Disney decided to boycott the LA Times from attending its film screenings in retaliation of a report the paper did on their business operations. Turns out the other media is not so keen about that and they’ve taken to boycotting Disney’s Film Screenings until the boycott on the LA Times is lifted. After less than a day, the ban has ended and Disney is not longer boycotted. First, you will see an excerpt from CNN on the end of the ban, then an except from MSN on the original ban and boycott.
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Disney will no longer ban the Los Angeles Times from advance screenings of its movies following a backlash from critics groups, news outlets and journalists, who were boycotting those same screenings in protest.
“We’ve had productive discussions with the newly installed leadership at The Los Angeles Times regarding our specific concerns, and as a result, we’ve agreed to restore access to advance screenings for their film critics,” a Walt Disney Company spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
In a statement of its own released shortly afterward, the Times said, “The Los Angeles Times has covered the Walt Disney Company since its founding, here in Los Angeles, in 1923. We look forward to reporting on Disney well into the future.”
Disney has ignited a media roasting after blacklisting the Los Angeles Times from film screenings to punish the paper for critical coverage of its business operations.
The studio last week banned the LA Times from access to its screenings and talent, citing “biased and inaccurate” coverage, only to trigger a boycott on Monday by several media outlets in solidarity with the LA Times.
Alyssa Rosenberg, who writes about films and pop culture for the Washington Post, was the first to announce she would no longer attend screenings presented by Disney films, including Star Wars, or its by subsidiary Marvel.
“As long as Disney is blocking the critics from the Los Angeles Times from press screenings, I can’t in good conscience attend similar showings or write reviews in advance,” she wrote.
Other journalists and outlets swiftly followed, raising the prospect of a public relations disaster for the Walt Disney Company just as the film industry gears up for awards season. The company behind the so-called “happiest place on earth”, Disneyland, now finds itself accused of bullying and press censorship.
The row also shone a light on the company’s CEO, Bob Iger, who has hinted at a future run for political office. Prominent journalists pledged support for the LA Times. “I just took out a subscription to the @LATimes in honor of Disney boycotting the newspaper because it engaged in journalism,” tweeted the CNN anchor Jake Tapper. “Join me!”
The row flared after the paper published two investigative articles in September about the relationship between Disneyland, Disney’s flagship California theme park, and the city of Anaheim, just south of LA.
The author, Daniel Miller, wrote that the corporation used aggressive carrot-and-stick strategies to squeeze Anaheim for subsidies, incentives, rebates and protections from future taxes while reaping huge profits.
The reports quoted and cited local politicians, including the mayor, Tom Tait, who said Anaheim had gone too far in accommodating the entertainment giant.
Disney responded by banning the paper from advance screenings for coming holiday season films – a ban which came to light last week when the paper explained the absence of previews for films such as Thor: Ragnarok.