Disney chose to go “woke” and get political.
Thus far, it appears that the move backfired.
Now Disney’s fight with Ron DeSantis looks even more pathetic after one move.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis got attacked by Democrats after he promoted the Parental Rights in Education bill.
The legislation simply prohibited public school employees from engaging in classroom conversations about sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K-3.
The bill was so reasonable, even a majority of Democrats in Florida supported it.
But that didn’t stop leftist activists from smearing the piece of legislation as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Initially, Disney CEO Bob Chapek wanted to stay out of the political issue, but he was bullied by leftists within his own company to speak out against the bill.
However, while Disney was trying to frame Governor DeSantis as somehow anti-LGBTQ+, the corporation has been censoring gay and transgender content from its streaming service in other parts of the world that are not as “progressive” as the United States.
“The Walt Disney Co. won’t say gay in the Middle East. After picking a political fight with Florida over the state’s Parental Rights in Education Law, and declaring itself an LGBTQ ally to boot, Disney is reportedly censoring gay and transgender content on the version of the Disney+ streaming service that it launched in the region in June. Among the titles that won’t stream are the animated movie Lightyear, which features a lesbian kiss, and the Baymax series, which has a transgender ‘man’ who menstruates.”
Despite pressure from Disney, DeSantis stood tall and refused to back down.
He explained during a press conference promoting the Parental Rights in Education bill, “I…think that you have companies like a Disney that are gonna say and criticize parents’ rights, they’re gonna criticize the fact that we don’t want transgenderism in kindergarten and first grade classrooms. If that’s the hill that they’re gonna die on, then how do they possibly explain lining their pockets with their relationship from the Communist Party of China? 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.”
Disney does not want to lose access to markets like China and the Middle East, so they show no backbone with those governments.
It just goes to show that leftists only believe in power dynamics, not principles.
They go after soft targets such as American companies and politicians because many of them will fold to pressure.
Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates does not care about Disney’s “woke” nonsense.
In fact, Disney executive producer Latoya Raveneau admitted she’s intentionally putting LGBT messages into content.
Raveneau explained, “Our leadership over there has been so welcoming to like, my like, not-at-all secret gay agenda…I was basically adding queerness to the show, if you see anything queer in the show, ‘The Proud Family,’ nobody would stop me and nobody was trying to stop me.”
SCOOP: I've obtained video from inside Disney's all-hands meeting about the Florida parental rights bill, in which executive producer Latoya Raveneau says her team has implemented a "not-at-all-secret gay agenda" and is regularly "adding queerness" to children's programming. pic.twitter.com/eJnZMpKIXT
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) March 29, 2022
That agenda is not going to fly in the Middle East, so Disney quickly backed down.