The state of Florida isn’t going to sit idly by while Disney vows to groom young children on issues of gender identity and sexual orientation. The company openly admits they are “adding queerness” to children’s programming, according to a leaked video of executive producer Latoya Raveneau.
Disney Corporate President Karey Burke also announced plans to add “many, many, many LGBTQ characters” to its shows and movies. The company said 50% of its characters will either be minorities or LGBTQ by the end of the year. The amusement parks have also banned employees from using phrases that assume only two genders, such as the classic welcoming of “ladies and gentlemen” and “boys and girls.”
Moreover, the company has stood in public opposition to Florida’s anti-grooming bill that prevents teachers in third grade and younger from instructing kids on sex and gender identity without parental involvement. This impacts kids who are about eight years old and younger. Apparently, Disney believes children should learn about sex and gender without parental involvement.
The majority of Americans living in Florida disagree with Disney’s radical stance. The anti-grooming bill passed through Florida’s legislature and it was signed into law.
The state’s Republican-led Senate is taking things a step further. A passed a bill on Wednesday that eliminates a special taxing district that allows Walt Disney Co. to govern the land where its theme park is located.
This special taxing district reportedly saves Disney tens of millions of dollars per year.
“The measure potentially delivers a blow to the company’s operations in the state,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “The special district, created in 1967 and known as the Reedy Creek Improvement District, exempts Disney from a host of regulations and certain taxes and fees related to emergency services and road maintenance.”
The bill now heads to Florida’s Republican-led House where it is expected to pass.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has already signaled that he will sign the bill into law.
“What I would say as a matter of first principle is I don’t support special privileges in law just because a company is powerful and they’ve been able to wield a lot of power,” DeSantis said during a press conference last month.
“I think what has happened is there’s a lot of these special privileges that are not justifiable, but because Disney had held so much sway, they were able to sustain a lot of special treatment over the years.”
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Disney’s ability to govern the area was created when the Reedy Creek Improvement Act was signed into law in May 1967. The local government did not have the resources needed to help bring Disney’s 25,000 acre plan to fruition so the Reedy Creek Improvement District was established to give Disney the same authority as a county-level government.
House Speaker Chris Sprowls noted that the decision to push the legislation came in response to Disney opposing the “Parental Rights in Education” bill.
“They used their platform to perpetuate what we believe to be a lie, which is that the bill did one thing that it really didn’t do at all,” Sprowls said. “I think the governor’s anger was well placed.”