Drama with Trump, Disney over "Hall of Presidents"
Drama with Trump, Disney over "Hall of Presidents"
Donald Trump Is Fighting With Disney World Over Hall Of Presidents Robot
28 June, 2017, 19:27
Disney has always collaborated with the president on the final speech.
Disney and President Trump's team has reportedly been fighting over the president's speech for theme park's famous The Hall of Presidents exhibit. In a tradition that started with the Clinton administration, imagineers work with incoming presidents to write and record a non-partisan message of unity.
Disney isn't the only one anxious about Trump's place in the Hall of Presidents.
Since then, there's been significant speculation about what role Trump would play in the hall, which has been updated with new presidents since Richard Nixon in the early 1970s and offered a crucial speaking role to every sitting president since Bill Clinton. Ever since President Bill Clinton, sitting US presidents send audio recordings of themselves lavishing nonpartisan praises on the glory of America.
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That, of course, leaves Disney in a lurch: President Trump could end up delivering a long-winded, freaky speech that doesn't fit in with the rest of the robot Presidents.
The current President, whomever they happen to be, are given a starring role in the show, featuring a narrative script voiced by the President himself. One source close to Disney's imagineering department described the dilemma to Motherboard in May.
The delay was due to wrangling with Trump representatives over what would be said in the speech. We're writing this speech. And that would mean Disney would be forced to edit or change the speech, or rewrite it altogether-or even reopen the attraction with no President Trump. "You guys have no input on this'". Even if Trump were to lend his voice to the ride, it's hard to choose what kind of inspiring all-American slogans would fit. The words "President Trump" seem ridiculous enough. Given Trump's position that modern America is trash, in need of racial cleansing and longing for resuscitation by the white billionaire class, Disney faced a dilemma in how to incorporate his character. A source told Motherboard that "Disney officials are bending over backwards in an effort not to be seen as disrespectful towards President Trump", out of fear the president will tweet about the conflict and call on conservatives to boycott Disney World ("the company's biggest fear").
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