Unreal. Florida has passed a “Parental Rights in Education bill” - and the Disney corporation, which of course has Disney World in Orlando, is livid. The left has, all too predictably, nicknamed the bill the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation.
Disney, mind you, is the company that focuses on turning out entertainment for kids. And the Florida law is designed to protect kids from kindergarten through third grade from
classroom instruction on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.”
Yes, you read that right. Democrats and the Left are demanding that children between the ages of 5 and 8 receive indoctrination - ah, that would be “classroom instruction” - on, yes, sex and, transgenderism. This at an age when most normal children have zero inkling about sex of any kind. And if they do, parents want to make sure it is they themselves who are teaching their own kids about the birds and the bees.
But in the day and age of woke corporations, even Uncle Walt has become Uncle Woke. As noted here at CNBC: “CEO Bob Chapek said he will meet with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Disney will donate $5 million to organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, that work to protect LGTBQ+ rights.”
But not woke enough, understand, to stop doing business with China, the very same China that has generated this headline over at Human Rights Watch:
China: Xinjiang Children Separated from Families
HRW reports this:
(New York) – Chinese authorities should immediately release to their families children held in “child welfare” institutions and boarding schools in Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should cease unnecessarily separating Uyghur and other Turkic Muslim children from their families.
Under China’s “Strike Hard Campaign against Violent Terrorism,” an estimated 1 million Turkic Muslims have been arbitrarily detained in unlawful political education camps in Xinjiang since 2017. An unknown number are being held in detention centers and prisons.
Chinese authorities have housed countless children whose parents are detained or in exile in state-run child welfare institutions and boarding schools without parental consent or access.
“The Chinese government’s forced separation of children is perhaps the cruelest element of its oppression in Xinjiang,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. “Children should be either immediately returned to the custody of relatives in China or allowed to join their parents outside the country.’”
Got that? The Disney corporation is demanding Florida’s children between the ages of 5 and 8 be instructed on transgenderism and sex at the very same time they are stone cold silent about doing business with a Chinese government that is engaging in the “forced separation of children” and “separating Uyghur and other Turkic Muslim children from their families.” The company is giving money to leftist supporters of woke sex doctrine organizations. But Disney is silent not only on doing business with the country busily separating children from their parents, but on making a donation to a group like Uyghur Projects Foundation, which is actively trying to help the Uyghurs and their children.
At least one Disney shareholder is awake at the game Disney is playing. Here’s the headline from Fox Business:
Disney accused by activist shareholder of 'complicity in China genocide’
Disney was confronted at its annual shareholder meeting over alleged inconsistency on responding to human rights issues
The Fox report says the shareholder was comparing the company’s dealings with China to its “pulling its business away from Russia over human rights abuses.” The same could be said with the difference between its blind eye to the treatment of Uyghur Muslim children but turning on the rights of the parents of Florida’s youngest kids in school.
Over here, a video has been posted from Fox News digital of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis saying to a crowd in front of cameras: “In Florida, our policies got to be based on the best interest of Florida citizens, not on the musing of woke corporations.”
The Governor added:
“And when you have companies that have made a fortune off being family-friendly and catering to families and young kids, they should understand that parents of young kids do not want this injected into their kids’ kindergarten classroom,” he warned. “They do not want their first-graders to go and be told that they can choose an opposite gender. That is not appropriate for those kids. So if you’re family-friendly, understand that parents who are actually raising families want to have their rights respected.’
He then addressed Disney, saying, “And I also think that you have companies like a Disney that are going to say and criticize parents” rights; they’re going to criticize the fact that we don’t want transgenderism in kindergarten and first-grade classrooms. If that’s the hill that they’re going to die on, then how do they possibly explain lining their pockets with their relationship from the Communist Party of China? Because that’s what they do and they make a fortune; they don’t say a word about the really brutal practices that you see over there at the hands of the CCP. And so in Florida, our policy’s got to be based on the best interest of Florida citizens, not on the musing of woke corporations.
Amazingly, Disney CEO Bob Chapek dug an even deeper hole for Disney by issuing a statement apologizing to Disney’s LGBTQ+ employees for not opposing the Parental Rights bill earlier. Incredibly, in his statement Chapek said: “It is clear that this is not just an issue about a bill in Florida, but instead yet another challenge to basic human rights.”
Note: there was not a single word of apology from Chapek to the Uyghur Muslims and their children. Nor did the offended Disney employees apologize for accepting money from the oppressors of the Uyghur Muslims and their children.
Disney and its employees are ostentatiously standing up for indoctrinating young Florida children on sex over the objection of their parents - but falling silent on doing business with a Chinese government that goes out of its way to separate children from parents. Because it makes them a buck.
One can only imagine that wherever he may be, Walt Disney is livid with the wokesters running his company.
Hypocrisy is not a good look.