President Biden Comments on Recent Issues Between Disney and Florida Politicians

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.

Cinderella Castle

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.

©Tiffany Blanchette | The Daily Journal via the Associated Press

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.”

Cinderella Castle

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.

Hey, Mickey!

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.

Hollywood Studios

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.

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3 Replies to “President Biden Comments on Recent Issues Between Disney and Florida Politicians”

  1. I’m selfish enough to want the no fly zone to stay in place just for the benefit of not hearing or seeing aircraft, especially the skywriting ones. I would also argue that it should legitimately stay in place as a safety measure. I doubt there is any other spot in America that consistently contains a higher concentration of people than the areas within the parks and that the chances of a plane crash or intentional aircraft attack would be more devastating due to the potential number of lives at risk in the area. Besides, it’s in place already and I’ve never heard of any issues it has caused air travel in the past.

  2. Biden might not speak with the same eloquence as his pal Barack, but he’s on the right side of history regarding this issue, at least.