You might have heard of that little film studio, Disney? Well, it turns out they reportedly don't like investigations into their business dealings. Very surprising, and so unlike a mammoth media company.
The L.A. Times published a long article which investigated their practices and how they may try to curry favor with council members in Anaheim, the city where their California theme park is based.
As you can imagine, Disney loved this kind of exposure. So much so that shortly after the publication of the article, the L.A Times announced that Disney had not had their press accreditation approved for their latest film, Thor: Ragnarok. Disney claimed that they had "showed a complete disregard for basic journalistic standards"
The L.A. Times published a statement saying, "The annual Holiday Movie Sneaks section published by the Los Angeles Times typically includes features on movies from all major studios, reflecting the diversity of films Hollywood offers during the holidays, one of the busiest box-office periods of the year. This year, Walt Disney Co. studios declined to offer The Times advance screenings, citing what it called unfair coverage of its business ties with Anaheim. The Times will continue to review and cover Disney movies and programs when they are available to the public."
But of course, this being is the golden age of boycotting, this wasn't the end of the matter
In response to the attempted blacklisting by Disney, other media outlets protested that they wouldn't be covering Disney films until the ban was revoked.
The backlash went one step further today when four groups of prominent film critics announced they would bar Disney films from awards consideration.
What's next, Disney?
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.