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Ron DeSantis Needs To Defeat Disney Over Parental Rights In Education Law

Ron DeSantis Needs To Defeat Disney Over Parental Rights In Education Law

Ron DeSantis has his finger on the pulse of the parents movement like no one else. He understands that the civil rights issue of our time is whether children belong to their parents or to whatever social justice warrior happens to be in a public elementary school classroom at any given moment.

When I think of Disney, I think of Disneyworld in Florida. I think of Orlando.

But Disney is not Florida. It’s headquartered in Burbank, CA, and its spirit is Hollywood, not Orlando. Disney is a multi-media behemoth involved in movie production, streaming, and other entertainment.

It’s also run by liars who claim that the Florida Parents Rights In Education law just signed by Governor Ron DeSantis is the “Don’t Say Gay” law that discriminates against LGBTQ++++.

It’s all a lie. Read the Bill. There is nothing about it that even remotely could be construed as anti-anyone, it’s a child protection and parental rights law. The law sets limits on what schools can do in terms of medical and psychological treatment without parental knowledge and consent:

2. A school district may not adopt procedures or student support forms that prohibit school district personnel from notifying a parent about his or her student’s mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being, or a change in related services or monitoring, or that encourage or have the effect of encouraging a student to withhold from a parent such information. School district personnel may not discourage or prohibit parental notification of and involvement in critical decisions affecting a student’s mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being. This subparagraph does not prohibit a school district from adopting procedures that permit school personnel to withhold such information from a parent if a reasonably prudent person would believe that disclosure would result in abuse, abandonment, or neglect, as those terms are defined in s. 39.01.

Here’s the supposedly “Don’t Say Gay” provision:

3. 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 in accordance with state standards.

In our post-truth world, people opposing the law have called it something it’s not, and the false terminology permeates the media:

It’s all a lie.

Yet Disney thinks it runs Florida, not Floridians, and it can get its way with the law. It has come out with a statement demanding the Parental Rights law be revoked, and pledging to pressure the legislature into doing that (emphasis added):

“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. 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.”

DeSantis properly rejected Disney’s bullying:

“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.”

He then explained how Democracy is supposed to work.

“This state is governed by the interests of the people of the state of Florida. It is not based on the demands of California corporate executives. They do not run this state. They do not control this state.”

The governor continued, “I also thought it was interesting, I talked to the Speaker of the [Florida] House yesterday afternoon, and he said Disney never called him when they were putting this [bill] through the house. They [Disney] didn’t seem to have a problem with it when it was going through. If this was such an affront, why weren’t they speaking up at the outset?

DeSantis called out Disney’s corporate hypocritical complicity in ignoring the crimes of the Chinese government:

“If we would have put in the bill that you were not allowed to have curriculum that discussed the oppression of the Uyghurs in China, Disney would have endorsed that in a second. And that’s the hypocrisy of this. And we’re going to make sure we are fighting back when parents are threatening our parents and threatening our kids.”

Ron DeSantis has his finger on the pulse of the parents movement like no one else. He understands that the civil rights issue of our time is whether children belong to their parents or to whatever social justice warrior happens to be in a public elementary school classroom at any given moment.


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The folks rabidly opposing this legislation are completely out of touch. They are quite literally leaping into the tar baby and are not likely to recover from the experience. Virtue signaling has become the first instinct of corporations and affinity groups in our society precisely because it’s usually cost free. It’s usually an inside the Twitter verse phenomenon about issues normals don’t pay close attention to or care about. Pro tip: the folks sending cute tweets don’t care either they just want to be seen as caring.

Telling parents they are somehow bad people because they won’t let someone discuss age inappropriate sexual topics with their kindergarten age kids in schools is not the normal @#tag campaign. Parents, taxpayers and Citizens are paying attention and will definitely pushback. Probably much more vigorously than teacher unions, Disney, other corporate sponsors, entertainers and misguided politicians realize.

    healthguyfsu in reply to CommoChief. | March 29, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    I don’t think it’s just about being seen as “caring”…it’s a much more arrogant and self-centered goal of trying to grab some “internet clout”

    Let’s call it what it is….a vapid cesspool of outrage porn.

    WTPuck in reply to CommoChief. | March 31, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    Your comment made me start hearing “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” in my head. I’m sure that ticks them off, too.

