaign.
The Times reports the operation was run out of a house that rented for $10,000 a month, and that it is not known if President Trump or his closest advisors, including family members, were aware of the operation or had anything to do with it.
“The operation against Mr. McMaster was hatched not long after an article appeared in BuzzFeed News about a private dinner in 2017. Exactly what happened during the dinner is in dispute, but the article said that Mr. McMaster had disparaged Mr. Trump by calling him an ‘idiot’ with the intelligence of a ‘kindergartner.'”
Those allegations were never proven, although they echo what some others inside the administration, like first Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, had allegedly stated.
In the end, McMaster resigned amid far right-wing attacks, but no recordings of him calling Trump an “idiot.”
Read the entire New York Times investigation here.
Newsmax Host Off Air After Online Outrage Over Antisemitic Remarks
Newsmax TV host Grant Stinchfield will be off the air for the remainder of the week after massive outrage over his antisemitic remarks Wednesday night. Stinchfield claimed that American Jews’ “home country” is actually Israel, not the U.S., in a rant attacking President Joe Biden.
“If you are Jewish and you are a Democrat and you are living in America today, how do you support an administration that turns its back on your home country?” Stinchfield had said, as Media Matters reported.
Outrage, especially from Americans who also identify as Jewish, was massive, as NCRM documented.
In March Stinchfield came under attack after claiming there was a “strong case” that President Joe Biden is “not really a Catholic.”
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