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DeSantis Puts ‘Woke’ Disney On Notice: I Won’t ‘Back Down’ From Defending Parents’ Rights Bill

DeSantis Puts ‘Woke’ Disney On Notice: I Won’t ‘Back Down’ From Defending Parents’ Rights Bill

“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 [woke gender ideology] injected into their kids’ kindergarten classroom.”

With the liberal mainstream media and the “woke” left continuing to meltdown over a Florida parents’ rights bill they’ve falsely dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill entering its third or fourth week, Florida-based corporations have been feeling the pressure to speak out against a bill that doesn’t say what its critics say it does.

Contra to what The Usual Suspects say, the bill does not ban saying “gay” in public school classrooms. What the most controversial part of the bill actually prevents, according to a plain reading, is “instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity” in grades K-3 “or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has also pushed back against the “Don’t Say Gay” characterization when asked about it by reporters:

There’s literally nothing about banning discussions about LGBTQ issues. It just says they need to be age and developmentally appropriate. The overall theme of the bill makes sure parents are absolutely part of the process and are not kept out of the loop when these topics come up in the classroom.

But because the left has made clear over the last couple of years that they don’t believe parents should have a say in their child’s education, and because everything starting from kindergarten on up has to be “woke” as far as the radical left is concerned, here we are with false narratives galore being spread far and wide about the bill.

Earlier this week, Disney CEO Bob Chapek and DeSantis spoke over the phone at Chapek’s request about the bill after Disney was criticized by the woke left including some LGTBQ Disney employees for not speaking out forcefully enough against it.

Apparently, the call didn’t go to Chapek’s liking, because he’s now saying he will meet directly with DeSantis to discuss it.

But if Chapek believes he’s going to persuade DeSantis against signing the bill into law, he’s got another thing coming. During a public appearance Thursday in Boca Raton, DeSantis went off on “woke corporations” like Disney, noting Disney, in particular, had “made a fortune” off of being family-friendly. Further, DeSantis pointed out that if Disney was really concerned with human rights issues, they wouldn’t have such a cozy relationship with Communist China.

“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 kids’ kindergarten classroom,” DeSantis remarked during the event. “They do not want their first-graders to go and be told that they can choose an opposite gender.”

“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. If that’s the hill that they’re going to die on, then how do they possibly explain lining their pockets with their relationship from the Communist Party of China?” DeSantis asked. “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.”

He concluded by stating that in Florida, “Our policies will be based on the best interests of Florida citizens, not the musing of woke corporations.”


If you’re a Republican legislator who has sponsored one of these types of bills or if you’re a governor who supports it, this is exactly the way you need to craft your response when the inevitable “outrage” starts. It happened here in North Carolina when the backlash by the NBA, Nike, and others started against the so-called “bathroom bill.” Republican legislators here and then-Gov. Pat McCrory made sure to first correct the false media narratives and also pointed out that all the CEOs doing the criticizing about alleged human rights issues with the bill didn’t have any trouble lining their pockets with CCP money.

Basically, it puts the ball back in the court of these corporations and lets people see that all their virtue signaling and posturing is disingenuous and shouldn’t be taken seriously.

DeSantis was in a unique position here in that the Florida bill is specifically related to parental rights when it comes to school instruction to young kids, and Disney is a corporation that specifically caters to families and children. Regardless of how that in-person meeting between DeSantis and Disney goes, Disney is going to have a hard time explaining to parents who have enjoyed taking their kids to Disney parks over the years why they’re opposed to a bill that protects kids and enshrines parental rights when it comes to discussions of sensitive topics in public school classrooms.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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A conservation of principles and principals. One step forward.

The only thing that matters is that as of February 28, 2022, there are now more than 89,000 Republican active voters then Democrats. At this rate, by Election Day it could be 250,000. Desantis knows this and the enemy of the people know this. This is all that matters.

People are sick of arrogant woke corporate elitist hypocrites lecturing them.

    ChayaLoo in reply to Olinser. | March 12, 2022 at 4:50 am

    And we’re sick of them abusing our babies!

