Following the enactment of the Florida Parental Rights Act, a group of Republicans today sent a letter to Disney CEO Bob Chapek asking him to retract his “antagonistic” comments, according to Fox Business.
Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) sent a letter to Chapek signed by 11 other House Republicans to express concern about Disney’s oppositional behavior toward the parental rights in education bill, which was signed into law by Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“We are disheartened that your desire to stand up for the rights of individuals does not extend to the rights of parents across the nation,” the lawmakers wrote to Chapek.
Disney said last week that it will do everything it can to repeal the legislation in Florida because they want to defend the rights and safety of the LGBTQ community. “Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that.”
The law enacted by DeSantis, which prohibits instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, empowers parents and ensures that classroom content is developmentally appropriate for children.
An example of Disney’s attack on the law, parental rights, also called by the LGBT: “Don’t Say Gay,” was to release its film “Better Nate Than Ever” starring Rueby Wood, just days after the law was enacted.
The film appears to be an innocent story for the whole family, but Wood, the child protagonist, shows in several scenes his sexual orientation; for example, he wears a rainbow-colored rabbit’s foot on his backpack. He also repeats from memory a monologue from a 1986 episode of “Designing Women,” among other scenes, according to The New York Times.
The lawmakers called out Chapek’s activist stance and told him, in the letter, that he should focus on making a profit, providing jobs and serving his customers, rather than “cowering to a small political minority seeking to impose a fringe ideology on the rest of the country.”
In the letter, the Republicans stated, “We condemn your outspoken attack on Florida’s commonsense protections for children and parents, and we worry your words will be weaponized and used to further divide and inflame our nation.”
The letter was signed by Republican Representatives Bob Good of Virginia, Doug Lamborn of Colorado, Mary Miller of Illinois, Matt Rosendale of Montana, Andy Harris of Maryland, Byron Donalds of Florida, Andrew Clyde of Georgia, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Brian Babin of Texas, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina and Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Fox Business reported.