    Dimsdale in reply to CommoChief. | April 1, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    The bill should more accurately be called “The Let Kids Be Kids” bill.

    Nobody can afford Disneyworld anyway.

I despise Disney amd all the left.
Our children are precious, innocence is so short lived, they just want to screw with their heads to increase the suicide rates and have easy targets for their sexual pleasures.
I’m just sick of these a$$holes…

Honestly, I think the best way to combat this is to ask two simple questions of anyone who insists on wrongly calling this the “don’t say gay” bill

Question one: Where in the bill does it say that?

Question two: Why are you so fixated on grooming children between ages 4 and 7?

    The law allows parents to make decisions and prevents schools from withholding facts.

    See the following:

    An act relating to parental rights in education; amending s. 1001.42, F.S.; requiring district school boards to adopt procedures that comport with certain provisions of law for notifying a student’s parent of specified information; requiring such procedures to reinforce the fundamental right of parents to make decisions regarding the upbringing and control of their children in a specified manner; prohibiting the procedures from prohibiting a parent from accessing certain records; providing construction; prohibiting a school district from adopting procedures or student support forms that prohibit school district personnel from notifying a parent about specified information or that encourage or have the effect of encouraging a student to withhold from a parent such information; prohibiting school district personnel from discouraging or prohibiting parental notification and involvement in critical decisions affecting a student’s mental, emotional, or physical well-being; providing construction; prohibiting classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in certain grade levels or in a specified manner; requiring certain training developed or provided by a school district to adhere to standards established by the Department of Education; requiring school
    districts to notify parents of healthcare services and provide parents the opportunity to consent or decline such services; providing that a specified parental consent does not wave certain parental rights; requiring school districts to provide parents with certain questionnaires or health screening forms and obtain parental permission before administering such questionnaires and forms; requiring school districts to adopt certain procedures for resolving specified parental concerns; requiring resolution within a specified timeframe; requiring the Commissioner of Education to appoint a special magistrate for
    unresolved concerns; providing requirements for the special magistrate; requiring the State Board of Education to approve or reject the special
    magistrate’s recommendation within specified
    timeframe; requiring school districts to bear the costs of the special magistrate; requiring the State Board of Education to adopt rules; providing
    requirements for such rules; authorizing a parent to bring an action against a school district to obtain a declaratory judgment that a school district procedure or practice violates certain provisions of law; providing for the additional award of injunctive relief, damages, and reasonable attorney fees and court costs to certain parents; requiring school district to adopt policies to notify parents of certain rights; providing construction; requiring the department to review and update, as necessary, specified materials by a certain date; providing an effective date.

Two matters have become extraordinarily clear during the public discourse on the Florida bill to prevent teachers from sharing their personal views on sex and sexual behavior to students k-3.
1. Teachers are disproportionately made up of gay groomers and perverts.
2. Disney is a run by pedophiliac groomers. It has long been rumored in the corporate world that Pixar, Disney studios and production contractees were engaged in subtle grooming and instrumental perversion of youth. I think it is now public.

    JLSpeidel in reply to puhiawa. | March 30, 2022 at 10:23 am

    Think about all of the young Disney stars that are completely messed up.

      henrybowman in reply to JLSpeidel. | March 30, 2022 at 3:50 pm

      Back in Walt’s day, they turned out all-American kids like Annette Funicello and Cubby O’Brien. Today? Lindsey Lohan, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears…

        WTPuck in reply to henrybowman. | March 31, 2022 at 12:17 pm

        Every time my niece watched anything on the Disney Channel and I was in the room, I swear I was dumber for having seen it. And that was several years ago.

“Yet Disney thinks it runs Florida, not Floridians”
It’s easy to see where they get that misimpression.
Have you seen the tax breaks and other legal deferences that the state has given Disney, that no other corporation receives?

Just another example of the government knows best crowd trying to ruin the influence of parents in the lives of children. The school systems have been at the forefront of this for decades. When I read stories like this it just turns off another parent and they choose to homeschool.
The school systems have morphed from the place to learn and grow to the place of social indoctrination. They are failing in the education part, not preparing children for adult life.
Disney has too much invested in Florida to pull business from the state, people aren’t going to boycott a Florida vacation to go to Anaheim. At one time Disney basically ran the Orlando area, over time Orlando has grown to the point where it is less dependent on just Disney.

    daniel_ream in reply to buck61. | March 30, 2022 at 12:58 am

    Ultimately this is going to come down to a game of chicken between DeSantis and Disney. Each can do significant damage to the other, but only by doing significant damage to themselves.

