In Defiance of DeSantis, Disney Inks New Deal With Top Chinese App

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Disney has been going toe-to-toe with conservatives about their relationships with liberal-based groups like Black Lives Matter. In their never-ending conquest to make Disney woke and remove any possible controversy from old pieces, they have removed entire films from their catalogs, and heavily edited what remained. With DeSantis speaking out against drag queen story hour and other LGBTQ agenda drivers the company features, their leadership seems ready to defy conservative values at the drop of a hat.

Enter the Chinese app TikTok.

Despite being banned on government phones, and the ongoing suit in the state of Montana about the app, they are driving forward with their plans to expand into Disney. Offering the House of Mouse a massive deal, and they are rolling out the red carpet for features. They’ll be able to watch exclusive Disney videos, create their own music videos, use Disney special effects, play unique trivia games, and collect what they are calling “Character Cards” of their favorite stars.

Announced as part of Disney’s 100th anniversary celebration, this is their newest and top-of-the-line deal. One that includes a lot more than their “Premier Pulse” program currently offers. In a statement, Asad Ayaz, chief brand officer of The Walt Disney Company, encouraged the app and why they made the deal. “TikTok has become a go-to destination for Disney fans to create, engage, and connect around their favorite Disney films, shows characters, and experiences, so we’re thrilled to partner with them as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the company.”

No word on filters to look like the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, or his twin Winnie the Pooh.