The powers-that-be at Disney may have thought they would earn some easy political points with the left by taking a stance against Florida’s new parental rights bill, but according to conservative pundit Dan Bongino, insiders at the company are having to acknowledge the backlash that has resulted instead, as the Daily Wire reports.
Leftists nationwide were outraged when the Sunshine State made it illegal for public schools to provide instruction on issues related to sexuality and gender identity to kids in kindergarten through third grade, and Disney added its corporate voice to theirs, pledging to fight for the statute’s repeal.
Following the law’s passage, corporate executives hosted a virtual town hall in which company officials touted efforts to promote a “not-so-secret gay agenda” by injecting LGBTQ+ characters into as many Disney productions as possible.
On the Thursday installment of his podcast, Bongino claimed to have received information from a Disney insider suggesting that the public’s reaction to the aforementioned revelations has been anything but supportive.
“[The insider] is telling me Disney is tracking all of the calls complaining about their support for sexualizing kids in kindergarten. The woman told me that the calls are overwhelming,” Bongino stated.
Negative backlash over Disney’s controversial position was also expressed recently by New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz who said late last month, “Disney is making a huge mistake. They’re opposing parents who are their core consumers with their opposition to this Florida law.”
“This isn’t difficult. Leave the kids alone. They shouldn’t be indoctrinated by Mickey Mouse. Let them be kids. Disney used to understand that,” Markowicz added.
A recent Trafalgar Group poll asked voters whether Disney’s admissions of intentionally weaving sexualized content into its storylines made them more or less likely to engage in commerce with the company, and nearly 70% of participants – including more than 50% of Democrats – answered “less likely,” as the Daily Wire noted.
Succinctly summarizing the incredulousness of countless parents across the country regarding Disney’s actions was Quisha King, Florida mother and co-founder of advocacy group Moms for Liberty, who rightly wondered, “Why is the hill to die on to have transgenderism injected in a kindergarten classroom?”