Disney just got clobbered for bullying the Los Angeles Times

Disney just got clobbered for bullying the Los Angeles Times

Disney just got clobbered for bullying the Los Angeles Times

The New York Times joined a growing media boycott of Disney movies, saying in a statement that it will not attend screenings of Disney films until the company restores access to the Los Angeles Times.

Now people are wondering: Will the two most prominent awards ceremonies hosted by critics and entertainment journalists - the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe Awards and the Broadcast Film Critics Association's and Broadcast Television Journalist Association's Critics' Choice Awards - be the next to slap back at Disney?

Several film critics online have expressed that they're supporting the move by not attending screenings of Disney films.

Disney's punitive measures against the Times led to many outlets refusing advance coverage of the studio's films, including The New York Times and The A.V. Club. "A powerful company punishing a news organization for a story they do not like is meant to have a chilling effect".

The lifting of the blackout follows an outpouring of solidarity for the Times after the paper's film coverage was blacked out by Disney due to a story that examined the business relationship between the company's flagship Californian theme park, Disneyland, and the city of Anaheim. "This is a unsafe precedent and not at all in the public interest".

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"Disney's response should gravely concern all who believe in the importance of a free press, artists included", the critics said in their statement.

The New York Film Critics Circle will vote on its annual awards Thursday, Nov. 30; the Los Angeles Film Critics Association will vote Sunday, Dec. 3; the Boston Society of Film Critics will vote Sunday, Dec. 10; and the National Society of Film Critics will vote Saturday, Jan. 6.

Meanwhile, the Television Critics Association, which also gives out awards (and now is chaired by THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg), issued a statement on Tuesday denouncing Disney for taking "punitive action against journalists for doing their jobs", but not declaring any retaliatory plans.

We regularly work with news organizations around the world that we don't always agree with, but in this instance the L.A. Times showed a complete disregard for basic journalistic standards.

Studios commonly offer these screenings so critics have time to write their reviews at least a day before a movie debuts, allowing readers to read the reviews before deciding whether to see a movie on its opening night. Effective immediately, reporters and critics from the paper will again have access to Disney screenings. "We've had a long relationship with the L.A. Times". The Washington Post's Alyssa Rosenberg wrote yesterday that she will not be going to advance screenings of Disney films so long as Disney continues to impose this ban.

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