DeSantis slams ‘woke’ Disney after CEO condemns mother and father’ rights invoice


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Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis slammed the Walt Disney Firm as “woke” on Thursday after the corporate got here out in opposition to a Republican-led parental rights invoice within the state that progressives have claimed is anti-LGBTQ.

Chatting with supporters in Boca Raton, DeSantis stated there may be “zero” likelihood he will reverse his place on disallowing the instruction of “transgenderism in kindergarten classrooms.”


“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,” he stated.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses a joint session of a legislative session, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses a joint session of a legislative session, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla.
(AP Picture/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

“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 continued. “If that’s the hill they’re going to die on, then how do they possibly explain lining their pockets with their relationship from the Communist Party of China? Because that’s what they do, and they make a fortune, and they don’t say a word about the really brutal practices that you see over there at the hands of the CCP. 

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“And so in Florida, our insurance policies received to be primarily based on the very best curiosity of Florida residents, not on the musing of woke firms,” he added.

The Parental Rights in Education bill bans Florida school employees or third parties from giving classroom instruction on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” in kindergarten via third grade.

The bill, which handed the state Senate Tuesday after passing the Home final month, has been dubbed the “Don’t Say Homosexual” bill by Democrats who falsely claim it bans any discussion pertaining to being gay in the state’s schools. 

Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke out against the bill for the first time Wednesday in the company’s annual shareholder meeting, during which he announced Disney would be donating $5 million to LGTBQ groups.

Bob Chapek of Disney talks during the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 8, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

Bob Chapek of Disney talks through the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Video games Orlando 2016 at ESPN Broad World of Sports activities on Could 8, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.
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“I understand that many are upset that we did not speak out against the bill,” Chapek stated, FOX 35 Orlando reported. “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, working with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.”

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“I called Gov. 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 kids and families,” he stated.

Chapek stated the governor was “very open” to listening to his issues.

“Governor DeSantis has always been open to hearing from Floridians and having conversations about legislation – as long as those discussions are grounded in facts, not false media narratives,” DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw stated in a press release. “The governor’s position has not changed.”

In this photo from Feb. 24, 2022, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers remarks at the 2022 CPAC conference at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando.

On this photograph from Feb. 24, 2022, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers remarks on the 2022 CPAC convention on the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando.
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DeSantis is predicted to signal the invoice, which the White Home has condemned as “hateful,” “horrific,” and “a form of bullying.”

“Why are Florida leaders deciding they need to discriminate against kids who are members of the LGBTQI community?” White Home press secretary Jen Psaki stated throughout her Wednesday briefing. “What prompts them to do that?  Is it meanness?  Is it wanting to make kids have more difficult times in school, in their communities?”

President Biden slammed the invoice as “hateful” in a tweet final month.

The Parental Rights in Schooling doesn’t point out the phrase “gay,” nevertheless it does prohibit classroom instruction on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” with kids in third grade or youthful, “or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”

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The invoice additionally requires college districts to notify a scholar’s father or mother if there’s a change “in the student’s services or monitoring related to the student’s mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being and the school’s ability to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for the student,” and it prohibits colleges from “encouraging a student to withhold” such info from a father or mother.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks on the Conservative Political Motion Convention (CPAC) Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.

The invoice additionally offers mother and father a path for recourse, requiring colleges to answer a father or mother’s issues inside 7 days, and the college should resolve these issues inside 30 days. If the problem will not be resolved, mother and father can then sue the college district or request the state Commissioner of Schooling appoint a particular Justice of the Peace to mediate an answer, which the college district should pay for.

The invoice doesn’t ban informal dialogue of subjects regarding sexual orientation and gender identification within the classroom. It additionally doesn’t require colleges to inform mother and father if their youngster comes out as homosexual or transgender, and it doesn’t require colleges to inform mother and father of knowledge concerning the coed’s psychological, emotional, or bodily well-being “if a reasonably prudent person would believe that disclosure would result in abuse, abandonment, or neglect.”


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