Disney’s Shocking New Partnership

Written by PTC | Published May 17, 2024

Given what we’ve seen from the Walt Disney Company in recent years, you would think there were no surprises left.

Afterall, this is the company that distributes on its Hulu streaming platform the suggestively-titled teen comedy “Pen15” that included a scene of a teenaged girl masturbating and “A Teacher,” about an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and her student.

This is the company that greenlit “Little Demon” about a teenaged antichrist whose father is the devil and “Pauline” about a teenaged girl who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with the devil.

This is the company that has executives boasting on camera about inserting adult content and themes into programs designed for young children.

Yet despite this troubling track record, even we were shocked to learn that Disney was partnering with HBO to create a new streaming bundle.

HBO’s brand has long been associated with frankly p*rnographic content.

From “Taxicab Confessions” to “Cathouse: The Series” and from “Game of Thrones” to “The Idol,” HBO has been notorious for pushing the envelope with explicit sexual content and nudity. One “Game of Thronesproducer bragged to Time Magazine that he told the show’s director, “I represent the pervert side of the audience, and I’m saying I want full frontal nudity in this scene.”

This is who Disney has decided to partner with.

What makes this announcement all the more shocking is the fact that it comes on the heels of a new Rasmussen Reports poll, which found that 71% of adults in the U.S. agree that “Disney should return to wholesome programming and allow parents to decide when their children are taught about sexuality.”

Disney’s new partnership with HBO’s Max is akin to putting the Playboy Mansion inside the gates of Disneyland. This entirely inappropriate partnership will give children access to some of the most sexually explicit, graphically violent, and profane content available on streaming platforms today, and will further alienate families that have trusted Disney.

That’s why PTC is asking you to act now.

Sign our petition demanding the strongest-possible parental controls on any streaming platform Disney aligns with.

Max programs and its weak parental controls have enabled children to access some of the most explicit streaming content on the market, including Euphoria, which has featured statutory rape and sexual exploitation, illicit drug abuse, graphic teen sex, and pornography use – all portrayed as a normal part of the teenage experience, and The Idol, cited as “pornographic,” a “sordid male fantasy,” a “darker, crazier, and more risqué version” of Euphoria.

Disney must recognize the harm this partnership with Max will have on its audience of children and families, along with further cementing Disney’s reputation as anti-family.

Please act now and then share this message with any and all family, friends, neighbors and associates who share your concerns about harmful media messages reaching impressionable young children.

We cannot keep silent and allow this decision to go unchallenged. Act now.

Take Action. Stay Informed.