Videos posted on Twitter on Tuesday by an investigative journalist appear to show several Disney officials pushing a progressive LGBT agenda on employees as the company finds itself in the middle of a fierce political storm surrounding the parental rights bill, HB 1557, in Florida.
In videos posted by journalist Christopher F. Rufo, Disney officials can be seen talking to employees at an “all-hands” meeting about the Florida bill, recently signed into law by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, and saying that some teams are Disney has implemented an open “gay agenda.”
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In another video, Disney’s Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Vivian Ware, explains to employees that the company is abandoning the words women, men, boys, and girls in its theme parks so as not to alienate transgender children.
In a third video, a LGBT activist accuses Florida Republican governor Ron DeSantis and his press secretary Christina Pushaw of trying to “lay off” LGBT employees at Disney.
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One of the videos shows a Disney official explaining that the company is committed to pushing “queer stories” and putting in place procedures to ensure the company creates enough “gender nonconforming characters.”
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Disney’s corporate president, Karey Burke, said in another video that he would like to see at least 50% of future Disney characters identify as LGBT or a racial minority.
The Walt Disney Company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox Business.
Inside videos of Disney pushing the progressive agenda come a week after some Disney employees left work last week protesting a perceived lack of company opposition to a Florida bill that prohibits teachers from providing orientation instruction sexuality and gender identity in kindergartens. third grade classrooms.
“TWDC must publicly commit itself to an action plan that protects workers from hateful legislation,” the walk-out group posted.
The action plan, according to the group, should reflect “commitment to the LGBTQIA + community by stopping construction and investing in the state of Florida until abusive legislation is repealed” as well as “abandoning any efforts to move employees to Florida office locations, assuring employee. security and retention of employment. Guarantee that no employee will be terminated in denial of relocation to FL. “
Disney CEO Bob Chapek did not take a public stance on the bill when it was first discussed in the Florida legislature but then apologized after a backlash from opponents of the measure and promised a break in political donations in Florida and promised that Disney would contribute millions of dollars more. to LGBTQ causes.
On Monday, following the announcement that DeSantis had signed the bill, Disney released a statement slamming the move.
“HB Florida 1557, also known as the ‘Don’t Tell Gay’ bill, should never have passed and should never have been signed into law,” the company said in a statement. “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 protections of LGBTQ + members of the Disney family, as well as the LGBTQ + community in Florida and around the country. ”
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The seven-page bill does not prohibit the word “gay” in schools and does not prohibit casual discussions about topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom but has nonetheless been referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill”. by a number of Democrat media and politicians.
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“For Disney to come out and make a statement and say that the bill should not have passed and they are going to work to repeal it, I think, one was fundamentally dishonest, but , two, I think that crossed the line. , ”DeSantis said at a press conference on Tuesday in response to Disney’s statement.
DeSantis added, “This state is governed by the interests of the people of the state of Florida. It is not based on the requirements of California corporate executives. They do not run this state. They do not control this state.”