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Literature / The Mouse Betrayed

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Disney: The Mouse Betrayed is a book about corruption in The Walt Disney Company. It covers everything from brutal hazing rituals involving assault and molestation at the firehouse at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World to the old accusation that The Lion King (1994) plagiarizes Kimba the White Lion.

This book contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Amusement Park of Doom: The book reveals that Walt Disney World's accidents are twice the industry average.
  • Manipulative Editing: The author has been roundly criticized by Media Matters for America as having "a disreputable history of reporting marked by errors and retractions", with numerous reporters excoriating him for facts that "do not check out", sources that "do not exist", and a basic failure to practice "Journalism 101". Thus, the book should be most probably be taken with more than a pinch of salt.
  • Moral Guardians: The authors come across this way in some of the less horrifying chapters, such as when they're complaining about Disney owning companies that distribute R-rated films.
  • Shown Their Work: The firehouse assault and molestation stories are backed up in the book by copies of police records.


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