The Walt Disney Company saw fans on both sides of the political aisle turn against the company for its response to Florida’s parental rights bill.
Disney has been a vocal opponent of the Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis-backed Sunshine State bill, even as polls show the bill growth in popularity.
That hasn’t stopped critics on both sides of the aisle from criticizing the Mouse House for its activism against the bill or its slow opposition to the bill.
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Conservatives have spoken out against Disney’s activism against the Parental Rights in Education Bill while Liberals, who dubbed the legislation the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, criticized Disney for their political donations to state politicians who passed the bill.
“I canceled my Disney plus membership today. Parents have ALL rights to their children’s education,” one Facebook commenter wrote. video published by Disney. “I don’t like that Disney and some of its employees think they can impose things on parents and fail to represent a bill protecting young children.
“The company donated money to the politicians behind the scene $5 million in Florida. To enact a don’t say gay bill and now Disney has to hold emergency meetings to try to stop it,” a wrote another commenter on Disney’s Facebook. review section. “Honestly. Disney is not an ally. They need (sic) gay staff to revolt.”
“I’m torn…loving the content but disappointed in Disney’s lack of courage and will to support the Don’t Say Gay bill in Florida. Giving in to hate and giving money to bigots in exchange for preferential treatment saddens me,” another reviewer wrote. “Love the content and was planning on deleting my account but am torn as my nieces and nephews are using my account.”
“How do you explain to a 10 year old that Disney promulgates hate?” asked the critic.
Disney suspended donations to Florida politicians, but that wasn’t enough to quell the brewing storm inside the company, leading to an LGBTQ strike by many US locations earlier this week.
The organizers of the walkout handed a list of demands to their employer amid the protest, ordering Disney to indefinitely cease all campaign donations to politicians who voted for the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, to put end all investments in Florida until the bill is repealed, make “substantial contributions” to human rights groups and expand the company’s LGBTQ content.
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The internal divide in the Mouse House deepened on Friday as several religiously and politically conservative Disney employees anonymously sent an open letter warning the company not to take political positions that alienate some workers and part of the Disney public, and claiming that Disney has become “an increasingly uncomfortable place to work” for those who disagree with “explicitly progressive” policies.
Disney did not respond to Fox Business’ request for comment.
Breck Dumas and Tyler O’Neil of Fox Business contributed reporting.