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An initial boycott of the Disney Company 1,2 was organized by the Catholic League. 3 They objected to a movie "Priest" which had been released by Miramax Co. in 1995. A year later, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), disturbed at Disney's equal treatment of heterosexuals, bisexuals and homosexuals, threatened a boycott. 4 Later that year, the Assemblies of God started an independent boycott. It was motivated by a wide range of concerns: a book, a movie, and theme park policies. 5 In 1997, the SBC initiated its boycott. 6,7This was joined by a number of other agencies and denominations: one Muslim, two Jewish, one mainline Christian denomination and dozens of conservative Christian faith groups. By 2001-MAR, these boycotts remained in place, but are not particularly visible in the media.

Various of the boycotts were terminated in 2005.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet Original boycotting groups (Reasons for the boycott, Assemblies of God, Catholic League)
bullet Subsequent boycotting group (Southern Baptists) 
bullet Other groups supporting the Baptist boycott
bullet Further developments (Opinion poll, events, the "Buycott", termination of the boycott, etc.)

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  1. The CEO of the Disney Company can be reached at: Michael Eisner, c/o The Walt Disney Company, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521-1010. You can leave a recorded message at (818) 560-2413.
  2. You can send an Email to:
    bullet Disney at:
    bullet The SBC at: [email protected]
  3. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has an essay on Disney at:
  4. A copy of the 1996 SBC resolution is at:
  5. The Assemblies of God has a 1996 press release about its Disney boycott at:
  6. Lou Irwin, "Southern Baptists vote Disney boycott: 'Gay-friendly' policies bashed", Times-Picayune, 1997-JUN-19, at
  7. "Southern Baptist Boycott of Disney is Unprincipled Hypocrisy" Post-Tribune, Gary, IN, at:

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Original essay split into a menu and 3 essays: 2000-NOV-28 for size reasons
Latest update: 2006-JUL-29
Author: B.A. Robinson

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