    Personally I’m wondering where the Board of Directors and the shareholders are, because this kind of political activism is not in the shareholders’ best interests.

      Think bigger. This discussion is taking the view that Disney is acting on its own. It is more than being captured by the woke crowd. Disney is a full-fledged participant and spearhead in accomplishing a major objective of the the Davos Fourth Reich: capturing the children. It’s part of the Davos conspiracy.

      I know it would be troublesome for DeSantis to actually say it but this isn’t a “California company trying to take over Florida” issue. It’s a highly organized, highly planned out tactic within the strategy to manage the Big Reset over the long run. They have already taken over higher education, media and the major cultural institutions. This is the final nail in the coffin: capturing the children for indoctrination to secure a new social mindset. Communities must be destroyed and separating children from the “birthers” as early as possible is the key.

      I know, conspiracy theory. We are never going to win thinking small. We must incorporate our local planning into who exactly we are fighting. Think Fourth Reich. It’s all out in the open. Don’t be afraid to see what you see. Denial is not going to protect us. Make fear your friend. Fear the right things. Disney is a captured tool of the Davos “Masters of the Universe”. The mastermind is a guy who is mentioned here even less than Trump: a Nazi called Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum. And his “Mein Kampf” is readily available at the WEF website.

      Wasting my time.

      Desantis only loses in this battle if: 1) He doesn’t fight back
      2) He relents
      3) He makes it about him.

      I don’t see Desantis doing any of the three. IMO he has everything to gain with his constituents

        RandomCrank in reply to stl. | April 2, 2022 at 10:49 am

        I’m gay and think it’s a winning issue for DeSantis. The one flaw in the law mentioned by Milhouse (see below) notwithstanding, I am on the the side of DeSantis and the parents. For God’s sake, that law covers K through 3. It’s insane to see the LGBT lobby and Disney supporting the sexualization of those youngsters. It plays directly into a nasty, ugly stereotype that’s never been true.

        I can only hope that DeSantis and his supporters (which I might be if he runs in ’24) will exercise some discipline as they discuss the law. The media have been blatantly dishonest; this is a golden opportunity for conservatives to make the right case without turning it into a jihad against gay people who want no part of sexualizating little kids.

        Finally, conservatives: The other side wants to bait you into making foolish statements. Don’t take the bait. Steady as she goes.

      Danny in reply to daniel_ream. | March 30, 2022 at 2:32 pm

      What damage do you think will be done to DeSantis?

      Nobody wants their 7 year old groomed.

Yes, DeSantis does need to defeat the campaign against this law. It’s an obviously correct law, and the opposition is insane. Except for the one tiny flaw that was brought up in the post just under this one. The remote possibility that someone will call the mere mention of the existence of same-sex couples as “instruction”, and sue a teacher for it.

This could and should have been fixed in the act itself; all it had to do was specify that merely mentioning the existence of such couples does not constitute “instruction”. As it is, DeSantis can allay such fears by offering free legal representation the first time the law is abused in such a manner. That would satisfy reasonable people, but it would only further enrage the left, whose opposition has nothing to do with such reasonable fears.

Disney, Coke, GM, AT&T, Yale, Harvard, Cornell, Chicago, Seattle – it makes no difference where you look, the problem is the board of directors, or trustees, regents, city council – ruling body by any other name). Learn who these people are, know their names, watch out for them.

Here’s a link to the Disney company 2022 proxy statement. Go to page 72. Look at the directors, read their bios. (Peruse the whole thing, but go to the directors section for our purposes, here.) Note in a table of skill sets the “esg” (environment, social, government) experience now claimed as a skill set brought to the board. These people are coming for us. CEO’s like Chapek may be true believers – may have to be to hold their jobs – but they are mere handmaidens to boards. These people are the problem. We need all the Ron DeSantises we can find.

Have a look.

Steven Brizel | March 30, 2022 at 6:14 am

Since Disney has gone woke let it go broke There are far more educational and important places for children to see in the US than Disneyland

Here in Florida are concerns are more focused on the economy, an incompetent administration and what the future holds just like the rest of America. No one is rioting over this bill. In fact, I would say we as a state are increasingly appalled at a political party (Democrat) that favors Pedophilia, child porn, grooming, sexual deviancy and redefining sex and gender. This is not lost on many of us and the disgust is growing against the left. Florida is now a Republican state and the gap is growing.

