Ron DeSantis says he’s not ready to cut Disney a break
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"They brought this upon themselves."

Gov. Ron DeSantis isn’t going to let the Walt Disney Company come in from the cold anytime soon, if comments Tuesday evening are any indication.

Presented with regretful comments from Disney CEO Bob Iger about consequences for the company’s opposition to the state’s Parental Rights in Education law, DeSantis did not back down from previous critiques of the “Burbank-based” corporation.

“We didn’t drag them in, Tucker, they went in on their own,” DeSantis said on Fox News. “And not only opposed the bill. They threatened to get it repealed. These are parents’ rights … important policies in our state. They’re very popular.”

“So they brought this upon themselves,” DeSantis said. “All we did was stand up for what was right. And yes, they’re a big, powerful company, but you know what? We stand up for our folks and I don’t care what a Burbank-based California company says about our laws.”

The Governor’s comments on Fox came after Iger told employees Tuesday he “was sorry to see us dragged into that battle, and I have no idea exactly what its ramifications are.”

Iger took over this month for former CEO Bob Chapek, who helmed the company during its ill-fated opposition to a law that was controversial among critics, who dubbed it “Don’t Say Gay” legislation. DeSantis and legislative Republicans retaliated against Disney passing legislation targeting longstanding carve-outs for the company in the wake of the conflict.

Earlier this year, Florida lawmakers advanced two bills, SB 4C and SB 6C, which targeted Disney after the company said that it would work to repeal HB 1557.

The former bill was intended to punish the company by stripping Disney of its self-governing status in the Reedy Creek Improvement District, though that wasn’t an immediate repeal, with an effective date of June 2023. Another bill removed a carve-out created for Disney exempting it from a law passed in 2021 targeting so-called Big Tech.

DeSantis raised money relative to the Special Session, saying he was targeting Disney’s “sweetheart deal.”

“As Governor, I was elected to put the people of Florida first, and I will not allow a woke corporation based in California to run our state,” DeSantis added. “Disney has gotten away with special deals from the state of Florida for way too long. It took a look under the hood to see what Disney has become to truly understand their inappropriate influence.”

The law Disney objected to (HB 1557) limits classroom instruction on “sexual orientation and gender identity.” Teaching those topics is banned for students in kindergarten through third grade, as is instruction for all students “in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”

DeSantis has said in previous interviews the language leaves some room for local interpretation.

He explained during an appearance on “The Guy Benson Show” that the application of the law would stem from a “combination between the state Board of Education and local school boards.”

Meanwhile, “you may see some parts of the state could come to a little bit different conclusions depending on the years on some of that stuff.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


34 comments

  • Tom

    November 29, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Screw Disney, Igor is desperate in trying to resettle the table.

    What they gonna do, move to Missouri?
    They get 330 days of 80 degree weather or better.

    It would cost them $ billion to move and resettle.

    Disney, Gov got 60%. Shot the hell up.

    • Joe Corsin

      November 30, 2022 at 7:49 am

      “Shot the hell up… trying to “resettle the table.” – Intellectually disabled Tom

    • Mr. Haney

      November 30, 2022 at 12:14 pm

      How hard do you have to practice your idiocy?

  • Tom

    November 29, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Screw Disney, Igor is desperate in trying to resettle the table.

    What they gonna do, move to Missouri?
    They get 330 days of 80 degree weather or better.

    It would cost them $ billion to move and resettle.

    Disney, Gov got 60%. Shot the hell up.

    • Republicans are corrupt

      November 30, 2022 at 6:01 am

      Tom. Go dress in some Disney boots and play drag with Ron. You’re nothing but a fake moniker.

      • Tom

        November 30, 2022 at 6:13 am

        Coming from the dog licker pervert Joey corsin, alias fake moniker, no balls. You are a pathetic liar.

        You have no following. Meaningless.

        • Joe Corsin

          November 30, 2022 at 7:47 am

          That’s not me idiot.

        • biff

          November 30, 2022 at 11:16 am

          You seem happy and well-adjusted. Step away from the keyboard and go hug your kid.

        • SAlan

          November 30, 2022 at 6:42 pm

          Tom you are such a waist of oxygen please just STFU for god sakes.

          • Democrats are scums

            November 30, 2022 at 7:06 pm

            Salan Salami; stop using USA oxygen and go back to your desert Iran where you belong

    • Ned

      November 30, 2022 at 12:58 pm

      Nobody cares.

