May 6 2004

Michael Eisner Has To Go

Michael Eisner has to go. It is official. No matter how you look at it, the man has become an unqualified dunce. The man DID, at one time, do great things for the Disney corp, but now he is not even a shadow of his former self. The kicking out of Roy Disney. The loss of Pixar. The nastiness with the Comcast takover bid. The laughable box office returns on “The Alamo”. He has lost his mind.

Now comes Michael Moore. You may not agree with the man (sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t), but the idea that Disney has told it’s Miramax arm that it can’t release “Fairenheit 9/11” is just mind numbing. Michael Moore’s movies have ALWAYS been profitable. Spell it with me Mikey..P-R-O-F-I-T-A-B-L-E. You know, what “Home On The Range” and “The Alamo” both weren’t? What ABC isn’t? Mikey needs to go back to accounting class and see that turning down a sure fire profit, when in his current condition, is just idiotic. Not only has he lost profit, he has bought himself more negative press than you can count.

SO why is he turning down Michael Moore’s new film? Well the story that is circulating is because it is critical of the Bush family. Where is Disney World? In Florida. Who is Governor of Florida? Jeb BUSH. So apparently Mikey is afraid of a backlash on the landmark theme park. Well first off, the Governor can not wave his hand and just punish them with taxes. Secondly, would the Governor be dumb enough to harm the state’s cash cow industry of tourism? It is doubtful. Jeb is already on thin ice after the 2000 Election debacle, would he want to get himself more bad publicity? Doubtful.

If it sounds like I am rambling, it’s because I am. The amount of stupidity in this story is literally jaw dropping. The movie WILL see the light of day somehow, and Mikey will then have even more egg on his face for letting a profitable movie slip through his fingers for fear of phantom consquences.

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