Governor Ron DeSantis Reacts To Disney Lobbying Against Florida’s Anti-Grooming Bill

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight where he shared his opinion about Disney lobbying against the recently signed into law Parental Rights in Education Act.

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DeSantis shared his comments after Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked him to explain what the bill is about.

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DeSantis responded, “Well, this bill is about providing protections so that they know they can send their young kids to school without them being sexualized. Without a school telling a young girl, for example, that she may really be a boy.”

He continued, “And if schools are trying to do things that impact the health and well-being of the kids and they are undertaking certain services that parents have a right to know that and provide consent for it. So, this is real bill that empowers parents. It protects our kids.”

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DeSantis then directly addressed Disney’s lobbying against the bill, “And for a company like Disney to say that this bill should have never passed… First of all, Tucker, they weren’t saying anything when this was going through the House. They only started doing this because the mob, the woke mob, came after them.

But put that aside, for them to say that them as a California-based company are going to work to take those California values and overturn a law that was duly enacted and as you said supported by a strong majority of Floridians. They don’t run this state. They will never run this state as long as I’m governor.”

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Carlson would then show a video of Karey Burke, the President of Disney General Entertainment Content, saying, “I’m here as a mother of two queer children, actually. One transgender child and one pansexual child. And also as a leader.”

“We have many, many, many LGBTQIA characters in our stories and yet, we don’t have enough leads and narratives in which gay characters just get to be characters and not have to be about gay stories,” Burke said.

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After showing the clip, Carlson asked, “I don’t understand why an entertainment company that makes animated movies get to control legislation in your state?”

DeSantis responded, “Well, especially Tucker, you’ve got to wonder why is the hill to die on to have transgenderism injected into kindergarten classrooms or woke gender ideology injected into second grade classrooms. Why is that the hill to die on?

“Meanwhile, if we had done a bill that prohibited talking about the abuse of Uyghurs in China, Disney would have supported that legislation because they don’t want to say a word about that,” he proclaimed.

Governor Ron DeSantis speaking with an attendee in November 2021. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

So, it’s just an odd manifestation of their corporate values that they actually do Disney cruises to the nation of Dominica which criminalizes homosexuality,” the Florida governor noted. “So they are fine doing that and lining their pockets. They are fine lining their pockets from the CCP and all the atrocities that go on there.”

“But it’s those kindergarteners in Florida that they really want to have transgenderism as part of their core curriculum in school,” he added.

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Answering another of Tucker’s questions, DeSantis said, “I think about when I was in school, we just did school work. We did things like math and science and reading. I don’t even know how this would become fodder for a second grade classroom.

“So the fact that they are going to this lengths to try to torpedo legislation that I think 90% of parents view as just common sense, it really makes you wonder about what’s motivating this decision making,” DeSantis stated.

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When asked if the bill has anything to do with gay marriage, DeSantis says, “The word gay is not in the legislation. So they say it’s banning a word that literally isn’t even in the legislation. It’s not even like they are misrepresenting the way the word’s used. It’s not even used in the bill. It’s a fake narrative. It’s a lie.

“But it’s a lie because they have to lie because if they admitted what they are really for: sexualizing kindergarteners and first graders they know that would not fly with the public,” he concluded.

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DeSantis’ comments on Tucker Carlson Tonight come after Disney announced they would do everything in their power to have the bill struck down in the courts or repealed through legislation.

The posted to Twitter, “Florida’s HB 1557, also known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, should never have passed and should never have been signed into law. Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that.”

“We are dedicated to standing up for the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family, as well as the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country.”

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DeSantis had also previously addressed Hollywood types like Mark Hamill and Oscar Isaac criticizing the bill.

Just before signing it into law, DeSantis said, “Someone told me that there’s even people in Hollywood that are opposed to providing protections for parents and enforcing parents rights. The one thing I’ll say about that is if the people who held up degenerates like Harvey Weinstein up as exemplars and as heroes and as all that if those are the types of people that are opposing us on parents’ rights, I wear that like a badge of honor.”

“And so we will continue to recognize that in the state of Florida, parents have a fundamental role in the education, healthcare, and wellbeing of their children. We will not move from that,” he asserted. “I don’t care what corporate media outlets say. I don’t care what Hollywood says. I don’t care what big corporations say. Here I stand. I’m not backing down.”

“We will make sure that parents can send their kids to school to get an education, not an indoctrination,” he concluded.

What do you make of DeSantis’ response to Disney?

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