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Disney Employee: Cast Members Who Support Parental Rights ‘Far Outnumber Those’ Protesting It

Disney Employee: Cast Members Who Support Parental Rights ‘Far Outnumber Those’ Protesting It

Employees wrote, “TWDC has fostered an environment of fear that any employee who does not toe the line will be exposed and dismissed.”

Jose Castillo, a Disney employee and Florida Republican Congressional candidate, said cast members who support the Parental Rights in Education bill far outnumber those protesting it. From Fox News:

“There is immense pressure to toe the company line,” Castillo told Fox News Digital. “However, the reality is that those drawing attention to this issue are in the minority. The Disney cast members who support the parental rights defended by HB 1557 far outnumber those who are protesting against it.”

Castillo claimed that “Disney and similar corporations listen to the loudest voices in the crowd,” even though the “silent majority” of employees disagree. “That is why I am standing up for our shared conservative values; to show other conservative cast members like me that we need to speak up and stand strong.”

The bill that passed does not allow classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in grades third and younger. You can discuss these things but nothing instructional.

Most importantly it does not ban the word “gay.” The left went crazy calling it the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Disney blasted the bill.

Then we find out Disney is pushing a “not-so-secret gay agenda” in children’s programming.

Castillo is correct. Other employees signed a letter begging Disney to remain politically neutral. I don’t blame them for staying anonymous:

However, over the last few years, one group of cast members has become invisible within the company. The Walt Disney Company has come to be an increasingly uncomfortable place to work for those of us whose political and religious views are not explicitly progressive. We watch quietly as our beliefs come under attack from our own employer, and we frequently see those who share our opinions condemned as villains by our own leadership.

The company’s evolving response to the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” legislation in Florida has left many of us wondering what place we have in a company actively promoting a political agenda so far removed from our own. TWDC leadership frequently communicates its commitment to creating an inclusive workplace where cast members feel comfortable sharing their perspectives and being their authentic selves at work. That is not our workplace experience.

Over the last few weeks, we have watched as our leadership has expressed their condemnation for laws and policies we support. We have watched as our colleagues, convinced that no one in the company could possibly disagree with them, grow increasingly aggressive in their demands. They insist that TWDC take a strong stance on not only this issue but other legislation and openly advocate for the punishment of employees who disagree with them.

The letter mentions an internal poll taken “a few months ago asking us if we felt accepted in the company.” A lot of the employees did not complete it because they worried the “nature of the questions” would make them targets since they didn’t go along with the so-called progressive ideas.

“TWDC has fostered an environment of fear that any employee who does not toe the line will be exposed and dismissed,” wrote the employees.

The employees aren’t even asking the company to swing to the right. They just want Disney to remain neutral. That way everyone can feel welcome and included:

Furthermore, as this politicization makes its way into our content and public messaging, our more conservative customers will feel similarly unwanted. You can only preach at or vilify your audience for so long before they decide to spend their money elsewhere.

CEO, Bob Chapek had the right idea in his original statement that he has since walked back. In Chapek’s own words, “As we have seen time and again, corporate statements do very little to change outcomes or minds. … Instead, they are often weaponized by one side or the other to further divide and inflame.” Disney is far more important and impactful to the world by avoiding politics than it will ever be by embracing a political agenda. By focusing on entertainment that inspires us with stories of universal appeal, we are doing good in the world.

Disney shouldn’t be a vehicle for one demographic’s political activism. It’s so much bigger and more important than that. More than ever, the world needs things that we can unite around. That’s the most valuable role The Walt Disney Company could play in the world at this time. It’s a role we’ve played for nearly a century, and it would be a shame to throw all of that away in the face of left-wing political pressure. Please don’t let Disney become just another thing we divide over.

What did Andrew Breitbart say? Oh, yeah. Politics is downstream from culture.

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I estimate conservative Disney cast members and liberal cast members are probably closer to 50/50.

    Peabody in reply to Peabody. | March 31, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    “Well,” you ask, “Where did you get that figure?” From the same source that said Putin’s advisors are keeping him in the dark.

