Among other things, Disney has shared that part of what they will be doing is creating a task force to create more LGBTQIA+-aware content for children and families. Recently, protestors took to the Walt Disney Company’s headquarters in Burbank, California in response to various actions Disney has taken with response to LGBTQ+ topics.
Newsweek recently shared that protests were held in front of Disney’s California headquarters. The protests were held on April 6th, 2022. A video shared on social media shows protestors there (reportedly hundreds were present) with a variety of signs, some of whom chanted “boycott Disney.”
FOX 11 News Los Angeles also shared information and a video about the protests.
Newsweek shares that the protests were organized by a group called Hold the Line, which it describes as a “Christian activist group.” The Hold the Line website says that it is a political activist movement whose “hope is to bring awareness that will lead to historic engagement in the governmental realm of cultural influence.”
Earlier in the week, a video had been shared calling for this protest. The video shows various news hosts discussing Disney’s decision to include more LGBTQ+ representation in its media, and shows others discussing LGBTQ+ topics. It then depicts protestors walking through the streets and calls for worshippers and parents to “take a stand for the innocence of our children.” (Newsweek)
According to FOX 11 News Los Angeles, the “protest was tied to Disney’s response to Florida’s Parental Right’s Education Bill which is also known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill by its critics.”
Other posts and videos were also shared on Twitter by Sean Feucht, the founder of Hold the Line, calling for the protests.
Videos were thereafter shared from the protest on April 7th. In one video, an individual who claims to be a Disneyland Cast Member said that “it’s gotten very hard to be someone who has conservative values.” (Newsweek)
During the protest, a mobile stage and speakers were brought out on a truck that was parked in front of the main studio gate for about 2 hours. FOX 11 News Los Angeles shares that some studio traffic appeared to be rerouted to another exit that was away from the demonstration, but most Disney employees appeared to have already left (or were working from home) by the time the protests began.
Newsweek shares that they reached out to both Disney and Hold the Line for comments, but none was shared in Newsweek’s story at the time of the writing of this post.
We’ll keep an eye out for any further news about these protests or responses from Disney and other groups. To learn more about the Parental Rights in Education Bill (which is now law) and Disney’s responses to it, click the links below:
- See the Florida Governor’s response to Disney’s statement on the passage of this Bill
- Click here to see videos from the employee walkouts related to Disney’s response to the Bill
- Learn about an internal Pixar letter that criticized Disney’s response to the Bill
And check back with us for more updates.