Well, that didn’t take long. Earlier today, the New York Times joined the growing list of media outlets boycotting advance press screenings of Disney films, in solidarity with their colleagues at the Los Angeles Times. In retaliation for a two-part investigative article the L.A. Times had published last month detailing the complicated business ties between Disney and the city of Anaheim, CA (home of Disneyland), Disney had instituted an media blackout on L.A. Times film critics, barring them from press screenings starting with Thor: Ragnarok. And nobody, not even Disney’s own directors, felt good about that shit:
Saluting the film journalists standing up for one another. Standing with you. https://t.co/M9Fs22vv4L— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 7, 2017
Now, the NY Times reports that Disney has lifted the ban, amidst growing and vocal backlash from the industry. In a statement, Disney said:
We’ve had productive discussions with the newly installed leadership at The Los Angeles Times regarding our specific concerns, and as a result, we’ve agreed to restore access to advance screenings for their film critics.
Well alrighty then. I guess everything is ok, and nobody will ever remember this little “freedom of the press”-suppressing episode. The good news is that Pajiba can now announce that, in light of the L.A. Times getting their press access reinstated, we will be opening up next year’s Pajiba 10 rankings to include Disney talent once again. Will Chadwick Boseman take the top spot? Be sure to vote next summer, assuming Disney doesn’t commit anymore fuckery we need to take a stand against.
Admit it. It was that Pajiba threat that really made all the difference.