“Smoking never brought the world to a standstill.”
BURBANK, CA — As we continue to quarantine ourselves in our office in Svalbard, we’re hearing news that Disney is hard at work adding cigarettes back into the various photos of Walt Disney.
It’s no secret that Disney (the company) worked hard at trying to cover up Walt’s smoking habit. Many historical photographs of Walt Disney were altered to remove tobacco products. But with Covid-19 shutting down all public activity, Imagineers have determined that maybe smoking isn’t so bad after all.
Are there photos of Walt with a virus?
Disney (the company) spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation) shared with us the thoughts behind this change. “It was when we were enjoying an Asia-region takeout meal that we had the realization that smoking never brought the world to a standstill. So we thought, why keep trying to hide from the shame of Walt’s past, and embrace it. After all, it’s not the Chinese Virus! Oh no, don’t print that. Quit taking notes. Stop! Interview over!”
Our inside source says all of the photos will be updated by the time the parks open again. Many of the photos will be used to decorate the parks’ “All Smoking All the Time” areas. We expect thousands of visitors to flock to these photos to take a photo, to share on a photo-sharing website.
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Cover photo: Someone strongly resembling Walt Disney holding some kind of smoldering stick. Photo by Fototeca Storica Nazionale./Getty Images.