Disney Tried To Be Nice And People Just Naturally Assumed They Were Being Evil
We've pretty much accepted that, like most things lurking under a guise of childlike innocence (including some actual children), Disney is evil. From spying on children to backstabbing Robin Williams, their dickishness only ends where their losses begin. They're especially known for ruthlessly protecting their copyrights, down to strong-arming fans who post pictures of their own Star Wars toys. As such, when the official Disney+ Twitter account announced plans for some special May the 4th content and solicited fan memories for inclusion, people lost their shit.
It was the language in that second tweet that caused what we would call a stir if we weren't afraid Disney would claim it was a reference to their spinning teacups. Although it's fairly clear that the disclaimer applies only to tweets sent to Disney+, people interpreted it to mean that Disney was trying to claim ownership of an entire hashtag. They later had to clarify that yes, they only meant replies to their own tweet, because come on, guys. Even they aren't that brazen.
Normally, we'd be on the side of reading comprehension, but Disney is the least honorable entity that's not actively wearing a ski mask and pointing a weapon at you. Go ahead and jump to that nice, bouncy, safe conclusion that whatever they're doing, it's shady as hell. After all, it wouldn't be the first time they've pulled a bait and switch on fans. They've given their audience such trust issues that even when they actually try to include them, they run away screaming about scary mice lawyers. It's a classic "Boy Who Cried Wolf" situation. Wait, does Disney own that too?
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