Ron DeSantis says Disney has joined a false narrative regarding a bill about LGBT education in grade schools there — while also noting … he’s not backing down from making it law.
The Florida governor lashed out Thursday against what he called yet another “woke” corporation — aka, Disney — for trying to torpedo his party’s efforts in passing HB 1557 … which has also been colloquially dubbed as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
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
During an event in Boca Raton, DeSantis said Disney isn’t gonna make him cave on the issue — namely, he’s going to sign it for what he says is the best interest of families … going on to point out what he sees as hypocrisy from a company that touts wholesome values.
ICYMI … Disney caught a lot of backlash last week for initially staying quiet (at least publicly) on the bill, which has become a lightning rod of controversy for months now. Eventually, though, the Mouse House’s CEO, Bob Chapek, said they screwed up on that front.
“We were opposed to the bill from the outset, but we chose not to take a public position on it because we thought we could be more effective working behind the scenes.” — Chapek’s comments on the “Don’t Say Gay” bill + his call to DeSantis from today’s DIS shareholder’s meeting. pic.twitter.com/Ewn83goa5h
— Kirsten (@KirstenAcuna) March 9, 2022
Chapek said Disney had always opposed the bill, but didn’t want to take a position on it, as he and leadership apparently thought they could do more BTS — via lobbying and/or just through their content … some of which has been viewed as LGBT-friendly, especially lately.
But, after being rebuked by his own employees, he apologized … saying Disney would, in fact, publicly oppose the bill — and even expressed Disney’s concerns to DeSantis personally.
In a new email to employees, Disney CEO Bob Chapek apologizes for the company’s “silence” regarding Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill:
“You needed me to be a stronger ally in the fight for equal rights and I let you down. I am sorry.” pic.twitter.com/4px8AQbFhS
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) March 11, 2022
This clip is basically DeSantis’ response to Disney’s balancing act … and to everyone else who’s up in arms about this, it seems. He’s defiant, and doubled down on this sentiment in an email sent out to donors and supporters shortly thereafter — again invoking “woke.”
As far as what the bill actually says and what would become the law in the Sunshine State, it’s worth a read in full. While there are different sections and components, the big sticking point has to do with what students in kindergarten through 3rd grade can or can’t learn.
Essentially, this will ban classroom instruction — either from a teacher themselves or a 3rd-party — on sexual orientation and/or gender identity in those earlier grades — while allowing for “age-appropriate” learning in higher grades … with parents looped in at every juncture.
For some, this is being viewed as potentially discriminatory and dangerous — although RDS insists … it’s just giving parents a right to have a say on what their kids are taught.