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Disney brand employees staged nationwide walkouts over the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community despite the fact that the Florida “Parental Rights in Education” bill is actually aimed at keeping small children from being exposed to explicit adult topics.
“The recent statements by The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) leadership regarding the Florida legislature’s recent ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill have utterly failed to match the magnitude of the threat to LGBTQIA+ safety represented by this legislation,” an open letter from Disney employees reads, according to NBC News.
“Primarily, those statements have indicated that leadership still does not truly understand the impact this legislation is having not only on Cast Members in the state of Florida, but on all members of the LGBTQIA+ community in the company and beyond,” the letter continued.
“We have been forced into an impossible and unsustainable position. We must now take action to convince TWDC to protect employees and their families in the face of such open and unapologetic bigotry,” it goes on to assert.
A tip for Disney: your employees who think it's ok to talk to 5-year-olds about sex without their parents' permission are making themselves known today. Perhaps you should show them the door for the safety of your customers. https://t.co/ZRZfgxiE2P
— Joel Berry (@JoelWBerry) March 22, 2022
Statements were issued on Tuesday by many of Disney’s biggest brands supporting the walkouts, including the Walt Disney Company, FX, Hulu, and ESPN. The Walt Disney Company is made up of Disney Corporate, Disney Television Animation, Lucasfilm, Pixar, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, Disney Streaming, Enterprise Finance, Enterprise Technology/Global Information Security, and Bento Box.
Disney-owned Marvel has also issued a statement condemning the bill, stating, “Today, we pledge to continue our strong commitment as allies who promote the values of equality, acceptance and respect.”
Disney CEO Bob Chapek has previously apologized to LGBTQ+ employees for not being a “stronger ally” in standing against the bill even though what it entails is not teaching sex-related subjects to very young children in school. Many parents don’t want transgenderism and gay issues pushed on elementary-aged students. Chapek has vowed to halt all political donations in Florida to conservatives over the issue.
The CEO’s attempt at placating the woke mob was not enough. Now they reportedly want him booted from Disney.
Disney has been around almost a century and has power and money we can’t comprehend. Why they bow to tiny woke mobs to avoid controversy is beyond me. They’re too big to fail in that regard.
— Derrik Behler (@DPGBehler) March 22, 2022
These people are so stupid. They are up in arms over something they don’t even understand.
— Steven H🇺🇸🌈 (@Kalelnpcb) March 22, 2022
“[The Walt Disney Company] must reaffirm the company’s commitment to protecting and advocating for its LGBTQIA+ staff, even in the face of political risk,” read the statement from employees.
“[The Walt Disney Company] must take responsibility for their inaction to protect the rights of LGBTQIA+ children and their families by making substantial contributions to The Trevor Project and other human rights advocacy groups in an effort to regain our trust in the company’s inclusion and equality effort,” it added in extortive terms.
The bill passed before Chapek prostrated himself in front of LGBTQ groups. It prohibits teachers and staff from teaching topics such as sexual orientation or gender identity to students in kindergarten through the third grade. The bill gives parents further access to their children’s education and health records. It also makes way for parents to sue their child’s school district if they believe the policy is violated.
The leftists are enraged over it but Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has signaled that he will sign the bill into law.
“When you have companies that have made a fortune off being family-friendly and catering to families and young kids, they should understand that parents of young kids do not want this injected into their kid’s kindergarten classroom,” DeSantis told reporters earlier this month.
“You have companies, like at Disney, that are going to say and criticize parents’ rights, they’re going to criticize the fact that we don’t want transgenderism in kindergarten in first grade classrooms,” he added.
In a video exclusively obtained by @FoxNews Digital. @GovRonDeSantis slams #Disney saying “In Florida, our policies got to be based on the best interest of Florida citizens, not on the musing of woke corporations.” pic.twitter.com/Op87xgsLzB
— Kelly Laco (@kelly_laco) March 10, 2022
DeSantis went on to blast Disney for refusing to condemn human rights abuses in China, where the entertainment giant does a great deal of business, adding, “in Florida, our policies got to be based on the best interest of Florida citizens, not on the musings of woke corporations.”
Disney affiliations that support the walkout are numerous.
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We stand with our LGBTQIA+ colleagues, storytellers, families, friends, and fans who are targeted by laws that marginalize and diminish their identities and lives. We remain committed to telling inclusive stories that unite us and celebrate the diverse LGBTQIA+ community.
— Hulu (@hulu) March 22, 2022
— FX Networks (@FXNetworks) March 22, 2022
DCappella stands with the LGBTQIA+ community. pic.twitter.com/bPHBTixssY
— Disney's DCappella (@DCappellaMusic) March 22, 2022
We stand in solidarity with our LGBTQIA+ employees, creatives, families, friends, and allies. We proudly advocate for equality, inclusivity and above all, denounce legislation that infringes on the basic human rights for the LGBTQIA+ community and all underrepresented voices.
— Onyx Collective (@OnyxCollective) March 22, 2022
Disney Music Group stands with the LGBTQIA+ community. pic.twitter.com/J6xvVPV930
— Disney Music (@DisneyMusic) March 22, 2022
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) March 22, 2022
We'll continue to partner with organizations that support the LGBTQIA+ community, be accountable where we fall short of expectations, and never stop telling stories about LGBTQIA+ athletes, like the ones that we’ll be sharing in this thread.
— ESPN (@espn) March 22, 2022
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