The Walt Disney Company has gone woke and fully embraced the Left’s radical gender ideology.
It recently declared war on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
But Walt Disney executives are panicking over the reason Ron DeSantis just expanded the special session of the state legislature.
Ron DeSantis recently signed the Parental Rights in Education Bill into law.
Even though the legislation simply prohibits teaching the transgender and homosexual agenda to children in kindergarten through third grade, the left-wing media misnamed it the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and demanded DeSantis refuse to sign it into law.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek publicly opposed the bill and attempted to use his power to strongarm DeSantis into dropping his support.
But DeSantis refused to back down from woke corporations like Disney and signed the bill into law.
However, Disney may soon pay a steep political price for embracing the Left’s woke gender ideology.
DeSantis previously threatened to strip Disney of the special privileges the company has enjoyed since 1968.
“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,” he added.
Apparently, Ron DeSantis wasn’t joking around.
And on Tuesday, DeSantis ordered the State Legislature to extend its current special session for the sole purpose of stripping Walt Disney of its self-governing status and special privileges.
“I am announcing today that we are expanding the call of what they are going to be considering this week,” DeSantis began. “And so yes they will be considering the Congressional map but they also will be considering the termination of all special districts that were enacted in Florida prior to 1968,” he continued, before adding, “and that includes the Reedy Creek Improvement District.”
In 1967, Florida created the Reedy Creek Improvement District in order to help lure Disney to the Sunshine State.
The Reedy Creek Improvement District allows Disney to control zoning and public services over a 40-square-mile area encompassing the Walt Disney World Resort and the company’s other Orlando theme parks.
53 people – all Disney employees and their families – currently live in the District.
Without the Reedy protections, the land on which Disney World sits would be governed by Orange and Osceola counties.
But that’s not the only special privilege DeSantis is seeking to revoke.
Last year, Disney got a last-minute carve-out from the state’s social media “censorship” law, which seeks to regulate social media platforms but excludes any company that owns a theme park.
DeSantis’ proclamation would also allow the State Legislature to revisit that bill to eliminate the Disney carve-out.
“In addition to Congressional reapportionment, this week’s special session will include termination of legacy special districts and removal of exemptions from the Big Tech accountability law,” DeSantis wrote on Twitter.
In addition to congressional reapportionment, this week's special session will include termination of legacy special districts and removal of exemptions from the big tech accountability law. pic.twitter.com/67sF4E113I
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 19, 2022
In going after DeSantis over the Parental Rights in Education Bill, Walt Disney picked a fight with the wrong Republican.
On Wednesday, the Florida Senate passed a bill revoking Disney’s self-governing status. The bill now heads to the Florida House, which is also controlled by Republicans.
DeSantis has proven time and time again that he is willing to stand up and take on the woke Left – and win.
And he is about to show Disney the meaning of the saying, “Go woke, go broke.”
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.