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March 27, 2023

Fired Woke "Gay Latina" Victoria Alonso Threatens Legal Action Against Disney; Disney Says She Committed a Clear Breach of Contract

I mentioned that Alonso is a "gay Latina" (not "Latinx," bigot?) because her own lawyer is apparently making the case on just that. That Disney "silenced a gay Latina."

Another wokie using her sexuality as a sword and her race as a shield.

Disney fired her, they claim, because she breached her contract. Disney had an exclusive deal with her, but she produced the film Argentina 1985 for a rival studio. That's a breach right there. Disney then told her not to promote that film or any other rival studio's films. But she went out on the red carpet and promoted the film anyway.

Disney fired her, citing this as their reason.

This is what her lawyer calls "silenc[ing] a gay Latina."

After being fired from her longtime role as Marvel's VFX and postproduction president, Victoria Alonso is ready to fire back against claims about why she lost her job. Patty Glaser, Alonso's attorney, issued a Friday statement to Variety denying that Alonso was fired because of her role as a producer on Argentina, 1985. Instead, Glaser claimed that her client was "silenced" by Disney. (And no, she made no mention of the highly criticized visual effects in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.)

The Hollywood Reporter first reported that Alonso's involvement in Argentina, 1985 -- which Amazon Studios helped produce -- breached a contract she signed with Disney in 2018 that prohibited work with company competitors. THR claimed the veteran exec was given a pass under the condition that she would stick to Marvel projects moving forward and not promote any other work. Allegedly, Alonso's decision to promote Argentina, 1985 anyway caused her exit. "The idea that Victoria was fired over a handful of press interviews relating to a personal passion project about human rights and democracy that was nominated for an Oscar and which she got Disney's blessing to work on is absolutely ridiculous," Glaser responded. "Victoria, a gay Latina who had the courage to criticize Disney, was silenced."

What they're suggesting -- and Midnight's Edge agrees with this -- is that the breach of contract is just a pretext for the firing, not the real reason.

Midnight's Edge points out that as far as pretexts for firing go, this is a bulletproof pretext. If you're exclusive with one studio you're not allowed to work with another or promote a rival's films, period.

But they also agree that the bulletproof pretext was used to hide the more serious reasons for firing.

Like the fact that she went out on the red carpet to attack Disney for not being pro-gay enough, and bragging about how she browbeat Bob Chapek into getting into an extremely costly fight about the Parental Rights in Education bill. Which the Midnight's Edge people think cost them "billions" or even "tens of billions" due to the loss of control over the Reedy Creek district.

Several outlets have suggested this is a reference to Alonso's comments at the 2022 GLAAD Awards, where she called out Bob Chapek, then CEO of Disney, out for his handling of Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill. Reportedly, she was told after the awards ceremony that she could no longer do press for Marvel.

And apparently she kept talking to the press -- another breach. Or maybe not a breach, but an act of insurbordination against a superior giving her a direct order to stop dragging the company into her private political battles.

More here. Citing a report from Puck...

The report points out that Disney could have simply paid her out for any number of reasons, according to the recent backlash against Marvel VFX in the public eye. According to Puck's Matthew Belloni, the dispute first came up in mid-2021 while renegotiating Alonso's contract, with Disney discovering she had been producing Argentina, 1985 for Amazon Studios, a direct competitor.

"Disney's Alan Bergman and Marvel's Kevin Feige were super annoyed at yet another example of Alonso prioritizing her personal endeavors over the company, and the bad precedent it would set for other Disney executives"

Despite this breach, Disney granted leeway to Alonso due to her tenure at Marvel Studios and allowed her to keep her name on the project as long as she didn't promote it. In the following months, Alonso would give an interview to Indiewire about the project, as well as attend the BAFTAs in London. These incidents are what ultimately led Disney to let Alonso go.

It's just breach after breach with this bitch, and then she whines that as a Gay Latina she should be allowed to do whatever her ugly heart wills.

Note that bit about "they could have paid her out" (or paid her off). Apparently Disney did not give her a big pay-out on the way out the door, or she would not be risking it by threatening to sue Disney and attacking them.

It was reported that everyone was present at her termination.

Who do I mean by everyone?


Legal and human resources were all present. Disney seemed to imagine that this was going to be a non-amicable separation, and had all their legal and DEI ducks in a row for the firing.

Her lawyer claims that she was "terminated when she refused to do something she believed was reprehensible."

What could that mean? Spread suntan lotion on Bob Iger's luscious manly thighs?

The lawyer refused to add details, but the Midnight's Edge guys talked about this. I don't think they actually said it, but the feeling I got from them is that maybe Alonso refused to fire any of her LGBT employees. Iger had ordered the firing of 7000 people, and among those the first to go were many HR people. It might be that Alonso said "over my dead body" will any of the wokies and DEI advisors and "sensitivity readers" at Marvel be fired.

