Disney pledges to help repeal Florida’s ‘Parental Rights in Education’ bill

Disney pledges to help repeal Florida’s ‘Parental Rights in Education’ bill

The Walt Disney Company has said that they will help to repeal Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education” bill, also known by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

According to The HuffPost, the bill has been signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL).

Disney posted a statement to its social media platforms condemning the law. The statement read, “Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that.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.”

The company has faced criticism in recent weeks after the CEO, Bob Chapek, had announced that the company would remain neutral on the bill.

He confirmed that Disney has made financial contributions to both Democratic and Republican lawmakers who “have subsequently taken positions on both sides of the legislation.”

Many Disney employees and fans expressed their outrage on social media, arguing that Chapek’s remarks make Disney’s attempt at making LGBTQ-inclusive films, television, and theme park merchandising seem like cash grabs.

Chapek walked back his remarks just days later. He announced that Disney would pause all political donations in the state to “ensure our advocacy better reflects our values.”

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