The first two National Treasure movies, though not great by any means, were fun. Starring Nicholas Cage and a reasonably solid cast, they were adventurous, exciting, and made for some great memes.
Well, as was done with Star Wars and most of its other IP, Disney flushed that legacy down the toilet with a woke new version of it. That was the Disney+ show “National Treasure: Edge of History.” Here’s the trailer:
The mystery-adventure series premiered on the streaming service in February. Predictably, it had a predominantly female and diverse cast, starring Lisette Olivera, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Zuri Reed, Antonio Cipriano, Jordan Rodrigues, Jake Austin Walker and Lyndon Smith. It has already been canceled.
Why? Well, it was woke. Very woke. In fact, it seems like it was written and designed as a long, virulent anti-white attack. Such is what The Washington Examiner noted in its description of the many woke themes of the show as well, reporting:
Unfortunately, like much of the content Disney releases nowadays, the show is filled with left-wing cultural platitudes and propaganda. The series stars Lisette Olivera as Jess Valenzuela, a 20-something living in Louisiana, who gets entangled in a hunt for a hidden Native American treasure. Valenzuela is a “DACA child.” The show repeatedly mentions how she could be unfairly deported from the country at any moment because of this.
The rest of the cast seems to feature a member from every racial, social, ethnic, and economic demographic possible in the country, and they make sure to regularly let the audience know it. And while the “good guys” are a bunch of diverse, multicultural groups of friends, all the “bad guys” in the film are of European heritage, including the series antagonist Billie Pearce, an affluent crypto queen and black market historical artifact dealer, portrayed rather unconvincingly by Catherine Zeta-Jones and all of her henchmen. If the Left’s diversity, equity, and inclusion could be a cinematic representation, this show would be it.
It even included a major plot twist in which a mysterious evil leader, referred to as “Salazar,” thought to be the brains behind the show’s most sinister points and believed to be Mexican, naturally, turned out to be a white male. And, the Caucasian cadre of the movie’s villains was after an indigenous treasure solely so they could destroy it — a not-so-subtle metaphor.
So that was terrible and fans hated it, though we’ll see if Disney learns. So far, instead of learning from the woke flops and just making better content, it has instead laid off thousands of employees already and plans to lay off thousands more, as The American Tribune reported, saying:
Walt Disney Company has now started its second round of 203 layoffs. They began on Monday, with the company planning on laying off thousands more as it seeks to slash operating costs as America appears to be headed into a recession.
Fox Business reported that the company plans on cutting “several thousand” jobs this week through Thursday and was predicted, as CEO Bob Iger told Disney’s employees in a March memo that the company’s next two rounds of cuts would take place first in April and then again “before the beginning of the summer.”
Fox Business added that about 4,000 employees have been affected so far. That includes both Monday’s layoffs and the first round of cuts.
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