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Thursday, October 06, 2022

Variety says DeSantis beat Disney

Variety reported, "After ‘Don’t Say Gay,’ a Weakened Disney Hopes to Limit the Damage."

The House of Mouse became the Land of LGBT.

All went well until Florida elected a governor who would stand up to the bully, as DeSantis did this spring.

Now it is autumn and Variety said, "Six months after the Don’t Say Gay [Parental Rights in Education] controversy, Disney has clearly been weakened by the fight while DeSantis’ profile as a conservative culture warrior has only grown. DeSantis has moved on to new controversies that have captured national attention, most recently shipping immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard.  

"But he has also kept up a steady drumbeat on LGBTQ issues. His administration has taken aim at youth who are gender transitioning, eliminating coverage for gender-affirming care for all ages in Medicaid, and investigating a drag brunch. And Disney, which prides itself on its support for the LGBTQ community, has stayed silent. The company is still engaged in a low-key way in Florida politics – underwriting organizations like Equality Florida – but has said almost nothing in public about Florida politics since vowing in April to help overturn the education law."

Mike Kahane of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation organized a protest at Disney World in March.

He told Variety, "Disney for whatever reason has gone quiet. I would speculate it has something to do with them trying to work out this bigger issue, which could have huge economic consequences to them."

Variety said Steve Knox, a drag queen in Omaha, brought Disney into the controversy in February.

Its story said, "Knox had seen reports about the Parental Rights in Education law, which barred discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation in kindergarten through third grade. He thought about who could help stop it."

So some guy in Nebraska objected to Florida protecting 5-year-olds from sex talk and got Disney all riled up to stop it. One complaint turned the world's largest media conglomeration into a poodle for the LGBT crowd. If you are that stupid, you deserve to lose.

As DeSantis recently said, "If you’re going to commit yourself to wanting gender ideology in elementary school, we’re not going to hold you up on a pedestal any longer. Disney is no longer going to have its own government. They’re going to live under the same laws as everybody else. And they are going to pay their fair share of taxes in the state of Florida."

He made Disney pay by yanking its exemption from local governance.

He told Fox, "Having one company with their own government and special privileges, when that company has pledged itself to attacking the parents in my state; when that company has very high up people talking about injecting pansexualism into programming for young kids, it’s wrong. Walt Disney would not want that. So, get back to the mission. Do what you did great. That’s why people love the company, and you’ve lost your way. Maybe this will be the wakeup call that they need to get back on track."

Peter Schorsch, the publisher of Florida Politics, told Variety that Disney donations did not affect DeSantis.

Schorsch said, "Ron DeSantis doesn’t need their money. That’s changed the nature of politics. He can go to a hedge fund billionaire and get a $5 million check. If you’re not coming with a seven-figure check, it doesn’t matter. Ron DeSantis can call up some crypto bro CEO. And with that, the lobbying doesn’t matter as much anymore."

And Schorsch said, "I think the strategy was to last DeSantis out. But I don’t think that’s tenable for Disney. He’s so radicalized the rest of the Republican Party. They’ve got like a decade of problems at this point."

DeSantis stood up to the bully and won.

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20 comments:

  1. So DeSantis standing up to protect children is "radicalized", but Disney supporting gender appropriation makes them what, normal?

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    1. To liberals, you are correct. To normal people, it’s insane.

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    2. My thought exactly. Let's flip that around. Mr. Schorsch, you are the radical. You are the groomer, pedophile enabler. What you support has finally woken people up to how sick what you think is normal, really is.

      I think that is a bit more accurate.

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  2. Not only do we say about DeSantis: "He fights." Better yet, we say: "He fights and he wins." Which is even better.

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  3. Us actual Floridians have very mixed emotions about loosing him to national aspirations.

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    1. Randy says: You’re at least a couple of years premature on Florida “losing” DeSantis to the nation. Wait until you actually suffer the loss before you start fretting about it.

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  4. Meanwhile, as you reported this morning Don, Walt's grandniece Abby has made a fool of herself withdrawing support for a documentary about Islam that she produced, then went on to call her great uncle a fascist and a racist.

    Her self centeredness has apparently not allowed her to recognize that if she feels that way about the man who created the fortune that she spends on her progressive whims, she ought to renounce the wealth generated by Disney. Very reminiscent of the climate change activists who jet around the world spewing pollutants into the air with no sense of irony.

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  5. Disney's niece is not a creative Force like Walt or Roy. She just spends the money. 2DC

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  6. It takes "energy", personal or public, to maintain all the woke initiatives: transitioning, DEI, ESG, etc. And when the supply of energy runs out the pendulum resumes swinging.

    Eventually, society either abandons keeping the water running uphill or destroys itself trying.

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  7. Florida really got lucky.

    DeSantis beat Andrew Gillum (D) for governor by fewer than 50,000 votes in 2018. Gillum contested the election. A few months later, he was found naked, overdosed in a Miami hotel room with a male hooker, surrounded by crystal meth. Now he's charged with 21 federal crimes.

    Oh - rather that the FBI SWAT team swooping in to arrest Gillum on the federal charges (including wire fraud and lying to the FBI) they asked him to turn himself in at a convenient time during a 2 week window.

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    1. Randy says: Thank God for Charlie Crist! His running as the Democrat candidate means DeSantis cake-walks into his second term.

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  8. I sure hope some spineless republicans have taken note. Grow a spine and you just might win. Maybe they just don’t care. I think I know the answer to that. Sad. MAGA.

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    1. They’re actually just lazy - they figured out that they still get payed the same for doing nothing and they don’t have any hassles like answering pointed questions from a hostile press
      Every workplace has this type of worker - show up and get payed

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  9. This is how the party remakes itself - Trump, DeSantis, Abbott (yes, he's done his bit), MTG, etc.

    We're almost a century from the Nude Eel and Rs are finally learning to fight back.

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  11. “Variety said, "Six months after the Don’t Say Gay [Parental Rights in Education] controversy, Disney has clearly been weakened…”

    Variety with lib bias as usual. Should have been, “ Variety said, "Six months after the Parental Rights in Education [Don’t Say Gay] controversy, Disney has clearly been weakened…

    But Disney weakened nevertheless.

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    2. Still enough for a Bentley car payment…

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