The Walt Disney Company will reportedly spend $52.4 billion to acquire a substantial portion of the 20th Century Fox media empire. According to Variety, the purchase will include the film studio (and its subsidiaries); a cable package that includes the FX Networks, National Geographic, and several sports and international channels; and Fox’s shares of the streaming service Hulu and the European satellite broadcaster Sky, among other properties. (The company will keep its broadcast network as well as many of its local and national cable channels, including Fox News, so tell your MAGA grandparents not to worry about corporate bosses making Sean Hannity be nice to gay people.)
In other words, the giant entertainment conglomerate that already controls an insane portion of our filmed and television entertainment – including not only the Disney company and its many arms, but Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, the ABC television network, ESPN, A&E, The History Channel, Lifetime, and various local stations – will now control even more of what we put in our eyes and ears. But it’s probably noting to worry about; I mean, it’s not like this is a company that just blackballed a major news organization for reporting a story they didn’t like.
And even if that were a concern, hey, who cares about a free press or media monopolies when YOU CAN PUT X-MEN AND AVENGERS IN THE SAME MOVIES, AM I RIGHT?!?!