We the undersigned petition The Walt Disney Company, A+E Networks, Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC and the ABC Television Group, its partners and affiliates, to cease providing commercial sponsorship to and ownership of the Lifetime TV reality series Dance Moms. We believe that show portrays an unfair perspective of the dance studio industry and assists, in an economically challenged environment, to create an atmosphere non-conducive to the continued success of those who act responsibly in their methods of teaching dance to others beginning in early childhood through adult.
Disney’s Corporate Citizenship statement reads:
At Disney, we believe that being a good corporate citizen is not just the right thing to do; it also benefits our guests, our employees and our businesses. It makes the Company a desirable place to work, reinforces the attractiveness of our brands and products and strengthens our bonds with consumers and neighbors in communities around the world.
Three core principles help guide our daily decisions and actions:
- Act and create in an ethical manner, and consider the consequences of our decisions
- Champion the happiness and well-being of kids, parents, and families in our endeavors
- Inspire kids, parents, employees and communities to make a lasting, positive change in the world
We have in place a comprehensive, integrated approach to corporate citizenship, building on our established approaches for vital areas including the environment, community, workplaces and product development. As always, we place special emphasis on championing and inspiring our key audience of kids and families."
We believe that your sponsorship and ownership violates your own policy statements. The audience review statements here clearly state that many feel the show is abusive towards children and is an example of bullying. Many who have signed are public educators, who know the show violates the anti-bullying programs public schools promote on a daily basis in classrooms across the USA.
We encourage you to create a team to review the show and re-evaluate your current sponsorship and ownership of this program.
Thanking you in advance for your time and consideration,
Dance Studio By Design
A+E Networks is a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company. Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC is a subsidiary of A+E Networks and therefore the Walt Disney company owns Dance Moms.
Please support this petition. If companies, like The Walt Disney Company, understand that many in the dance studio industry find this show to encourage bullying in our society, they may consider cancelling their sponsorship and ownership and create a public awareness that not all dance studios or programs follow the paradigm portrayed in this reality television series.
Thanking you in advance for your time and consideration.