‘Gay Bill’ Disappoints Disney CEO Bob Chapek, Under Duress to Take Public Stand


On Wednesday, Walt Disney Co CEO Bob Chapek expressed dissatisfaction with a Florida bill limiting LGBTQ discussion in schools, saying he called Governor Ron DeSantis to convey his concerns about the legislation becoming law.Disney has been pressed to take a public stance against the legislation, which critics claim will harm the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.

Gov. DeSantis to meet Chapek, Disney employees 

Chapek stated that Disney was opposed to the bill from the start but opted to work behind the scenes to affect the results, relying on its longstanding relationships with lawmakers. On the other hand, a spokesperson for DeSantis stated that a call from Chapek was the first time they had heard from Disney about the legislation, MSN posted. 

The Disney CEO stated that he had an exceptional conversation with DeSantis. They guaranteed Chapek that the law would not be weaponized or used to harm or target gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender children or their families. According to Chapek, the governor decided to meet with him and LGBTQ+ Disney employees to discuss their concerns.

American culture war 

On Tuesday, the Florida Senate passed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would forbid classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in the state’s primary schools.  Sen. Annette Taddeo said that it would jeopardize the safety of LGBTQ students and adolescents. She went on to say that they will not stop until this state moves forward and values everyone in it, regardless of sexual orientation, NBC News reported. 

The Parental Rights in Education Act passed primarily along party lines in both legislative bodies has added fuel to the latest American culture war. It has targeted students with a combination of book bans, Pride flag removals, and bills targeting LGBTQ youth.

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