An Open Letter to Disney: Put Parents and Children Before Politics

Disney employees staged an all-day walkout in protest of Florida HB 1557, a bill that protects parents and children.

The problem? Those are among Disney's key consumers.

In response, Family Policy Alliance and Florida Family Policy Council have posted an open letter to Disney. The letter begins:

As a company whose primary consumers are parents and their children, turning against Disney's own audience for supposed political gain seems nonsensical. Yet, in opposing Florida's HB 1557 bill supporting parents and protecting children from sexualization, that is exactly what Disney has done. We, the undersigned, urge Disney to reconsider its opposition to Florida's parental rights bill, HB 1557, and any others like it around the country.

"Disney has long been a household name, and has tried for decades to paint itself as a family-friendly entertainment company," says Craig DeRoche, CEO and president of Family Policy Alliance. "A decision that's bad for parents is a decision that's bad for Disney. Yet, in one fell swoop, Disney has managed to oppose both good parents and good policy."

John Stemberger, president of Florida Family Policy Council, also chimed in on Disney's stance:

"The Disney CEO is being played like a fiddle and manipulated like a playdough cartoon," Stemberger says. "Even though 67% of Americans oppose what they are doing, Disney is more concerned with the screaming mob of woke employees who are literally bullying the company by abandoning paying guests at theme parks.

"Both Walt Disney and Roy Disney must be rolling around in their graves," he adds. "Disney has long lost its neutral status as a unifying nonpolitical element of our culture. Instead, they have now become political leftists and enemy number one to their primary base of customers—parents with small children."

As the letter articulates, HB 1557 "supports the rights of parents to have access to critical information about their child's academics, health and well-being. The bill also protects very young children, ages nine and younger, from being exposed to sexual themes and ideas."

The two pro-family organizations invite members of the public to sign their own names to the letter here.

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