Chance the Rapper’s Song on Disney Holiday Special Is Causing Controversy

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ABC and Disney Parks brought the magic of the holidays into the comfort of our homes, directly from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California thanks to The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration.

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration aired on ABC last night, November 28, and included performances from Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Gwen Stefani, and more. But one performance is getting a bit more buzz than others, and that’s Chance The Rapper’s “The Man Who Has Everything”.

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Towards the end of the night, Chance the Rapper came back for a second performance — this time singing his song, “The Man Who Has Everything”. If you have never heard the song before, Rolling Stone previously reported:

“The Man Who Has Everything” is, kind of, a Christmas song. Chance wants kids to learn about Jesus before Santa and is “tryna turn Confederate flags into confetti strings.”

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Some felt as though the The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration was not the place for Chance the Rapper to perform this song, causing some backlash on social media. Twitter user Raymond McCue said:

Nothing says coming together for Christmas like Chance the Rapper spouting slanted BLM narratives on the ABC Disney Holiday Special

To which Twitter user @OregonBroncos replied:

Chance the rapper is weak and just messed up Disney land with his negativity

And user Boring Guy simply Tweeted:

Lol chance the rapper at the Disney parade

Others, however, loved Chance the Rapper’s performance and are happy with his decision to sing “The Man Who Has Everything”. Twitter user Domenico de Fazio said:

Chance the rapper preforming “the man who has everything” just made watching “the wonderful world of disney: magical holiday celebration” worth it.

And Instagram user @pao_parra18 expressed his favorite line from “The Man Who Has Everything” and is happy to hear Chance the Rapper perform the song on the ABC Disney Holiday Special, commenting:

“Don’t teach your children about Santa before you teach them about Jesus” my favorite line 

Another Instagram user, @fit4la, weighed in simply commenting:

Great job tonight! 🙌🏿

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It is worth noting that this isn’t the first time Disney has found itself involved in the periphery of the BLM movement. Lucasfilm, The Walt Disney Company, and Star Wars director JJ Abrams all expressed support for actor John Boyega’s involvement in Black Lives Matter protests in London in 2020.

A full list of performances from The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration include:

  • Julianne Hough and Ariana DeBose – “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and “Holiday” medley
  • AFTR PRTY – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and “Winter Wonderland” medley
  • Jimmie Allen – “Silent Night”
  • Kristin Chenoweth – “(Everyone’s Waitin’ For) The Man with the Bag” and “Jingle Bell Rock” mash-up
  • Darren Criss – “Happy Holidays / The Holiday Season” medley
  • Brett Eldredge – “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
  • NEEDTOBREATHE and Switchfoot – “Hometown Christmas”
  • Norah Jones – “Christmas Calling (Jolly Jones)” and “Blue Christmas” medley
  • Gwen Stefani – “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” and “Jingle Bells”
  • Sebastián Yatra – “Dos Oruguitas” from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” medley

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration aired on ABC last night, November 28, but is currently available to stream on Hulu.

What did you think of Chance the Rapper’s performance of “The Man Who Has Everything” on The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration? Let us know in the comments below.

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