Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responds to Disney CEO Bob Iger's comments on the company's relationship with Florida

Dec 01, 2022 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Thursday December 1, 2022 9:25am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

There may be a new CEO at the Walt Disney Company, but it appears that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is not softening his stance concerning Disney's opposition to the highly controversial "Parental Rights in Education" bill.

Iger tweeted his opposition to the bill in February 2022 when he was no longer with the Walt Disney Company. He said, "I'm with the President on this! If passed, this bill will put vulnerable, young LGBTQ people in jeopardy."

He said later in an interview with CNN, "It's about right and wrong. So, I happen to feel and I tweeted an opinion about the 'Don't Say Gay' bill in Florida. To me, it wasn't about politics. It is about what is right and what is wrong, and that just seemed wrong. It seemed potentially harmful to kids."

At a recent Town Hall with Disney Cast Members and commenting on the company's recent poor relations with the state of Florida, returning CEO Bob Iger said "I was sorry to see us dragged into that battle, and I have no idea what exactly its ramifications are in terms of the business itself. What I can say is the state of Florida has been important to us for a long time and we have been very important to the state of Florida,"

Speaking to Fox News earlier today, DeSantis said, "We didn't drag them in, they went in on their own. And not only opposed the bill, they threatened to get it repealed. These are parents' rights, important policies in our state that are very popular. They brought this on themselves — all we did was stand up for what is right. Yes, they are a big, powerful company, but, we stand up for our folks, and I don't care what a Burbank, California-based company says about our laws."

You can see the segment with Fox News below.

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