  • Republicans are corrupt

    November 29, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    Example of desantis fascism .

    • Republicans are corrupt

      November 29, 2022 at 11:22 pm

      It is absolute FASCISM that Ron Desantis is taking away special privileges from a billion dollar company that were granted to it by the government. I proudly lick the boot of people like Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates and think they should be given more breaks!

    • Republicans are corrupt

      November 29, 2022 at 11:22 pm

      It is absolute FASCISM that Ron Desantis is taking away special privileges from a billion dollar company that were granted to it by the government. I proudly lick the boot of people like Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates and think they should be given more breaks!

      • Democrats are scums

        November 30, 2022 at 6:57 pm

        You can go lick Bob Cheapeck bu+t hole also.

  • Republicans are corrupt

    November 30, 2022 at 5:58 am

    Another demonstration of desantis aligning w ga fascism . When. Someone. Disagrees with him, he punishes them. In the fact that he goes on Tucker, Carlson and Paul shows shows that he’s aligned himself to trumpism

    • Tom

      November 30, 2022 at 7:26 am

      Lmao, I busted your balls. You crying all night.

      Time to end anti no trust businesses.
      Apple, Disney, we support Musk and Twitter.

      Disney, Apple others don’t not need deserve tax payers largesse. It is not fascism to speak up, defend peeps and taxpayers.

      Shut the hell up, you meaningless fake moniker, women’s ovary!

      • Ned

        November 30, 2022 at 1:00 pm

        Twitter is going to go out of business. They’ve got an even bigger moron than DeSantis running things.

        • Democrats are scums

          November 30, 2022 at 7:02 pm

          Your mom is a moron for having you

      • SAlan

        November 30, 2022 at 6:41 pm

        I guess this means you all will stop damaging Tesla’s and their superchargers?

        • Democrats are scums

          November 30, 2022 at 7:07 pm

          Salan Salami, you brain is damaged

  • Lex

    November 30, 2022 at 9:30 am

    Businesses need to go back to acting like businesses and remember that “Republicans buy shoes too” (Michael Jordon). Too much of our business and entertainment industries have decided to cater to a small portion of the Country’s political views and make it politics all the time. It is not healthy and tearing the country apart. And yes, it is the Left that is doing the tearing.

  • Patrick Stibbs

    November 30, 2022 at 9:53 am

    Here’s what needs to happen.

    Ron DeSantis and Bob Iger are both strong, intelligent businessmen, who – quite frankly – need each other.

    The first step is for them to go sit down, have a beer, and begin a conversation.

    • Ned

      November 30, 2022 at 1:01 pm

      DeSantis is a career politician, not a businessman. Take his dick out of your anus.

      • Democrats are scums

        November 30, 2022 at 7:00 pm

        First you need to take yours out of Bob’s anus

  • rusty

    November 30, 2022 at 11:27 am

    Rona – he who lies down with dogs gets fleas. You and Tucker are a perfect pair of bitches. You should go stay in Tucker’s beachfront estate, oh, oops, a hurricane flattened it. Good riddance. I sure wish that our “Governor” spent more time trying to help Floridians instead of whoring around on Fix Entertainment Television. What a loser. All full of his own presidential ambitions. Gross.

    • Linwood Wright

      December 9, 2022 at 1:34 am

      See? Republicans are bigots. All of them.

  • HollyRees

    December 3, 2022 at 2:46 am

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  • Boaz

    December 3, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    As predicted, Disney is crawling on its belly in abject defeat to the seat of power (i.e., State Capitol, Tallahassee) to beg for unconditional surrender to the free state of Florida. Woke corporations, beware.

  • Boaz

    December 3, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    The Disney Corporation is but another example of corporate welfare, getting filthy rich off Florida taxpayers for decades. Regardless of any political motives, whatever they may be, corporate welfare and crony capitalism should be eliminated.

  • Ron Is Rong

    December 5, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Retarded

  • Charlie Adams In Kentucky

    December 7, 2022 at 8:51 am

    Time to put the entire NaziRepubliKlan Treason Party in a deep, dark hole where it belongs, and salt the earth where it’s buried. Jesus H. Christ, what a pack of scum-sucking rabid trash pretending to be human beings.

  • 95 South

    December 11, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Florida will survive without Disney. The inverse is not true.

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