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Honor Walt and Dump Woke or Dump Disney

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Why does a company that operates “the most magical place on earth” want kindergarteners to learn about sexual orientation and gender identity? If that sentence caught your attention, that’s a good thing, because it is exactly what is happening in the “Magic Kingdom.”   

It all started with a piece of fairly straight forward common sense legislation. HB 1557, the Parental Rights in Education bill amends Florida law governing school districts and prohibits those school districts from making decisions that would normally be made in a child’s home by his or her parents. Strangely, the most controversial part of the bill is section (c)3, which states “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”  

Critics call it the “Dont Say Gay” bill, as liberal media has latched on to the slogan to promote their anti-conservative agenda. The Wall Street Journal reported, “LGBTQ activists have said the bill will cause harm to children struggling with their sexual and gender identity by cutting off support from teachers and encouraging teachers to out gay students to their parents.” That is probably the most nonsensical and outrageous thing you will read today. I don’t know how many 3rd graders are out there “struggling” with the sexual identity, since they haven’t even hit puberty and don’t understand the concept of sex and sexual orientation, but I’m going to guess that it’s not that many.   

Enter Walt Disney World, who’s new CEO, Bob Chapek, angered the woke mob when he declined to publicly weigh in on the parent’s rights bill after facing criticism on social media from Disney employees, fans and contractors. Chapek had originally stated days prior that, as the new incoming CEO, he would stay out of politics and focus on growing the company. Then, Chapek changed his tune when he wrote an email to Disney employees. “Speaking to you, reading your messages, and meeting with you have helped me better understand how painful our silence was,” he wrote. “It is clear that this is not just an issue about a bill in Florida, but instead yet another challenge to basic human rights.”  

He continued, “You needed me to be a stronger ally in the fight for equal rights and I let you down. I am sorry.”  

When did talking about sexual orientation to a 3rd grader become a “basic human right”? How does opposing the rights of parents to consent to their children being taught about sexual orientation and gender in elementary school become a “fight for equal rights?”   

HB 1557 passed the Florida House on February 22 and the Florida Senate followed suit on March 8th. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) signed the bill into law on March 28th, stating “Parents have every right to be informed about services offered to their child at school, and should be protected from schools using classroom instruction to sexualize their kids as young as 5 years old.” Florida Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez stated, “Throughout this legislative session, this bill has been maliciously maligned by those who prefer slogans and sound bites over substance and common sense. Fortunately, Governor DeSantis and I believe that parents should have a say.  We will not back down to woke corporations and their same tired tactics that are steeped in hypocrisy. As a mother of three, I am committed to protecting the rights of parents.”  

Disney stock has been in trouble for years due to COVID-19 shutdowns and the resulting decline of revenue generated by park attendance. On January 3, 2022, $DIS was trading above $156 a share. By early March, the stock had slid to $131.75 a share, and was sitting around $138 a share when HB 1557 was signed into law. A bad Q2 earnings report in early May saw shares tumble to a 52-week low of $104.79.   

Following Mr. Chapek’s public opposition to the bill and the Florida Governor’s agenda, the Florida legislature did something nobody thought was possible: they passed legislation stripping Disney of its exclusive, self-governing status, undoing 55 years of precedent for the state’s largest employer. But it was all avoidable had Chapek stuck to his original commitment to focus on growing the company rather than wage a culture war against parents.  

It’s a sad state of affairs when a company that builds products for children, brings families together, and promotes the imagination of our youth to then turn around and try inject woke politics into their messaging.

At AMAC Action we are doing our part to make sure Disney hears from members that reject the woke direction the company appears to be headed. So far, through our advocacy page, nearly 160,000 Americans have told Disney: “Honor Walt and Dump Woke – or We’ll Dump You!” Our very own Andy Magione also recently appeared on Sebastian Gorka’s program to discuss the campaign. Take a look at Andy’s segment here and let us know in the comments if you agree with our campaign to Dump Disney if they don’t dump woke.  

Bob Carlstrom is President of AMAC Action  


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Sheron
30 days ago

My grandsons are 14 and 16 and we visited Disney for 10 days every year until this decision was made. I was lookin forward to making the same trip with my now 7 year old granddaughter. I am so sad that such trips will no longer be possible due to Disney’s decision to be a gateway to immorality and discord rather than a gateway to fun. My son and daughter-in-law are responsible for teaching their daughter about sex and would not take well to any organization trying to take over this function, especially with the woke values now in vogue.

joe
1 month ago

WOKE CRAP.NEVER DISNEY.

