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Jose Castillo, a current Walt Disney Company employee who is running for Congress in Florida as a Republican, told Fox News Digital that the “silent majority” of Disney employees support the Parental Rights Act. HB 1557despite the strong minority leading Disney to take a stand against the law, which critics called the “Don’t Say Gay” law.
“There’s immense pressure to tow the company line,” Castillo told Fox News Digital. “However, the reality is that those bringing attention to this issue are in the minority. Disney actors who support the parental rights championed by HB 1557 far outnumber those who protest against it.”
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Castillo claimed that “Disney and similar companies listen to the loudest voices of the crowd,” even if the “silent majority” of employees disagrees. “That’s why I stand up for our shared conservative values; to show other conservative actors like me that we need to speak up and stay strong.”
Disney’s LGBTQ employees staged a protest earlier this month in response to what they saw as insufficient condemnation of Florida’s bill, which bans classroom instruction — not informal discussion — about ” orientation” and “gender identity” with children in grade three or younger, “or in a manner that is not appropriate for the age or development of the students in accordance with the standards of the State.”
Although critics called it a “Don’t Say Gay” bill, HB 1557 does not ban the word “gay” in schools. It also does not prohibit informal discussions of topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom. It does not require schools to notify parents if their child identifies as gay or transgender.
Disney condemned the bill in an official statement Monday.
“Florida’s HB 1557, also known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, should never have passed and should never have been signed into law,” the statement read. job on the Walt Disney Company Twitter page, reads. “Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down by the courts, and we remain committed to supporting national and state organizations working to achieve this.”
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“We are committed to defending the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family, as well as the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country,” the statement concludes.
“I think that’s a terrible miscalculation because clearly the democratic process produced this law,” Castillo told Fox News Digital. “Floridans, including Disney employees, democratically elected Florida State Representatives and Senators, and those elected officials passed this law; then, thank goodness, Governor DeSantis signed it into law.”
The Disney employee claimed the company’s attack on the law “has taken Disney away from the values that have made this company the household name all Americans know and love.”
He quoted The Walt Disney Company’s official mission statement, suggesting that his employer should return to it.
“The mission of The Walt Disney Company is to entertain, inform and inspire people around the world through the power of unprecedented storytelling, reflecting the iconic brands, creative minds and innovative technologies that make us the world’s first “entertainment” company,” the statement said. bed.
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Perhaps reinforcing Castillo’s argument that a “silent majority” of employees support the law, a group of employees urged Disney to drop its stance against the Florida law in an open letter, urging the company to take a politically neutral stance. Castillo said he wasn’t part of that effort, but he supports it.
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