Disney Releases Statement in Response to Criticism Over Donations to ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Sponsors

Disney has released a statement addressing the “Don’t Say Gay” bill presented by Florida legislation. The company has been under heavy criticism for donating to sponsors of the bill and remaining silent.

It reads, “We understand how important this issue is to our LGBTQ+ employees and many others. For nearly a century, Disney has been a unifying force that brings people together. We are determined that it remains a place where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The biggest impact we can have in creating a more inclusive world is through the inspiring content we produce, the welcoming culture we create here, and the diverse community organizations we support, including those representing the LGBTQ+ community.”

The statement addresses the bill’s existence but doesn’t mention the donations or any action the company will take, which have been the two loudest complaints from critics. Some feel the statement is disingenuous in the face of Disney’s willingness to profit off the LGBT+ community but unwillingness to stand by them in times of adversity.

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Others feel that CEO Bob Chapek’s determination to hold a neutral stance is the right move for the company.

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  1. Enough is enough! for the last couple of years disney & tv commercials have been kissing butt of all the load mouth fringe groups, its time we get back normal. Many of us are tired of this stuff being shoved down our throats! We get it! By doing what they do is dividing us, not bringing us together!

  2. Again tell what is wrong putting power in the hands of parents instead of the schools?

  3. Stop apologizing Disney to activists. It has nothing to do with dignity and everything to do with control and power.

  4. It is not a neutral stance Disney is donating to legislators that support anti lgbtq legislation.

  5. “You matter because you spend money here, but even though you’re a valuable wallet to have we’re gonna support politicians who hope they can curb your existence by denying it until a certain age.” -Disney

    I’m sure they were supporting them for other, financial reasons, but at the point just say that. However, the fact that they cleared the board of all supporters is pretty sus.

  6. I wouldn’t have a problem with Disney staying out of politics, but the company just gave economic support to anti LGBTQ+ legislation which is not a neutral stance. I am boycotting all things Disney as a result.

  7. Disney will soon be sponsoring a “Don’t Say Chapek” bill targeted at podcasters and youtubers.

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