Well, we knew it was only a matter of time before Disney crossed the line and reoffended someone. Despite going out of their way to capitulate to the mob lately, an offensive joke slipped past the censors and right onto the pages of Disney Dining (who then offended me by spelling ‘apologizes’ wrong in their headline).
Disney Appologizes Over “Offensive Joke”
Disney recently apologized for a joke they made in an internal newsletter. A dad joke is a regular feature in Stay Connected, the internal newsletter for Disney General Entertainment. This time, however, it seems the joke of the day offended people in not just one but two different ways!
The joke said, “My four-year-old son has been learning Spanish all year, and he still can’t say the word “please” which I think is poor for four.” They later sent out an apology after apparently receiving complaints about the play on words stating, “In today’s Stay Connected newsletter, there was an inappropriate joke. It was never our intention to marginalize a language or a young person’s learning skills, and we apologize to anyone offended. We strive to maintain a sense of belonging and uphold our belief in diversity, equality, and inclusion within the company. We will do better.”
It’s unclear exactly who was offended by the joke or if Disney was simply attempting to be proactive by issuing the apology. The original memo and apology both made their way to Twitter, and as usual, Twitter had some thoughts on the matter.
You’ll have to click over to read what Twitter had to say but I agree that Disney needs to “do better”, especially when it comes to offensive jokes. That one was lame.
Do better, Disney.
What do you think? Was this a lame joke? Should Disney do better next time? Let me know in the comments!