Disney CEO attacks anti-grooming law, DeSantis’ ‘position has not changed’

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After backlash against the entertainment giant when they said they would not speak out about Florida’s new anti-grooming law that prevents activist teachers from indoctrinating K-3 students in gender ideology, Disney has proposed a meeting with Governor Ron DeSantis. The Walt Disney Company, which has a large footprint in Florida, has decided to oppose the Parental Rights in Education Bill.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek said that in addition to meeting with DeSantis to weigh in on the state’s legislation, passed by both houses of the Florida congress, and despite not being an elected leader in Florida, Disney would donate $5 million to Human Rights Watch, an organization that promotes medical gender transition in children. This includes puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and genital surgery.

Chapek said that their original approach, of letting Florida’s elected leaders make decisions for the people of Florida who elected them to do just that, “didn’t get the job done.” Chapek told shareholders about this plan, CNBC reports.

“I know that many are upset that we did not speak out against the bill,” Chapek told shareholders. “We were opposed to the bill from the outset, but we chose not to take a public position on it because we thought we could be more effective working behind the scenes, engaging directly with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.”

“We were hopeful that our longstanding relationships with those lawmakers would enable use to achieve a better outcome, but despite weeks of effort we were ultimately unsuccessful,” he went on to say.

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