And then she was.

That's all speculation. They don't know themselves, and they didn't even say that; I'm just guessing that they were driving at that.

The lawyer continued making threats:

"Disney and Marvel made a really poor decision that will have serious consequences," Glaser concluded. "There is a lot more to this story and Victoria will be telling it shortly -- in one forum or another."

Other reasons for firing Alonso, as noted by the Midnight's Edge guys:

Alonso is in charge of special effects, and Marvel's special effects have gotten weaker and weaker, to the point now where people are openly mocking them.

Alonso is also in charge of physical production, and Marvel movies have gone greatly overbudget lately, requiring costly extensive reshoots.

Marvel movies have just generally been underperforming. Alonso, as Marvel's #2 executive, bears responsibility for that.

Combine the dwindling box office with the exploding production cost and you have a problem.

Alonso has also repeatedly alienated Marvel's largely straight male fandom by injecting woke politics into everything, including musing that the name "The X-Men" is outdated and sexist, and that Marvel might change the name of the group to "The Mutants" or "The X-People." She is also seen as a big advocate for the M-She-U -- Marvel's remaking itself into a mostly-female-skewing franchise.

The last big reason for firing her is that they had to fire someone, so it was either fire her or fire Feige. And they still have faith that maybe Feige can make a movie people will want to see again -- if they get rid of this woke scold, who, they're hoping, is the main problem here. I think they're hoping that this aggressive, butch woman was able to ride roughshod over this weak, retiring, feminine geek Kevin Feige, and he just wasn't man enough to tell her "No." So they think maybe without her there, the division can return to profitability.

But Kevin Feige has frequently championed the "M-She-U," so I don't think Disney will get out of its funk just by firing Alonso.

A lot of people are now saying that Marvel Phase IV just proves that Feige wasn't actually the guy making the trains run on time at Marvel. Rather, it was people like Jon Favreau and James Gunn and the Russo Brothers. They've left Marvel now, and we can see how well Marvel's doing without them.

In more bad news for Marvel: Jonathan Majors, who is intended to be the Thanos of the next few years in Marvel movies, was arrested and charged for being a Big Bad Guy in real life, specifically of slapping around his girlfriend. And "strangulating" her.

The actor Jonathan Majors was arrested Saturday in New York on charges of strangulation, assault and harassment, authorities said. On Sunday, an attorney for Majors said there's evidence that he is "entirely innocent."

New York City police said that Majors, star of the recently released "Creed III" and "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania," was involved in a domestic dispute with a 30-year-old woman. Police responded around 11 a.m. Saturday to a 911 call inside an apartment in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea.

"The victim informed police she was assaulted," a spokesperson for the NYPD said in a statement. "Officers placed the 33-year-old male into custody without incident. The victim sustained minor injuries to her head and neck and was removed to an area hospital in stable condition."

A representative for Majors denied any wrongdoing by the actor.

"He has done nothing wrong," the representative said in an email to the AP on Saturday. "We look forward to clearing his name and clearing this up."

On Sunday, an attorney for Majors, Priya Chaudhry, came out more forcefully, saying Majors "is provably the victim of an altercation with a woman he knows" and blamed the incident on the woman having "an emotional crisis."

Chaudhry said there was evidence clearing Majors, including "video footage from the vehicle where this episode took place, witness testimony from the driver and others who both saw and heard the episode, and most importantly, two written statements from the woman recanting these allegations."

The woman may have recanted, but that happens all the time in domestic violence situations. The prosecutor is apparently continuing the prosecution. I don't think they would do so if the video proved he was innocent.

But who knows.

The US Army had hired Majors to do recruiting commercials, but those ads have now been pulled.

The arrest of actor Jonathan Majors has upended the Army's newly launched advertising campaign that was aimed at reviving the service's struggling recruiting numbers.

Majors, who authorities said was arrested Saturday in New York on charges of strangulation, assault and harassment, was the narrator of two ads at the heart of a broader media campaign that kicked off at the start of the NCAA's March Madness college basketball tournament.


In a statement Sunday, the Army's Enterprise Marketing Office said that the Army was aware of Majors' arrest and was "deeply concerned by the allegations." It added that while Majors "is innocent until proven guilty, prudence dictates that we pull our ads until the investigation into these allegations is complete."

He may be innocent. He was the one who called the police. The woman could have been having an "emotional crisis" and hit him until he responded.

But for now, this is just more bad news for the Gang Who Couldn't Shoot Straight at Disney Marvel.

One of the Midnight's Edge guys said that Victoria Alonso urged the hiring of majors and "personally vouched" for him.

So maybe a little delayed-fuse bomb from the Gay Latina destroyer of franchises.

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