BREAKING: Disney CEO attacks anti-grooming law, ‘DeSantis position hasn’t changed’
After a backlash against the entertainment giant when they said they would not speak out about Florida’s new anti-grooming law that prevents activist teachers from indoctrinating K-3 students in ideology of the genre, Disney proposed a meeting with Governor Ron DeSantis. The Walt Disney Company, which has a large presence in Florida, decided to oppose the proposed parental rights in education bill.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek said that in addition to meeting with DeSantis to weigh in on state legislation, passed by both houses of Florida’s congress, and despite not being an elected leader in Florida , Disney would donate $5 million to Human Rights Watch, an organization that promotes medical gender transition among children. This includes puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and genital surgery.
Chapek said their original approach, of letting elected Florida leaders make decisions for the people of Florida who elected them to do just that, “didn’t get the job done.” Chapek informed shareholders of this plan, CNBC reports.
“I know many are upset that we didn’t speak out against the bill,” Chapek told shareholders. “We were opposed to the bill from the start, but chose not to take a public position because we felt we could be more effective working behind the scenes, engaging directly with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. ‘alley.’
“We hoped that our longstanding relationship with these lawmakers would lead to a better outcome, but despite weeks of effort, we ultimately failed,” he continued.
The bill, dubbed by Democrats a “don’t say gay bill” to an extreme extent of propaganda aimed at undermining parental rights, severing child-parent ties and allowing activist teachers to indoctrinating young children into gender ideology, is now facing Disney’s wrath. Disney is one of the largest employers in the state.
Chapek and DeSantis spoke by phone on Wednesday. A statement on the appeal was released by Florida Press Secretary Christina Pushaw. “The governor’s position has not changed,” a statement read.
“Disney is a family business that creates wholesome entertainment for children,” read a statement from the governor’s office. “The same Florida parents who take their family to Disney also support parental rights in education because they don’t want their young children exposed to inappropriate content about sex and gender theory in school. “
Chapek said he was “disappointed” with the governor and also appears to have totally misunderstood the bill.
“I called Governor DeSantis this morning to express our disappointment and concern that if the legislation becomes law, it could be used to unfairly target gay, lesbian, non-binary and transgender children and families,” Chapek said. “The Governor heard our concerns and agreed to meet with me and the LGBTQ+ members of our senior team in Florida to discuss ways to resolve this issue.”