Every day – every hour – this Neo-pedophilia masquerading as ‘LGBT’ rights gets even more out of control. The DailyMail reported this morning that a school nurse in CT (I think) has been suspended because she acknowledged that there are children – as young as age 11 – being given ‘puberty-blockers’ without the knowledge much less consent of the child’s parents. Can you imagine? To make matters worse, she wasn’t suspended because she gave these kids puberty blockers. She’s suspended because she talked about it publicly. This is insanity.

There is no place you can help your kids escape from this nonsense. It’s embedded in every aspect of children’s programming and in their schools.

    henrybowman in reply to TargaGTS. | March 31, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    How did we as a society get (within 20 years) from one that would not allow a school nurse to give a kid even an aspirin, or to take his/her own prescription meds during the school day without explicit paperwork permission (plus you have to keep them in the nurse’s office, not your backpack)… to a society where the school decides it can pump your kid full of bullshit drugs without anyone else’s permission?

      Milhouse in reply to henrybowman. | March 31, 2022 at 3:45 pm

      We didn’t. A kid still can’t take an aspirin without all the bullshit. Or a vitamin pill. It’s only this poison that they can take as much as they want of, without telling the parents.

      It’s like the way in CA a kid can’t get a tattoo, or her ears pierced (I think), without her parents’ permission, but she can have an abortion without even letting them ever find out about it.

      Martin in reply to henrybowman. | March 31, 2022 at 3:51 pm

      Still can’t give the aspirin although it would be Tylenol or Advil now because of Reye’s syndrome. Still need to have prescriptions in the nurses office and registered with them to be given.

      This is a special case. This is a case where we encourage not only the child in question but the other children not to tell their parents.

      That is the real red flag: “nobody tell your parents that Sally is now going by Franklin and is taking drugs.” I remember when we were taught and taught our kids to immediately tell their parents anything that any adult asked them to keep secret.
      Adults make secret keepers of children as a grooming activity.

        DaveGinOly in reply to Martin. | April 1, 2022 at 9:09 pm

        I specifically remember a story about a child who was suspended (or expelled) from school for sharing an over-the-counter pain killer (analgesic, not a narcotic) medication with another student. This was part of the strict “no drugs” policy adopted by most school districts in the 1980s.

    buckeyeminuteman in reply to TargaGTS. | April 1, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Homeschool or at least conservative Christian schools are about the only option left. While kids cannot grow up inside a sheltered bubble there is a certain maturity and moral point they must be at before being exposed to these degenerate ideas.

Considering that trans and gays account for less than 3% of the population, were we “normals” to suddenly decide we are not putting up with over-bearing mental illness and perversion, this would be over. Same with parents dealing with schools. If they were to all agree to pull their children out of the schools until this perverted assault is ended and schools purged, this would come to an end lickity split.

All of this nonsense depends 100% on us putting up with it. Let’s stop putting up with it. Yes, it means hurting feelings. Get used to it.

An environment of fear is exactly what “progressivism” demands. It is the inevitable end state of a society bullied into obeying the insane demands of a self-important few.

    Danny in reply to irv. | March 31, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    Some state labor laws concerning keeping climates of fear could be a great solution to this.

    Corporate America isn’t our friend.

      henrybowman in reply to Danny. | March 31, 2022 at 3:35 pm

      Speaking of labor laws, it’s time for informal unionization tactics.

      Many people responded to Castillo’s tweet with essentially the same message: “Voting in secret isn’t enough. Running for office isn’t enough. You need to show actual numbers and actual courage in the workplace. You need to form a visible, loud community of traditional Americans. You need to form your own pressure group, stand up to the wokester snowflakes, make your own employee demands, and whip them at their own game.”
      In my opinion, these people are 100% right. The left wins because they are followers who naturally form NPC mobs. The right loses because they GOTW.
      It’s bees vs. bears every time.
      Sadly, it didn’t look like he gave those ideas any consideration at all. And until he does, he will continue to lose.
      (Well, not he, personally — he may get elected to something. But it won’t help any of us.)

        Danny in reply to henrybowman. | April 1, 2022 at 9:28 pm

        I fully support what you said with a caveat.

