After facing immense backlash after previously saying he did not want Disney to become a “political football.” Walt Disney Company’s CEO Bob Chapek on Wednesday has NOW said that he and Disney oppose Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
His comments on Wednesday came during Disney’s annual shareholder meeting,
Chapek told shareholders that Disney was going to sign the Human Rights Campaign’s statement opposing anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and that Disney had pledged $5 million to LGBTQ+ organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign. (HRC DID NOT get involved in either fighting the bills passage, or publicly condemning Disney for its original “non-position” especially from a company that brags about being such a great ally.
Chapex also told investors that he called Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) earlier in the day and discussed the bill and to “express our disappointment and concern that if the legislation becomes law, it could be used to unfairly target gay, lesbian, nonbinary and transgender kids. All DeSantis has to do is sign the bill and it will be law. This is Disney’s attempt to save face. By making it look like it’s trying tp fix something that’s really too late to fix and throwing a lot of cash at our orgs to keep them quiet.
Well it’s a little too little a little too late. DeSantis will sign it into law and any chance that Disney had to stop it while it was working it’s way through the Florida anti-LGBT Republican controlled Senate is gone.
*Update 8:17 pm
This was just posted to Twitter. This get’s murkier and murkier
UPDATE: Full response from DeSantis.— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 9, 2022
His staff says no meeting has been schedule with Disney and that "Florida parents who take their kids to Disney" should support the bill because they don't want their kids exposed to "inappropriate content about sex and gender theory" pic.twitter.com/28dVKFTFEW