Disney is facing a huge amount of backlash after they have continued to push the company’s “woke” agenda, which includes sexualizing children.
The Sunshine State in particular, where Disney World is located in Orlando, is not having any of it and Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, is determined to bring the media giant to heel.
Disney decided to weigh in on legislation recently passed in Florida, a bill designed to allow parents to have a right in what their children are being taught in schools.
The “Parental Rights in Education” bill caused a wave of liberal screeching across the board and the Florida Gov. DeSantis had a harsh response to the reaction, after videos published by the Manhattan Institute fellow Christopher Rufo, appeared to show producers and executives discussing how they plan to add and continue adding LGBTQ and “queer” content into their productions.
One Disney executive, Latoya Raveneau, blatantly discussed her “not-at-all-secret gay agenda.”
“In my little pocket of Proud Family Disney TVA, the showrunners were super welcoming . . . to my not-at-all-secret gay agenda,” she said. “Maybe it was that way in the past, but I guess something must have happened . . . and then like all that momentum that I felt, that sense of ‘I don’t have to be afraid to have these two characters kiss in the background.’”
“I was just, wherever I could, adding queerness,” she added. “No one would stop me, and no one was trying to stop me.”
Disney CEO Bob Chapek has also stated that his company would legally fight against the “Parental Rights in Education” bill – barring teachers from teaching 5-year Olds about transgender issues and gay issues.
Those who support the bill, however, largely the Republican base, have said that topics of such nature is not at all appropriate for children in kindergarten, as they do not yet have the developmental capacity to fully understand the complexities of adult topics.
The company’s stance on fighting to continue sexualizing children, has caused a huge amount of backlash from GOP lawmakers, and Representative Jim Banks of Indiana said he will vote against Disney being allowed special copyright privileges and legal protections – when the vote comes around again in a couple years.
Rep. Banks told Fox News, “If [Disney] is going to attack the American laws put in place by duly-elected governors and representatives at the state level, then they don’t deserve all the special laws and protections that are granted to their company.”
Gov. DeSantis also told Fox News that he would consider revoking Disney’s “self-governing” status, which has been in effect for decades now, allowing the company to essentially operate as its own type of government, which includes its own police force and fore department.
“And so, the political influence they’re used to wielding, I think has dissipated. And so, the question is, why would you want to have special privileges in the law at all? And I don’t think that we should,” DeSantis said.
The New York Post reported:
“In 1967, Florida created the Reedy Creek Improvement District, a semi-private, independent governing entity controlled by Disney. It gave the company the power to approve construction projects for its theme parks as well as build and manage the necessary infrastructure to support its operations.”
The report adds:
The district was also empowered to levy its own taxes and then use the revenue to build public services and maintain roadways and bridges.
If the GOP-led state government repeals the law, Disney World and all of its properties would be regulated by Orange and Osceola counties in central Florida.
“Over many, many decades…they’ve gotten incredible treatment from the Florida legislature and they are treated on a pedestal, this one corporation is treated differently than everybody else,” DeSantis told Fox News.
“That’s not something I’ve ever supported,” he said. “But now in the Legislature, you see a movement to reevaluate those special privileges. And so, at the end of the day, I think Disney has gotten over its skis on this.”
“There’s policy disputes and that’s fine, but when you’re trying to impose a woke ideology on our state, we view that as a significant threat,” he added.