        That is a lot easier said than done, mobilizing employees is extremely difficult Again I fully agree with what you said I just want it also said that it isn’t going to be easy.

“…also known as the ‘No Room for Groom’ Act…”.

2smartforlibs | March 31, 2022 at 2:19 pm

When the left controls the narrative they can gaslight you to believe you are in the minority and the rest of the world not only supports but is the insanity of the day.

This is surprising to nobody, institutions are controlled by the will of their owners/executives not by the lowest employees. Most Disney Employees are just like us.

The problem is Disney is rotten at the top which runs the show, and hates you. It didn’t give in to the woke mob it is the woke mob.

A desire by conservatives to see secret Republicans in corporate executives or someone just bowing to pressure of the woke mob (instead of the woke mob) in them is just a vestigial part of the 20th century when corporate America was overwhelmingly Republican.

It is time to start seeing corporate America for what it is. Time to start identifying with working class employees who need their jobs but are being routinely battered by their ideological employers instead of the CEO.

    henrybowman in reply to Danny. | March 31, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Identifying with the sane employees is a waste of time until those sane employees first start identifying with themselves (that is to say, each other).
    This is battle for freedom. Lincoln’s fallacy notwithstanding, no one can make someone else free.

      Danny in reply to henrybowman. | April 1, 2022 at 9:36 pm

      To do a war analogy it is combined arms warfare, while the sane employees have to do their part we have to do ours to.

This makes sense since even among Florida democrats there is 52% support for vs 36% against the parental rights bill which does not contain one word about not saying gay.

The bill that passed does not allow classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in grades third and younger. You can discuss these things but nothing instructional.

But what is “instructional”? I’m sure that is what the legislature intended, and what DeSantis had in mind when he signed it, but we’ve seen right here in this forum people who would claim that a teacher merely informing students about the existence of same-sex couples is “instructing” them. Until this is fixed, every teacher in Florida has to worry that if they merely “discuss these things” in the most generic possible terms (and I don’t think they should discuss them in any other terms) a parent will sue them.

And this is the red herring that allows the Dems to attack this law and have some hope of gaining sympathy from normal people. This minor drafting flaw, this unintentional ambiguity, which could so easily be fixed, is allowing the Dems to pretend that that is their objection, when in fact they don’t even care about this edge case, their opposition to it is fundamental and radical and utterly insane. Fix it and they will still object just as strongly, but won’t be able to explain to normal people why.

    henrybowman in reply to Milhouse. | March 31, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    You keep saying this, as if you have identified the “only” ambiguity in this law. But any lawyer or programmer will tell you there are surely day-zeroes in it that nobody has noticed yet.
    A teacher assigns essays on “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Students do the research and find out about Tennessee Williams’ personal orientation. Do you eliminate those essays from in-class discussion and critique? (Granted this won’t happen by third grade, but it’s an example. Though I guarantee kids that old are certainly familiar with Mulan.)
    And some of the ambiguities in the law won’t even be obvious until some judge screws up the interpretation — like the “enhanced penalties for using a gun in a drug deal” got extended by a dope in a robe to mean owning an old, unloaded gun at the bottom of a steamer trunk in the back bedroom of the house where the deals went down.
    But at the end of the day, it’s no better or worse than any other law, all of which are crappily written.

      Milhouse in reply to henrybowman. | March 31, 2022 at 11:03 pm

      OK, maybe there are other traps, but this is one that has already been identified, and the Dems are exploiting it to the max, and persuading normal people that the law is bad. It’s a good law and it needs to be defended, and one way to do that is to plug this tiny hole in it and prevent it from being abused in a predictable way. If more holes show up one day, plug them too, as they are discovered.

    Andy in reply to Milhouse. | April 1, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    After watching Alice in Wonderland we opened the Wiki page on Lewis Caroll and then then soon closed it as our 10 year old daughter was in the room reading along.

Irony: Disney is at war with Florida, which was a financial lifeline to them during the pandemic. So many of Disney’s woke corporate employees in Ca have their jobs BECAUSE Disney could operate there when California wouldn’t let them open up.

Honestly Florida needs to grow their appeal as a destination more like Hawaii so woke corporations don’t have them by the oranges.

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