As CNN’s Frank Pallotta says below, Disney was getting a lot of flak on social media Monday and Tuesday for not taking a stand against Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, better known (thanks to the media) as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which aims to keep teacher-led discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity out of kindergarten through third-grade classrooms. As far as we know, fourth-grade activist teachers are free to go nuts. But if you don’t get to the kids sooner, you see, you’ll end up with another Pulse nightclub shooting.
Now Pallotta is reporting that Disney CEO Bob Chapek has buckled to the pressure and called Gov. Ron DeSantis to express his “disappointment” with the legislation, which has been described by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki as “hateful” and “horrific.”
JUST IN: Disney CEO Bob Chapek says he called Governor DeSantis this morning and conveyed his "disappointment" regarding the "Don't Say Gay" bill. He and Disney execs will meet with the Governor.
He adds that Disney is signing a statement opposing such legislation across US.
— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) March 9, 2022
Bob Chapek, Disney's CEO, was criticized Monday for not directly condemning Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill. On Wednesday, Chapek agreed with the criticism.
"I understand our original approach, no matter how well intended, didn't quite get the job done." https://t.co/BaS7oCB4iI
— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) March 9, 2022
Pallotta reports for CNN:
Bob Chapek, Disney’s CEO, was criticized Monday for speaking out about — but not directly condemning — Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” bill, with some feeling that Disney’s statement fell short. On Wednesday, Chapek agreed with the criticism.
“I understand our original approach, no matter how well intended, didn’t quite get the job done,” he said during the company’s annual shareholders meeting.
Chapek took a stronger stance against the bill Wednesday, telling shareholders that he called Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Wednesday morning to convey the company’s “disappointment and concern.” Chapek said if the legislation becomes law it “could be used to unfairly target gay, lesbian, non-binary and transgender kids and families.”
How? How are transgender kindergarteners targeted if teachers don’t lead classroom lessons on gender fluidity?
Hey Frank, you have your replies off, but as the press secretary for Gov. DeSantis I can confirm this is false — because the Florida legislature didn’t pass any bill called “Don’t Say Gay.” https://t.co/CrkZIYVNdn
— Christina Pushaw 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) March 9, 2022
Bob should have just read the bill instead of following the rage of people on social media. https://t.co/BaLn3KAehf
— Rachel (@rachelwiechman) March 9, 2022
I am not surprised Disney is in favor of instructing children under the age of seven about sex.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) March 9, 2022
Kinda makes you want to rethink the whole Disney is a wholesome place for kids idea, doesn’t it? 👇👇👇 https://t.co/afnWKjestn
— Unnamed Source (@The_Ex_Xmen) March 9, 2022
— Bella D'Plorable 3 (@Bellisima_3) March 9, 2022
Disney wants teachers to sexually groom your kids.
Considering the damage Disney has done to the culture of America in the last 100 years, this makes perfect sense. https://t.co/iipVDPInJp
— Sensurround (Сенсуроунд ін український) 🏳️🌈 (@sound_hologram) March 9, 2022
No longer content to groom just their child stars, Disney now wants to groom your children as well. https://t.co/wimYjRo9kG
— Hans Fiene 🦬 (@HansFiene) March 9, 2022
Kinda weird that corporation known as The Walt Disney Company has an opinion on the sexual education of Floridian kindergarteners, no? https://t.co/iy61QkkLIu
— Yung Catholic 🇻🇦🍁 (@TheYungCatholic) March 9, 2022
Why do you want adult state employees teaching other people's LITTLE KIDS (age 4-8) about SEXUAL ISSUES of any kind?
That is creepy as hell. Do you allow this in your parks? Are Disney employees allowed to discuss sex with 6 year olds??
— Political Sock (@politicalsock) March 9, 2022
Disney, a place where you take your kids, wants your 6 year old child to learn about sex from their teacher.
Don’t take your kids to Disney. https://t.co/vBPyUZ8aev
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) March 9, 2022
Call it the "Don't Say Grooming" bill. https://t.co/F7V9aiIsu3
— Jon Gabriel (@exjon) March 9, 2022
How dumb will Chapek feel when he realizes the bill doesn’t say that at all https://t.co/X6VZfHeWQN
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 9, 2022
Ron DeSantis should sign the legislation with a Mickey Mouse pen. https://t.co/zCUNLGir3l
— RBe (@RBPundit) March 9, 2022
Can't wait for DeSantis to put the political bodyslam on the pervs trying to indoctrinate 5-year-olds into creepy sex stuff https://t.co/Oq4A34RTTC
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) March 9, 2022
Tell you what, @Disney, you don’t tell Floridians how to run our state and we won’t tell you how to run interference for the brutal communist regime you call a business partner. https://t.co/0G3yBeAu3G
— Sunny McSunnyface 🇺🇦 🌻 (@sunnyright) March 9, 2022
JUST IN: CEO of organization focusing on children's entertainment disappointed area teachers cannot teach five-year-olds about sex. https://t.co/I3OqMZArjw
— Aldous Huxley's Ghost™ (@AF632) March 9, 2022
WOW – Disney with the ultimate corporate comms fumble.
If you're going to stake a position against engaging in politics, you have to stick to it. You can't flip 2 days later because you're being twitter-bullied.
Twitter mobs demanding political engagement are short-lived. https://t.co/Hdd2GFpOrd
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) March 9, 2022
He opposes legislation that limits adult sexuality and other complex sex-based education from being taught to kids k-3rd grade?
Does anyone opposing this bill have any idea what it actually says or impacts? https://t.co/xcCDb2rfzy
— Chad Felix Greene 🇮🇱🇺🇦 (@chadfelixg) March 9, 2022
Get fucked, Disney. https://t.co/DWuF6V7NBY
— David Reaboi, Late Republic Nonsense (@davereaboi) March 9, 2022
So Chapek is disappointed with Florida for passing the bill and also disappointed with himself for dropping the ball and not buckling sooner to the Twitter outrage mob.
Actor links passage of Florida’s ‘violent’ ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill to the Pulse nightclub mass shooting https://t.co/lEhfpQ8LfM
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 9, 2022