by Anura Guruge
I don’t think I could be accused of being wrong if I assert that Disney World is an epitome of ‘Americanism‘ and that Disney World stands for all that is right, glorious and magical about being American.
Disney, quite rightly, goes to great lengths to promote its Americanism and twice during our sojourn through the Magic Kingdom I heard commentary, accurate at that, of Walt’s patriotism and his indelible love of American Life.
So, I was shocked to the core, saddened and distressed when we visited Disney World Epcot and found the the iconic Globe, ‘Spaceship Earth‘ that deals with the evolution of human communications and the Nighttime illumination cum fireworks spectacular, ‘IllumiNations’, is sponsored and FEATURES, German, scandal-ridden Siemens!
That is NOT right.
To me that was a resounding slap in the face.
Yes, I am sure that 93% of those visiting Epcot will not even notice because Siemens has little to NO name or brand recognition in the U.S.
Let me please throw some names at you: IBM, Intel, Cisco, Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, GE, Honeywell. Now lets add Siemens to that mix. Does it even compare?
I take umbrage to this sponsorship deal on 4 points:
1. Siemens, at best, is a 2nd-tier ‘technology’ company; it is an engineering entity not known for innovation and is NOT in the same league as megastars like IBM, Cisco, Intel, Apple, Google …
2. Having been actively involved in ‘communications’ since 1974 I cringed going through the ‘Spaceship Earth’ exhibit BECAUSE Siemens was NEVER a big player in communications, and as such when we got to 1970s and the ‘modern era’ of electronic communications we had to endure generic displays of computers and networks because Siemens is NOT a player and never was.
3. Siemens is very much a German company known for its tight collaboration with the Nazis — even thought to be responsible for building gas ovens!
4. Siemens is plagued by corruption!
It is NOT a wholesome company, à la IBM or any of the U.S. biggies, that YOU want associated with Disney.
Here are some exhibits:
OF COURSE, there had to have been BRIBERY!
Siemens wouldn’t know how to conduct business otherwise.
So who was bribed at Disney?
I am calling upon the ‘Feds’ in the broadest terms to PLEASE investigate.
I would like a Congressional Hearing on this PLEASE.
This is not right.
Leaving Epcot, after the fireworks on Thursday night, I saw ‘Siemens’ projected on the Globe.
I nearly choked.
As far as I am concerned they might as well have projected a swastika!
This is WRONG. This is scandalous.
This is so Un-American. This is so Un-Disney.
I am sure Walt, in his frozen state, would still agree with me.
The Disney contract must have an ‘unwholesome’ clause.
Now that they have been convicted in 2008 …
use that clause to pull out of this despicable sponsorship.
Please help me put this right.
I want Epcot to be sponsored by the likes of IBM, Intel, Cisco, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, eBay …
Is that unreasonable?