Florida’s HB 1557, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, has been no stranger to the spotlight recently, with executives and Cast Members of The Walt Disney Company weighing in on the topic. Disney’s response has prompted backlash from some Florida politicians, which has come in the form of the dissolution of Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District.
The controversy involving Disney and Florida politicians has captured national attention, with other leaders weighing in as well. And now, it looks like someone else has something to say about the dissonance between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Disney — the President of the United States.
According to Deadline, President Joe Biden commented on Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education (“Don’t Say Gay”) law at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Wednesday.
In speaking about the recent controversy, President Biden remarked, “Did you ever think we’d be in a position in the year 2022 – we’d be talking about banning books in schools? …What’s going to happen to a gay child, an L[G]BTQ child in school? I mean, this thing. It’s one thing to take on Disney World. They’re going to storm Cinderella’s castle before this is over.”
But DeSantis isn’t the only lawmaker taking aim at Disney, as Senator Josh Hawley (Missouri) has introduced legislation that would end the copyright protections on Mickey Mouse (among other creative works), which had previously been extended into 2024.
And Texas Representative Troy Nehls has gone after the Disney Parks’ no-fly-zone privileges as well, arguing that flight restrictions “should be reserved for compelling national security and safety needs.” Both Disneyland and Disney World have been no-fly zones since 2003.
Disney has not yet commented on the legislative efforts to dissolve the Reedy Creek Improvement District or end the copyright protections, and no questions about the issue were raised during the company’s Q2 earnings call on Wednesday, either.
We’ll continue to keep watching as this story develops, so stay tuned to AllEars for more of the latest updates.