I’m sometimes amazed at the tone deafness of CEOs who follow their “woke” staffers off a cliff in the cultural battles occurring in America. I think they must all be hearing only each other, and Leftist news and opinion, creating an isolating and reinforcing echo chamber.
Whatever the case, Disney stock has plummeted more than 30% of late and Florida state government has also now stripped Disney of its corporate “carve out” which benefited the company to the tune of tens of millions of dollars a year and essentially allowed the company to function as its own government within the state of Florida.
What’s all the commotion? There are really two separate but related issues here.
One, according to a leaked video of Disney executive Latoya Ravaneau, the company intends to “add queerness” content to all of Disney’s media product in the coming months and years, promoting, she says, her “not-at-all-secret gay agenda.” Disney Corporate President Karey Burke also announced plans to add “many, many, many LGBTQ characters” to its shows and movies, stating that a large percentage (50%) of its characters will be LGBTQ in the near future, according to the New York Post. (3-30-22).
Second, these videos come amid Disney declaring war on the state of Florida over its Parental Rights Law—what radical LGBTQ activists have dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill—which simply bans teachers from giving prepubescent grooming lessons on gender identity, sexuality, and sexual orientation in kindergarten through the third grade. I note that Florida parents could be equally livid that Florida law still incredibly ALLOWS sexual grooming of children in 4th through 8th grade.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio succinctly stated in a Tweet that “the @WaltDisneyCo filmed Mulan near #Uighur genocide camps & then thanked the people who run those camps in the credits—projects through which Disney takes in millions in blood money annually, including $5.5 billion invested in its Shanghai theme park—but they are outraged that Florida schools will no longer be indoctrinating 5-year olds on “gender identity.” The stench of hypocrisy is sickening.
As a result of the discovery of Disney’s trafficking in the innocence of children to increase corporate profit, Disney stocks are tanking and approval of Governor DeSantis’ actions is rising to over 60 percent in opinion polls all in response to the roar of millions of Florida and American parents who demand in unison that “we don’t want and won’t tolerate our children being taught about or exposed to sexuality, sexual orientation or gender identity in our schools.”
As Gerard Baker of the Wall Street Journal has observed “is opposition to parents’ rights really the hill for a children’s entertainment company to die on?” He continues “ … when a company whose products entertained, enlivened and enriched the lives of millions of children and their parents decides it must take a stand against the Parental Rights in Education Bill—allowing them to determine whether their children as young as 5 are taught sexual orientation or gender identity in the classroom—what does it expect” other than this backlash?
If the China Virus pandemic can be said to have a silver lining it must be that, during the times children were required to do online schooling their parents were exposed to what they are actually being taught in schools—whether gender identity or other sexual perversions or Critical Race Theory—and they have risen up against it.
May this parental vigilance in defense of childhood innocence long endure.