Gay grooming Disney forced to say it will help repeal Florida’s new parental rights law

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The mighty Walt Disney Company has been forced into a corner, forced to either defy and condemn a state where it has deep and historic roots or … enrage gay activists who want to groom young children.

Decide, Disney.

When Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill that foes call “Don’t Say Gay” on March 28, Disney issued a proclamation vowing that it would help to repeal the legislation. This was after Disney employees demonstrated against the company earlier in March for not opposing Florida’s common-sense, child-protecting resistance to gay grooming more vociferously, and after it emerged that Disney leadership was toning down homoerotic content that its artists and other creatives were inserting into Disney and Pixar content.

Disney’s statement is brash, even if it is careful to promise nothing: “Florida’s HB 1557, also known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, should never have passed and should never have been signed into law,” the statement reads, as reported by Variety. “Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that. We are dedicated to standing up for the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family, as well as the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country.”

Straddle that fence, Disney. People are on to you.

Earlier this month Disney CEO Bob Chapek felt a lot of heat for not somehow fighting the legislation in Florida, where Disney has a major presence. He also had to answer for a report that the company has donated to the bill’s sponsors. Variety reported that gay and gay-supporting Disney employees sent Chapek and other company leaders a letter requesting the company “issue a public statement condemning anti-LGBTQIA+ policies in the U.S.”

When Chapek did issue a public statement, which claimed the “biggest impact” Disney can make “in creating a more inclusive world is through the inspiring content” it produces, he sparked outrage for taking a soft stance.

At a shareholders meeting amid the fracas, Chapek announced that Disney would pledge $5 million to the Human Rights Campaign and other LGBTQ rights organizations, also saying he would meet with Gov. DeSantis to discuss Disney’s “concerns” about the new law.

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