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Olinser. | March 12, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    In the mid 80’s, I bought my young children every Disney movie that came out, Last year, I canceled Disney by incinerating every Disney movie and book, my grandchildren will not be exposed to Disney here. I am in all out revolt mode,

Disney is being foolish. This bill stops adults from discussing sexual topics with children in 3rd grade and younger. No responsible person would advocate that sexualized childhood is a good idea.

On another note, the voluntary or self imposed sanctions v Russia were a moment of stupidity for companies with a presence in China. They are, IMO, going to regret handing a club this large to their detractors. Just as with the furor over the GA voter security bill these corporations got over their skies in rushing to virtue signal. Every time China commits a provocative act towards Taiwan these corporations need to be hounded. ‘Does your Corp have an exit strategy from China if they attack Taiwan’; ‘What level of Chinese aggression is acceptable’; Will you change your expansion plans in China based on this latest provocation’. These and other questions should be hammered home until they hurt.

Baby Elephant | March 11, 2022 at 5:34 pm

With Disney announcing an end to all political donations in Florida, DeSantis should make a public statement that it appears that Disney expects a quid pro quo for their donations and launch an investigation into Disney as well as call on the legislature to end all tax breaks Disney is currently receiving.

The Gentle Grizzly | March 11, 2022 at 7:10 pm

Disney could punish Florida by closing their park in Orlando.

It’s a little disturbing that the Disney CEO is in favor of sexualizing children. Very disturbing.

    natdj in reply to Guardian79. | March 11, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    This is the same corporation that treats its employees like shit and pays them low wages. This should be their focus to focus on their own house.

      reverendken in reply to natdj. | March 15, 2022 at 5:42 pm

      Just look at how they financed movies way back when. Shell corporation that they bankrupted as soon as production was done, then they didn’t pay for ……….

Laws won’t eliminate leftist indoctrination in the government schools. The woke leftist products of the education schools will find ways to subvert the laws. And this bill protects only K-3 children. What about 3-12 children? Don’t they matter?

The only effective solution to the government schools is school choice.

My guess is that DeSantis knows this, and that this bill was designed to get the leftists to come out in favor of instructing K-3 children in gay sex and sex changes. It’s like “shave and a haircut” for Roger Rabbit – they can’t help themselves. It even works on a Disney CEO.

Here’s a very good read:

Why Government Schooling Came to America by C. Bradley Thompson

My own pet theory is that when he was in office oblunder used the justice department for many things. One was in settlements doj would have the corporations give money to a favored left wing organization. Much nicer and far easier than having to go out and try to get donations.
The other thing I speculate on (don’t have the time to check it out) is that using their coercion they managed to get board members on these corporations. The results being what you’re seeing now with the work corporations. I’m probably wrong, but when my proxy votes come in I’ve been looking into political donations by board members and see a disturbing amount of left wing causes.
Now this may be a simple case of ceo’s not really believing in competition because then they have to spend money to improve their products or their competitors are beating their brains out. But I have seen a slew of left wing dems getting very high paying director slots.

    Danny in reply to 4fun. | March 12, 2022 at 10:50 am

    The timing doesn’t work a lot of these corporations went woke after Obama left.

    A better explanation is the University and the Public school system which Republicans chose to ignore while shouting “MUH REALWORLD MUH BIG GOVERNMENT”. Ignoring the education system and letting leftists control it exclusively has consequences.

I believe Disney just endorsed pedophilia by its very public action, and I believe it is entirely intentional. They have been drifting towards sexual deviancy for a decade and it is now a corporate philosophy.

Children are naturally modest for a GOOD REASON!

holy crap . . . I think we just found our generation’s successor to woke/broke Washington politics. Forget Trump . . . he is our next President.

*Governors don’t have “protected” (R+6, D+7) districts — they have to deal with legislators from the other party, and voters who are R/I/D, etc.
*Governors have to run balanced budgets — much harder to buy votes from constituencies when one actually has to look at tax revenues.