I write to you today not as a political partisan attempting to yank you to one side of the aisle or other, but as an American citizen, a citizen who is gravely concerned about your up and coming production "The Path to 9/11".
The attacks on September 11th were not attacks against Republicans or attacks against Democrats. They were not attacks against a particular school of thought. They were attacks on the American people, on every citizen- every man, woman, and child in this country. Each anniversary of 9/11 reminds us all of the struggle we went through as a country that day, and how we all came out of it on top, more determined than ever to move our country forward. As the years pass, individual recollections of that day will fade, and as the sands of time replace one generation with the next, they will eventually disappear. All that will be left will be the historic accounts- the writings, the photographs, the speeches, and above all, the movies and documentaries which will present the reality we experienced firsthand to generations yet to come. In the same way I rely on historical records to detail the significance of Pearl Harbor, an event which occurred before I was born, coming generations will look to productions like "The Path to 9/11" as a tool to teach them about the past.
Thus it is of great importance that as Americans we keep this in mind when we write the historical accounts and records of fact that describe what may have been our nation's greatest tragedy. Recollections of September 11th should not be altered to convey a reality different from the one we actually experienced. Sometimes it seems like all is fair in love and politics, but September 11th exceeded the bounds of anything political. Neither the anniversary of this day, nor any other day, should be used to broadcast a modified description of what really occurred before, during, and after those towers fell.
While I understand that Disney holds creative license dear, and does not wish to infringe on the right of anyone's free speech, there is a time and place for speech about fictitious recollections of 9/11, and that place is not the public airwaves, and that time is not the anniversary of this tragic event.
There is no need for me to repeat the specific reasons why this broadcast should not air as it stands, as these reasons have been brought to your attention by many. But I urge you that when considering whether or not to air this program, when taking to heart all of the aspects involved, you hold the conscience of your corporation in higher regard than anything else. Disney may be a company and it may be represented by various interests, business and political. But Disney is also American. And with that comes the responsibility of helping to properly define historic American events for centuries to come.
As a past and current consumer of Disney products, I too have a responsibility. And should Disney fail to live up to its responsibility, there is no doubt that I will never again contribute to the problem- I and my family will refrain from purchasing Disney products, visiting Disney theme parks, and I will take any other steps I can as a consumer for as long as it takes for Disney to correct historic record, should you refuse to correct it now.
I thank you much for your time and your consideration of my words.