Even the mighty mouse must scramble to toe the line for the pink mafia.
Shortly after a withering barrage of big-media coverage, Disney CEO Bob Chapek has expressed the gigantic entertainment company’s “unwavering commitment to the LGBTQ+ community” in a company-wide email obtained by Variety.
The coverage all called attention to the fact that Disney had not used its bully pulpit to condemn Florida legislation to ban homosexuality and “gender-identity” discussions from school classrooms. On top of that, an Orlando Sentinel report on Feb. 25 revealed that Disney has donated money to every single sponsor and co-sponsor of the bill, which slogan-loving media and pro-gay groups have called “Don’t Say Gay.”
The legislation was intended to stop public school employees from grooming young people and getting involved in their sex lives. It was passed by Florida’s House of Representatives on Feb. 24 and will soon be voted on by the Senate.
Disney and Chapek in particular were targeted by the press for a seemingly quiet stance on the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. “Chapek is staunchly opposed to bringing Disney into issues he deems irrelevant to the company and its businesses,” one source told the Hollywood Reporter on March 2.
Chapek appears to have been cowed by the rainbow torches-and-pitchforks mob. The company-wide email states: “In terms of our communities, we are and will continue to be a leader in supporting organizations that champion diversity. In 2021, we provided nearly $3 million to support the work of LGBTQ+ organizations. And, we have a long history of supporting important events like Pride parades.”