Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated in an announcement on Tuesday that the Walt Disney Company has “crossed a line” after it announced its plan to invalidate the Florida law known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. This was officially approved into regulation on Monday.
Since Disney Owned ABC criticised the coverage of the bill. DeSantis said in a press conference in Tallahassee on Tuesday that “For Disney to come out and put a statement and say that the bill should have never passed and that they are going to actively work to repeal it, I think one was fundamentally dishonest, but two, I think that crossed the line.”
In recent months this bill has become a topic of national controversy. It prohibits the discussion and public school teaching of sexual exposure to children under the age of 5 to 9 years. The bill was condemned by Disney after the silence of CEO Bob Chapek over the bill, causing the employee of the company to walk in protest.
Disney announced on Monday that the company has planned for the abolition of the regulation
The Walt Disney Company, which has the state’s largest employers, said through a messenger that the bill “should never have passed and should never have been signed into law” and the pledge has been taken to fight its enactment. The company is devoted to fighting HB 1557’s enactment.
The spokesperson added that the initial goal of the company for the law is to be repealed by the legislature or clasp down in the court and they remain devoted to assisting the National and state institutions working to achieve that.
DeSantis explained the logic of the second point. “For them to say that they’re going to work to repeal substantive protections for parents, as a company that’s supposedly marketing its services to parents with young children, I think they crossed the line”.
“State is governed by the interests of the people”
He said that the State is governed by the interests of the people of the state of Florida. It is not based on the demand for California corporate executives. The state is not run by them and it is also not controlled by them.
A shot at the criticism Disney faced in regards to its relationship with Xinjiang was taken by DeSantis where Disney’s 2020 movie Mulan was filmed. Uyghur Muslims are facing substantial human sovereignty questions and Intimidation in the region of Xinjiang, a part of China.
The governor continued that he also guessed it was interesting. He discussed with the Speaker of the [Florida] House yesterday afternoon, and he said At the time of putting the bill through the house, they were not called by Disney, never called him. No issues were raised by them (Disney )when it was going through. If there was such a violation, why weren’t they speaking one’s minds at the outset?
A fact was confirmed by the governor’s office substantiated in early March that DeSantis declined to speak of getting into a conversation with Disney diplomats about the ordinance weeks back.
An apology to LGBTQ was issued by Disney which was initially quiet on the subject of the bill. LGBTQ faced a backlash and announced that the company was curtailing subsidies to all negotiators in Florida.
Other states follow DeSantis’ lead
“We will make sure that parents can send their kids to school to get an education, not an indoctrination,” the governor said, per the AP.
Other states are also proposing the same legislation, including Georgia where the production has a large entertainment presence.
The bill says that “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students by state standards.” Parents would be able to sue over violations.
The bill was also referred to at the Oscars on Sunday by co-host Wanda Sykes and Jessica Chastain after winning the best actress prize for The eyes of Tammy Faye.
Chapek originally refused to examine the bill arguing that “as we have seen time and again, corporate statements do very little to change outcomes or minds.” but after facing a negative reaction from the public he conceded to understanding that our political approach, no matter how well-intentioned, didn’t quite get the job done. He also put a halt on the company’s “political giving in Florida and beyond,” as Disney was condemned for past payments to key supporters of the bill.
Chapek’s forebear, Bob Iger, was vocal against the bill. He wrote on Twitter on 24th February that it would “put vulnerable, young LGBTQ people in jeopardy.”
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