Also a few additional observations are in order. First, Gov. Desantis is showing most Republican office holders to stand up and not waiver in the fight for sanity. Secondly, having a gay son and speaking with other gay Floridians, Disney’s decision to support sexual content for a 5 year old is disgusting to them as well. The gay “community” is not in agreement despite what the enemy of the people (the media) wants you to believe. Finally, this is also driven by the bottom line. The other attractions here in Central Florida are curiously quiet and letting Disney to hang by its own noise. The voters are in a fowl mood not just here in Florida but in every state. People are waking up to the elite and woke agendas of big government, big business and big money.

taurus the judge | March 30, 2022 at 7:19 am

Actually, this is backwards.

Disney needs to defeat DeSantis.

DeSantis has already “won” just by virtue of his position and the fact he signed the law.

Originally, trademarks were valid for 50 years. The trademark on Mickey Mouse, having been trademarked originally n the 1920s, should have run out in the 1970s. But Congress, based on lobbying from Disney, keeps extending the trademark expiration period. I believe the law is called by critics and others the “Mickey Mouse Protection Act.” In any case, I believe the trademark on the original Mickey Mouse now expires in 2023 or 2024. Could the Republicans deliver a better message to Disney by not extending the Mickey Mouse Protection Act?

Check this, as I am not a trademark attorney. But I believe it’s all pretty accurate.

    Milhouse in reply to Stuytown. | March 30, 2022 at 10:23 am

    No, it is not even close to accurate. Trademarks have never had any expiry date. They are valid forever, so long as the owner is still using them. If the owner stops using them for long enough that they are no longer associated with them in the public mind, then they are abandoned and anyone can start using them.

    You are thinking of copyrights, which originally ran for only 14 years, and now run for individual works until 70 years after the author’s death, and for corporate works (such as Mickey Mouse) until 95 years from first publication or 120 years from creation, whichever is shorter. The copyright on Steamboat Willie will expire next year; but the trademark on the Mickey Mouse character will never expire so long as Disney is still using it.

      Stuytown in reply to Milhouse. | March 30, 2022 at 10:36 am

      Ok, copyrights.

      Milhouse, your confidence in yourself far exceeds any justification.

        SuddenlyHappyToBeHere in reply to Stuytown. | March 30, 2022 at 11:59 am

        You meant to write, “Milhouse, I bow to your superior knowledge and expertise. You are obviously smarter than I!” Fixed it for you.

          Well, he should, since what I wrote is the clear and obvious truth, and what he wrote is dangerous nonsense that could get anyone who acted on it sued into bankruptcy.

          His whole point was that Republicans could get back at Disney by refusing to pass a new extension of copyrights, and it’s a nonsense point because not only would that not harm Disney, but Disney has shown no sign that it even wants an extension.

          I’m sure I’ve tangled with Milhouse. Hasn’t everyone? But he’s correct here, and Stuytown was wrong. Stuytown, would it kill you to admit it? Everyone has tangled with Milhouse. Everyone has been wrong at times, including Milhouse and including you. Grow up.

        Milhouse in reply to Stuytown. | March 30, 2022 at 6:29 pm

        Not “OK, copyrights”. They are very different things, and you cannot confuse them. The moment you talk of them as if they were interchangeable you show that you have no clue what you’re talking about.

        The “Inside the Magic” page you link to is written by an idiot for idiots. It makes the same unforgivably stupid mistake you did. Disney’s trademark on Mickey Mouse will not expire. So long as Disney is using it, it will never expire. There is no “earlier” trademark or “later” trademark. The character itself is a trademark, and if some company starts using it next year Disney will drive them bankrupt.

        The only thing that will expire next year is the copyright on Steamboat Willie. Anyone who wants to will be able to reproduce that film and sell copies. They could also reproduce stills from that film and sell them. That is all. Guess what? Disney doesn’t care about that film. It represents a minuscule fraction — if anything at all — of the company’s revenue. Who even watches it any more? The value to Disney is in the character, not in a 95-year-old film, and nobody will be able to use the character for anything.

