Disney faces major backlash, branded ‘dumb’ and ‘homophobic’ for canceling popular show

The Walt Disney Company is being seriously called out to fans for its recent actions.

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It’s well known by now that Disney has shifted its focus from traditional cable TV offerings such as the once-popular Disney Channel to their new golden hen, the Disney+ streaming platform.

Amidst this transition, The Walt Disney Company has failed to transfer beloved franchises (with significant fanbases) – for reasons that are largely monetary in nature, but also potentially for branding reasons. “family” (we will have in the accusations of homophobia later).

The Owl House Teaser Disney Channel music video, Luz Noceda (left), Hunter (center), Gus Porter (right)
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A prime example of this happening would be the animated television series The owl housecreated by Dana Terrace, who just got its third and final season after being unceremoniously canned – its final season limited to just three episodes – whose massive and vocal fan base was (and n is) not satisfied.

Recently a small (and we mean tiny) split-second-long clip was released as part of a larger Disney Channel promotional teaser, and the internet went absolutely wild (clip timestamp at oo:30).

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@nunumy took to Twitter to share his thoughts on it – and their tweet garnered over 50,000 likes in about a day, really driving home the huge following behind this franchise, and the thoughts that people have to Disney as a company:

Disney really canceled a show that could send half of Twitter into a frenzy with a random 0.5 second ass clip

@nunumy followed up this tweet with an even simpler appeal, stating how “stupid” they think Disney is for the cancellation The owl house:

my tweet was just a comment on disney’s stupidity for canceling such a popular show

If people are still confused, @nunumy clarified the situation with this answer:

@runaroundmacy: I’m sorry, maybe I missed something? I looked at the clips in the thread and I don’t see anything that would be controversial? I heard rumors but can someone explain to me exactly what happened?

(in response) @nunumy: Disney canceled the owl house a while ago because it “didn’t fit their brand”. its final (and shortened due to cancellation) season aired its first episode in October, and a 0.5-second clip was released. this little clip was enough to get TOH trending on twitter

All of this is consistent with what The owl houseThe Terrace showrunner shared during a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) that Disney execs “just wanted to get it over with” the show, even getting the “consolation” episodes was difficult:

They just wanted to be done with TOH [The Owl House] and this was the perfect opportunity to do so. Even getting the Consolation Season 3 episodes was apparently difficult. Hard to say, I wasn’t allowed to be part of conversations until I was just… Said. I was not even allowed to present my case.

@JasonPa92477991 responded to the original tweet, expressing his thoughts on Disney’s decline and its baffling decisions:

The Disney channel has lost more than 2/3 of its viewers and is canceling everything the remaining viewers want to watch.
The MCU is losing people fast (shows included), Starwars stuff isn’t popular and I only know of 2 shows they are currently airing with strong fans

While @RL3004 shared this (and included a reference to Spongebob for good measure):

Everyone: Why would you cancel such a popular show? A 2 second clip was literally by far the main takeaway for an entire video that wasn’t even linked to it? This is driving Twitter crazy, looks like a waste of money?

Disney: The inner workings of my mind are an enigma.

@Iglagoolagos added to this sentiment:

They canceled it before season 2 even aired. They didn’t give it any chance to grow and really prove itself, even though it had already gained a dedicated fanbase that could grow astronomically over the years. during season 1 alone.

And guess what? IT MADE!!!

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@Kyez0ar also criticized the “business side” of companies:

The corporate side of companies don’t make the worst fucking decisions ever an impossible challenge

Additionally, the show’s LGBTQ+ elements were also an integral part of the discussion, with The owl house being the first-ever Disney show to officially introduce its main characters’ foes-friends-lovers romance, with the bi-leader becoming pals with her once-rivals throughout the series. In addition, The owl house also introduced Disney’s first non-binary character, and was overall a well-animated and fun fantasy adventure for school-aged children and teens.

Also weighing in on the LGBTQ+ nature of the show, @Iglagoolagos added:

Disney hated associating its brand with a queer protagonist, whose romance with another girl was a major part of the plot.

This undermined their ability to sell a minor background character mentioning they were gay once as a great portrayal.

@YURIGF refers to “Lumity” which is the portmanteau of the relationship for characters Luz Noceda (Sarah-Nicole Robles) and Amity Blight (Mae Whitman), stating that if the gay relationship didn’t exist, Disney “would deal with this shit 10 seasons”:

@MightyWario_ was more succinct, sharing:

homophobia, literally no other explanation

The owl house Creator Dana Terrace puts it all into perspective, saying it’s all down to ‘a few business people’ determining what ‘fits into the Disney brand’ and the show ‘not [fitting] the likes of it” – a criticism that has been leveled frequently at The Walt Disney Company lately for being too money conscious:

Ultimately, there are a few businessmen who oversee what fits the Disney brand and one day one of those guys decided that TOH didn’t fit that “brand”. The story is serialized (LITTLE compared to any average lmao anime), our audience is older, and it just didn’t fit that guy’s tastes.

What do you think of the fan reaction to The owl house be canceled by Disney? Share your opinion in the comments below!

Javier E. Swan