California Disney Employees Stage Walkout to Protest the 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
March 23, 2022

In light of the controversial Parental Rights in Education bill that Gov. Ron DeSantis will soon sign into law, many corporations and individuals have performed activism at levels never seen before.  However, Disney employees across the US are staging a walkout after the company's CEO displayed a "lack of action."

Many criticized the bill that prohibits dialogue concerning homosexuality in K-3rd grade classrooms, but none like the Walt Disney Corporation, who even called for a meeting with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL).

However, many employees, including those working at the California theme park, do not think the company has gone far enough in its opposition to the law.

A video posted this week shows Disney employees in California walking out of their offices and chanting, "say gay," which to them is the antithesis of the legislation:

The video was retweeted by DeSantis' Press Secretary Christina Pushaw (R-FL) who stated, "Good thing Californians cannot vote in Florida elections.  Worry about your own state."

The organizers of the protests have since released a statement to the public, saying that Disney's leadership on the bill, "have utterly failed to match the magnitude of the threat to LGBTQIA+ safety represented by this legislation."

"Primarily, those statements have indicated that leadership still does not truly understand the impact this legislation is having not only on Cast Members in the state of Florida, but on all members of the LGBTQIA+ community in the company and beyond," the organizers added.
The protestors also have claimed they have been, "forced into an impossible and unsustainable position" and they "must now take action to convince [The Walt Disney Company] to protect employees and their families in the face of such open and unapologetic bigotry."
The Disney CEO has since issued an apology for his silence and protests, particularly in California, do not appear to be slowing down.

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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