Disney doubling down?
For some reason, Disney decided to side with radical leftists on the teaching of sex (as in explicit sexual acts), gender, and sexuality in kindergarten through third grade. Disney was very upset that Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed a law banning the age-inappropriate teaching—in the public school classroom—of things like gay oral sex to five- to nine-year-olds.
This should not be hard. If you cannot walk up to a five-year-old in a public park and show them “cartoons” from or read passages of public school books depicting children their age engaging in oral sex, you cannot “teach” about it in the classroom. If a news report on the children’s books in elementary school libraries has to blur out some of the images as too graphic to air, they should not be in elementary school libraries. If adult school board members are offended when they hear explicit passages from these books read aloud to them, these materials should not be read to kindergartners in the classroom. Kiddie porn is kiddie porn. And it has no place in the K-3rd grade classroom (or any classroom, for that matter).
But Disney decided this is the hill on which they want to take a stand. It didn’t go well. Given that the majority of Americans, including a majority of Florida’s Democrat voters, do not believe these things should be taught to K-3rd graders, Florida’s parental rights law is a curious hill for Disney, a company that depends on parents bringing their small children to their theme parks, watching their movies, and buying their merchandise.
When I first saw reports that Disney had ditched its communications guru, I thought it a good sign, maybe Disney finally understands the issue and that taking a public stand in favor of sexualizing tiny children in the public school classroom was a bad idea. But no.
Instead of replacing the guy who was at first reluctant to pick a fight with Florida over their reasonable (and popular) law with someone who either doesn’t think Disney should be political or who thinks that maybe supporting kiddie porn isn’t good for Disney’s image, they selected a Democrat operative with ties not only to Hillary Clinton but to both the Obama and Biden administrations.
The Walt Disney Company is parting ways with Geoff Morrell, its head of corporate affairs, after a series of public relations debacles.
Morrell, ousted after less than four months on the job, joined Disney in January from a post as the executive vice president of communications and advocacy at oil and gas company BP. But the transition was bumpy, coinciding with a bruising period in which Disney CEO Bob Chapek was faulted for his stumbling response to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” laws. Disney said Morell is “leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.”
His role will be split in half. Kristina Schake will lead The Walt Disney Company’s communications efforts, serving as our executive vice president of global communications reporting directly to Chapek. Schake joined Disney in April, and was previously deputy communications director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She also served in the Obama and Biden administrations.
The Washington Free Beacon has more on Schake:
Xavier Becerra, the controversial secretary of health and human services, has hired longtime Democratic strategist Kristina Schake to lead the agency’s “public education efforts” on COVID-19.
Schake is perhaps best known for encouraging Michelle Obama to make an “undercover” shopping trip to a Target in Alexandria, Va., where an Associated Press photographer just happened to be waiting with a camera. She is credited with helping the former first lady establish her brand as an “accessible everywoman.”
Schake’s efforts to do the same for Hillary Clinton in 2016 were not as successful, for obvious reasons. In her role as deputy communications director, Schake was tasked with showcasing the failed candidate’s “self-effacing, warm and funny side,” according to the New York Times.
. . . . Schake and other members of the Clinton campaign were reportedly urged to stop associating with Weinstein in light of the producer’s longstanding reputation as a sexual predator. Celebrity activist Lena Dunham, for example, said she warned Schake in 2016 that it was “a really bad idea for [Weinstein] to host fundraisers and be involved [with the campaign] because it’s an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault.”
Dunham said Schake had been surprised by the warning and promised to raise the issue with Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook. Regardless of whether the concerns about Weinstein were discussed among senior members of the campaign, no actions appear to have been taken in response.
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