On Wednesday, Florida House member Spencer Roach tweeted that they’d had their second meeting in a week to discuss a repeal of the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act. The law pretty much allows Disney to govern itself on the grounds of the theme park.
Yesterday was the 2nd meeting in a week w/fellow legislators to discuss a repeal of the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act, which allows Disney to act as its own government. If Disney wants to embrace woke ideology, it seems fitting that they should be regulated by Orange County. pic.twitter.com/6sj29Gj6Wz
— SpencerRoach (@SpencerRoachFL) March 30, 2022
Things heated up Thursday when Gov. Ron DeSantis brought up the possibility during a press conference:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 31, 2022
Fox News reports:
Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed on Thursday the suggestion of repealing a 55-year-old state law that allows Disney to effectively govern itself on the grounds of Walt Disney World, following the company’s public opposition to a controversial parental rights law in Florida.
DeSantis referenced a bill reining in big tech that Republicans were working through the legislature last year when Disney added a “carve out” at the “11th hour” for theme parks.
“I’m thinking to myself, ‘This is ridiculous,’” DeSantis said. “Honestly, it was embarrassing.”
DeSantis continued, “I think what has happened is there’s a lot of these special privileges that are not justifiable, but because Disney had held so much sway, they were able to sustain a lot of special treatment over the years.”
All of the hysteria over the “Don’t Say Gay” bill had progressives rooting for a giant corporation to tell the elected government what it could and couldn’t do, which was kind of funny.
— Ricky Long (@RickyLo42196166) March 31, 2022
One of the best governors in the country. Florida is lucky to have him.
— Sunnydays14 (@Sunnydays142) March 31, 2022
— Andy Burton (@andyb733_andy) March 31, 2022
We need to shut down Disney, until we can figure out what the hell is going on.
— rick coombe (@rickcoombe) March 31, 2022
Ouch – that’s cold 😂
— Liz Mack (@LizMackWoman) March 31, 2022
One of the few GOP politicians who is as based as Democrat fearmongers portray him to be.
— MountedCrossbowman (@MCrossbowman) March 31, 2022
The @WaltDisneyCo is entitled to their unpopular opinions on public policy but they aren’t entitled to special privileges from the state. This is the stupid game they chose to play. Enjoy the stupid prizes.
— Ramen Numerals (@RamenNumerals05) March 31, 2022
Disney has made it clear they are not merely an entertainment company. They've exposed themselves as a leftwing political organization that seeks to implement its political agenda. Political organizations don't deserve special government treatment.
— MikeSTL (@MikeSTL5) March 31, 2022
— JD_DIZZO (@JD_DIZZ0) March 31, 2022
— It's all a Distraction (@it_distraction) March 31, 2022
Disney has done it now. pic.twitter.com/I8SIOZtusy
— Savannah Freedom Girl (@BasedSavannah) March 31, 2022
I never knew that the kingdom part of "the magic kingdom" was a legal reality.
— Senator Tim Whatley (no anti-dentites, please) (@senator_tim) March 31, 2022
— the red wave cometh (@FightOn4America) March 31, 2022
Do it! pic.twitter.com/zUTxLly1aw
— StopWokeCulture (@MkayUokay) March 31, 2022
— Logan Mainord (@mainord_logan) March 31, 2022
A leader in the truest sense of the word.
— tisha adele (@lemongirl1960) March 31, 2022
It was just yesterday that the Washington Post’s Philip Bump wrote that DeSantis seemed “flustered” that Disney wasn’t on board with the Parental Rights in Education law.
Washington Post’s Philip Bump says Gov. Ron DeSantis seems ‘flustered’ that Disney’s not on board with new law https://t.co/OX0ipKU1BO
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 30, 2022