Blackburn Blames Disney For Opposing So-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

Senator Marsha Blackburn has blasted Disney for speaking out against Florida’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, saying the entertainment company’s involvement signals how ‘woke left-wing extremists’ are enlisting companies to pursue their progressive ideas.

“People go there to walk the yellow brick road and spend a day in Neverland. They don’t go there to walk on eggshells,” Blackburn told host John Catsimatidis on his AM 770 radio show, referring to Disney World in Orlando.

“I think that’s something you have to look at and say that’s how woke left-wing extremists are using corporations to push their agenda,” the Republican senator from Tennessee continued in the interview that aired Sunday.

Initially, Disney CEO Bob Chapek didn’t address the issue when the Florida Legislature passed the bill, which prohibits teachers from discussing LGTBQ topics with students until after third grade and dubbed by Critics of the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill.

But Chapek’s silence sparked outrage from Disney employees and LGBTQ groups.

Disney then came out strongly against the bill a day after Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, signed it into law last week.

Blackburn accused “woke left-wing extremists” of using the companies to advance an agenda.
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Disney employees protest the bill in Glendale, California on March 22, 2022.
Disney employees protest the bill in Glendale, California on March 22, 2022.
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The entertainment giant also recently eliminated the use of gendered pronouns, such as “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls”, while a senior executive pledged to ensure that racial minorities and members of the community LGBTQ represent more regular Disney characters.

Blackburn said Disney and other companies should gauge public sentiment about how parents are resisting “runaway government.”

She cited recent examples of this in Virginia — where Republican Glenn Youngkin was elected governor amid a heated dispute over education issues, including critical race theory — and San Francisco, where three School board members were kicked out of office for their progressive proposals.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Parental Rights in Education on March 28, 2022.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Parental Rights in Education on March 28, 2022.
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“Parents don’t want ideology imposed on their children,” she said. “They want their children to be educated, not indoctrinated. And you’d think that’s something they would eventually get if they finally had an understanding.

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