Disney Removes Pogo Tracks from Lamplight Lounge Playlist

This past weekend, Disney California Adventure’s new restaurant Lamplight Lounge was the source of controversy as fans on social media took issue with some the music played at the Pixar-themed eatery.

  • Lamplight Lounge’s playlist reportedly included tracks from Disney remixer Pogo (AKA Nick Bertke).
  • As The Verge reports, earlier this year, a video of Bertke espousing homophobic beliefs surfaced.
  • Among the many offensive statements made by Bertke in the clip, the remixer asserted that the Pulse nightclub shooting, which left 49 people dead, was “fantastic.”
  • Bertke maintains that the video has been taken out of context.
  • When news of Pogo’s inclusion on the park’s playlist emerged, several Twitter users — including @commondisneyfan and @dlthings — urged Disney to remove the songs.
  • Within hours, screenshots taken of direct messages from the @DisneylandToday account confirmed that the restaurant had altered the loops to remove Pogo’s songs.

  • This isn’t the first time Disney has made changes to their park’s following controversies outside of their control. In 2015, Disney’s Hollywood Studios removed a bust featuring Bill Cosby after allegations of sexual assault emerged against the TV star.
  • Reaching even further back, Disney and the Florida Citrus Commission severed ties with Anita Bryant after the “Orange Bird Song” singer became a prominent anti-gay rights advocate.