      Stuytown in reply to Milhouse. | March 30, 2022 at 11:05 am

      You will notice that I referred to the “original” Mickey Mouse. Not any Mickey Mouse copyrighted more recently.

        Milhouse in reply to Stuytown. | March 30, 2022 at 6:31 pm

        There is no “original” and “later” Mouse. The Mouse is not “copyright”. It’s not a work of art, so it can’t be. It’s a trademark, which means no version of it can be used by anyone else. Not now, not next year, and not in 100 years, if Disney is still around and still using it. And that’s not a result of the Sonny Bono Act, it’s the way trademarks have always worked.

We went to Orlando back in Feb. We celebrated our annual White Privilege Week. This is the week our local school districts do BLM in ed and we go take a one week vacation.

Although a friend had free passes for us to Disney, the daughter wanted Harry Potter, so it was 2 days at Universal. OMG- WHAT A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE ON TOP OF BEING CHISSELLED AND GOUGED EVERY STEP. The entire staff was forced to be Mask Karens. I was nearly ejected from the park trying to order three 50 dollar hamburgers that may as well be part of Michelle Obama’s lunch program. The poor kid couldn’t hear me and I couldn’t talk through the mask. I took the mask off and yelled my order and put the mask on. They can’t let you do that- even though she heard what I said- she then had to give me a lecture about not yelling and keeping the mask on… after having my order screwed up 3 times by Universal mask Karens already I was done with it.

Florida needs to start promoting OTHER stuff to do there for families rather than the Ca owned theme parks. I’m happy to put my money in Florida’s pockets. This was our second and final theme park trek. I’d say its one of the stupider things good parents cave to.

On the other hand- we’ll keep Silverwood in Idaho on our annual list of places to go forever.

    Andy in reply to Andy. | March 30, 2022 at 11:25 am

    point being- Universal is also “California” even though they are not doing the mask stuff.

    Danny in reply to Andy. | March 30, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    How about enjoying the Everglades instead then? Or the great beaches?

    Gosport in reply to Andy. | March 30, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    It’s important to point out that Florida never had a mask mandate. Universal, and I’m sure Disney, chose to impose their version of politically inspired dominance on their customers.

    Of course they didn’t have to force those who eagerly displayed their willing acceptance of subjugation to the political whims of the left by wearing their symbolic masks.

I think everyone’s missing the elephant in the room: namely, that the Florida Parents Rights In Education law blatantly discriminates against heterosexuals, because it prohibits K-through-3rd grade teachers from saying the word “straight“.

Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Well, it’s no more ridiculous than the Left’s argument that the law discriminates against LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ for essentially the same reason.

So next time some idiot lefty mockingly refers to the statute as the “Don’t Say Gay” Law, just complain right back at them that it’s actually a “Don’t Say Straight” Law, and wait for their heads to explode.

    Milhouse in reply to JPL17. | March 30, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    The difference is that no straight teacher ever has to worry that if she introduces herself as “Mrs Smith”, or happens to mention her husband or her children in passing, some parent will sue her for “instructing” the class about heterosexual relations. But the more people here go on about that teacher the more convinced I become that his worry is justified, because some of the stone-cold bigots here would sue him for doing the same thing, and they surely represent many more out there in the wild.

      Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | March 30, 2022 at 6:45 pm

      I still support the law, though, and support DeSantis defending it. It’s a necessary law and a good one. But this stupid loophole should be closed one way or another, so people don’t have to worry about it being abused for a purpose the legislature never intended.

      Dimsdale in reply to Milhouse. | April 1, 2022 at 6:36 pm

      How many kids that age really care? They are so easily distracted, you could walk a gorilla through the room and they would miss it.


Bet nobody gets an opportunity to whine on MSNBC about it like that teacher did though. It defeats their agenda.

For what it’s worth, I am gay and have only a very slight issue with that law. It should have made clear that acknowledging the existence of gay people is not an offense. I’m thinking of this or that kid who’s been adopted by a same-sex couple and who mentions it at school.

Other than that, I support the law. I really dislike (to put it mildly) the trend since the 2015 Obergefell decision allowed me to marry my other half toward aggressive radicalism. The trans”gender” stuff sends me around the bend, and all of it makes me worry more than a little about a backlash.

All I’ve ever wanted is to live free as an a citizen, same as the rest. Nothing more.