The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the largest Catholic civil rights organization in America, produced a documentary about Disney and its content that is increasingly inappropriate for its target audience – families and children. The documentary, Walt’s Disenchanted Kingdom, was released to multiple platforms but there is one where the film can’t be seen without jumping through hoops.
The almighty and popular YouTube has thrown a hurdle in the documentary’s way and slapped it with an age restriction. No one under 18 can watch. Catholic League CEO and cable news contributor Bill Donohue revealed in a CNS News piece he and his organization were notified on January 31 that their documentary violated the site’s community guidelines.
YouTube, Donohue wrote, “Perversely…slapped an age restriction on our movie,” made “to alert the public to Disney films that are inappropriate for children, and for the company’s decision to subvert parental rights.” The social media and content giant said Disenchanted Kingdom “may not be appropriate for viewers under 18.” Donohue and the League appealed but didn’t get far.
YouTube representatives would turn around later on in the same day and reply, “We reviewed your content carefully, and have confirmed that it violates our Community Guidelines.” They “stuck to their guns” but did not specify what guidelines were violated. Categories of age restriction include child safety, drug abuse, nudity/suggestive content, violent/graphic content, and vulgarity.
“We violated none of these standards,” Donohue said. However, he added, “Conveniently, YouTube also has a catch-all standard, one which is so vague and subjective that it can be imposed on any video they personally find objectionable.” While the content doesn’t violate a policy, per se, it could still be deemed inappropriate for underage viewers simply because “it may not be.”
“In short, they really only need this one ‘policy,’ as their more objective measures can simply be disregarded,” Donohue observed. He continued, “The hypocrisy is stunning. We are trying to protect children from being exploited by those who want to sexually engineer kids in grades K-3— ages 5-8—and we are being restricted from getting our message out to the public!”
YouTube has a history of obstructing and banning content and creators based on the most minimal and superficial criteria. Their reasons are often arbitrary or political but even film reviews that are under fair-use protection get flagged for copyright violations. These practices have led to an exodus of creators to a growing plethora of alternative sites such as Odysee and Rumble.
Walt’s Disenchanted Kingdom is available on the latter as well as the film’s own website and Amazon Prime. The 50-minute feature, released on Jan. 23, comes with a disclaimer and includes appearances by Donohue, Dr. Ben Carson, and Miranda Devine.
“Has Disney lost its way?” the synopsis questions. “Experts and insiders analyze the once-beloved family-friendly brand’s controversial politics and the impact on children and families.”