After Disney CEO Bob Chapek phoned DeSantis to express his “disappointment and worry” about Florida’s “Parental Rights In Education” law, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made harsh statements about the company.
“In the state of Florida, we are not going to allow them to bring transgenderism into kindergarten,” DeSantis stated in a video acquired by Fox News Digital. How can they justify padding their coffers with their ties with the Communist Party of China if that’s the hill they’re going to die on?”
“So here’s what I can tell you: We are not going to allow them to inject transgenderism into kindergarten in the state of Florida,” he said.
“We believe that awakened gender ideology should not be pushed in first-grade curricula, and that is what we are fighting for, because we are fighting for the children and the parents. And I can tell you this: the odds of my backing down from my commitment to kids and parents’ rights merely due of false media narratives or pressure from woke companies are zero.”
“And when you have firms that have built a fortune by being family-friendly and catering to families and young children,” DeSantis added, “they should realize that parents of young children do not want this injected into their children’s kindergarten classroom.”
They don’t want their first-graders to be informed that they may pick a gender that isn’t their own. That is unsuitable for such children. So, if you want to be family-friendly, keep in mind that parents who are raising families want their rights to be respected.”
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“I also believe that corporations such as Disney will say and attack parental rights; they will oppose the fact that we do not want transgenderism in kindergarten and first-grade classes.”
How can they justify padding their coffers with their ties with the Communist Party of China if that’s the hill they’re going to die on? They don’t say anything about the truly terrible practices that you witness over there at the hands of the CCP because that’s what they do and it pays well. As a result, our policies in Florida must be focused on the greatest interests of Florida individuals, not the musings of awakened companies.”
Chapek phoned DeSantis, according to CNN, because he believes the law “may be used to unfairly target gay, lesbian, non-binary, and transgender youth and families.”
“The governor heard our concerns and agreed to meet with me and LGBTQ+ members of our senior staff in Florida to discuss ways to resolve them,” Disney CEO Bob Iger stated.
“We were opposed to the bill from the beginning, but we elected not to take a public position on it because we felt we could be more successful working behind the scenes with politicians on both sides of the aisle,” Chapek noted.
Morning Consult, Politico, Florida Politics, and other polls reveal that the Parental Rights in Education law, which passed the legislature on March 8, has widespread support, including among Democrats.
“Should instructors teach pupils in Kindergarten through third grade about sexual orientation in the classroom?” From March 17 to March 20, Floridians for Economic Advancement polled “likely Democratic voters.”
About 52 percent of Democrat-leaning voters said they oppose such education, while just 36 percent said they support teaching sexuality in kindergarten through third grade. Uncertainty was expressed by 12% of respondents.
This survey backs with past findings that the measure was backed by a majority of voters across the country. Morning Consult revealed a double-digit gap in voter opinion data in a poll done in partnership with Politico.
The majority of respondents (50%) stated they strongly or somewhat favor the essential components of the law. Only 37% of those questioned stated they are openly opposed to the bill’s core provisions.