welcome to disneys world

Disneyland, Disney World, and Euro Disney sound like magical places,places that conjure up only fond memories and images of the true'American' culture.Disney has taken this culture to all corners of the world showing the wonders of our great society, right? Disney's movies are some of the top grossing films, the toys are selling off the shelves, and if you look at bus full of preschoolers, a large number of them are bound to be wearing a piece of clothing donning a Disney character.The hand of Disney has grabbed hold of our children, but what do we really know about this stranger?Disney is a large multi-national corporation with its eye on financial success.This success drives this company to exploit the resources and people of other nations while maintaining an image that is respected within the American society.Not only does Disney exploit other cultures, it also produces films, supposedly idealizing'American values',that consistently contain racism, sexism, homophobia, and ethnocentrism thereby exploiting our own.
Sweat-shops are not a new issue in international business.We,as North Americans, have become painfully aware of the exploitation taking place in numerous counties.However, it is more disturbing when a corporation that has established itself on its values and a commitment to children is paying twelve years old girls seven cents in developing countries an hour to make pajamas for twelve year olds in North America. The hypocrisy in this situation is painful.A company that is teaching our children values is practicing business transactions that are immoral and unethical.Corporate Watch revealed on their website that in Thailand, Disney contractor The Eden Group, fired 1,145 of their own workers in order to take advantage of lower cost subcontractors, 10 of which were found to employ child labor. It was also shown that Disney is supporting the Burmese military dictato…

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