JudyG46
1 month ago

They are on the WOKE bandwagon to indoctrinate kids at an early age. Shame on them! It’s a disgrace and an abomination.

Chef D.
1 month ago

Stay out of our family’s private rights to teach our children about sex education or Disney will go down!! Walt would be rolling over in his grave if he knew what his children were doing with the company. Keep to the reason Disney was built, bringing happiness to anyone who goes there. It’s none of your GD business to get involved in children learning about sexuality, you disgusting perverts. I’ll never watch another Disney program, movie or take my grandchildren there. YOU have ruined a good thing!

Kathy Brunkhardt
1 month ago

I dumped Disney and won’t go back! They keep offering me good deals, but forget it! I grew up in 60’s and loved them, but it’s all sicko now! So very sad!

NoName4U
1 month ago

No Disney. Period. No movies. No products. No TV shows. No visiting the site(s). No investments. NOTHING.

Thomas
1 month ago

Most people over the age of 55 knows Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, the Mickey Mouse Club and what Disney himself stood for.When entering any of the Kingdoms the Greating has Always been: Welcome Lady’s, Gentleman, Boy’s and Girls of All age’s to the most Wonderful Place in Earth Disneyland, Disney world Etc…The First Black President Bill Clinton said in his presidential inauguration said he was of hearing about family values.That’s what started the Woke movement, and every Democratic President since then is and has taken away our American Rights and still doing it today. Especially since we have MTV’s most famous cartoon characters Beavis and Butthead in the White House!

Enuf Said
1 month ago

I don’t say GAY– I do say –“QUEER”!

Ditto
1 month ago
Reply to  Enuf Said

Ditto

jim pollino
1 month ago

Close it down.

Patty Quackenbush
1 month ago

I pray woke goes broke. This is wrong what they are doing to our children. Stay in the business Walt started. Families having fun. The sexual education is not any of their business most especially to little kids not even near the age of puberty.

Paula Dunlap
2 months ago

Dumped Disney about 7 months ago. I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s and loved Mickey Mouse and the Mickey Mouse Club. It greatly saddens me to see how far the Disney brand has fallen. Very disappointing. You know Walt would never have tolerated this. The man had children and wanted young children and their parents to enjoy a day of fantasy in his parks. Things can turn around, but I don’t see that happening very soon. I’ve been to WDW over 60 times, but not again. I no longer purchase any of their brands, either. Fare well, Mickey, Minnie, and all Walt’s beloved characters

Hal
2 months ago

Dump ’em! They no longer have the appeal to represent the USA Nation culture. Perhaps out of stupidity, they are promoting societal entertainment that promotes Communistic control mechanisms.

Barrett Smith
2 months ago

The latter.

CoNMTX
2 months ago

If you throw open the doors and demand that God leave the government, schools & even the churches, He will oblige. Our country is now the result of evil controlling the those entities instead decent God believing people.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
2 months ago

Back in my day ,Mickey was a sat. afternoon cartoon maby 15 minutes if you were lucky. Kyle L.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
2 months ago

Back in the 40’s in school ,we didnt know what a gay child was. DUMP DISNEY. Kyle L.

Mary
2 months ago

I remember that at that time, the word, “gay” meant “happy” and rainbows were beautiful gifts from God and nature.

Wanda
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary

In the late 60’s and early 70’s they were called “queers” and they certainly did not come out of the closet People were not cordial to them.

Sharon
1 month ago
Reply to  Wanda

I worked with several in the 80’s we called them by their name, they didn’t flaunt it and nobody had a problem with it.

Enuf Said
1 month ago
Reply to  Mary

Exactly– this group has taken a SYMBOL that God gave to his people– the RAIBOW!! Have you noticed how they ALWAYS ATTEMPT to denigrate God in everything they do?

Lynne
2 months ago

“Enter Walt Disney World, who’s new CEO” should be ‘whose’.

Jane CA
2 months ago
Reply to  Lynne

you mean X CEO?

CJ H
2 months ago

I dumped Disney at least 30 years ago. I noticed every movie had magic or some spiritual undertone I disagreed with. My kids grew up without Disney, and are well adjusted adults, parents and grandparents now. I will not miss the “Magic” Kingdom.

David Stockerr
2 months ago

I have already dumped Disney and do not see a change in the foreseeable future. Sad.

Steve Howiler
2 months ago

I’ve already dumped Disney and and am doing all I can to keep my grandkids away from it. I won’t support or have anything to do with them.

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