Did DeSantis’ scorched-earth blitz against Disney spook woke corporations?

By Laurel Duggan, DCNF

Corporations are largely silent on the likely overturning of Roe v. Wade, and many were advised to stay quiet after Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ scorched-earth fight with Disney.

Disney’s recent tangle with DeSantis ended with him stripping the company of its special administrative zone and accompanying privileges and with Disney taking a step back from politics. CEOs then began strategizing to avoid becoming the “next Disney,” according to The Wall Street Journal, and most companies have avoided debate about the likely overturning of Roe.

The video game industry has been quiet about the abortion news despite most gaming companies taking public stances on Black Lives Matter and anti-Asian hate in recent years, according to The Washington Post. Only two of the 20 companies the outlet contacted responded with statements, and neither discussed the Supreme Court case at hand.

“We are committed to an inclusive environment that is supportive of all of our employees,” a spokesperson for Activision Blizzard told The Washington Post. “As a company, providing fair and equitable health care is a top priority, and we will closely monitor developments in the coming weeks and months.”

Microsoft expressed its commitment to helping employees get abortions within what the law permits but did not comment on the Court’s likely decision to overturn Roe.

“Microsoft will continue to do everything we can under the law to protect our employees’ rights and support employees and their enrolled dependents in accessing critical health care — which already includes services like abortion and gender-affirming care — regardless of where they live across the U.S.,” the company told The Washington Post. “This support is being extended to include travel expense assistance for these and other medical services where access to care is limited in availability in an employee’s home geographic region.”

Zeno, a public relations firm that advises Coca-Cola, Hershey’s, Salesforce, Netflix and Starbucks, reportedly told its clients not to comment on the landmark abortion case in the 24 hours after the news broke, Popular Information reported, citing a client memo.

Netflix has not put out a statement on abortion, and the company released a memo Friday in response to activist employees which said, “If you find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”

Large corporations including Walmart, Disney, Meta, PwC, Salesforce, JPMorgan Chase, ThirdLove, Patagonia, Kroger and Business Roundtable that have been vocal about politics in the past wouldn’t comment on whether they planned to make statements about their abortion stances, according to The New York Times.

CNBC and Fortune reached out to dozens of the largest corporations in the U.S. in the days after the news broke about the likely end of Roe, but few gave comments about the landmark case.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Match Group, American Airlines, Walmart, Facebook, Microsoft, Comcast, Target, Lyft, GoDaddy, Glossier, Patagonia and Madewell for comments about the case. Match Group declined to comment and the other companies did not respond.

Disney came out against the Parental Rights in Education Act, which bars classroom instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation in kindergarten through third grade, March 28. DeSantis signed the bill into law that day and dissolved Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District April 22.

The company quickly stepped out of the fight and stopped publicly commenting on the legislation. Republican lawmakers had reportedly told Disney they may be able to salvage their special administrative district if they stopped sparring with DeSantis, according to the WSJ.

“It was unfortunate that Disney decided to wade into a political debate and attempt to undermine a common-sense law, enacted by a duly elected legislature and signed by a duly elected governor, with the support of the vast majority of Floridians,” a DeSantis spokesperson told TheDCNF in April.

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Min Budd
Min Budd
2 days ago

Companies must also start providing medical treatment for age dysphoria, basically where someone feels like they’re a different age than what they actually are. I have it. I am actually 21 years old but I feel like I’m still 6. This is caused by childhood trauma. I can do adult things obviously but it feels like I am faking being an adult.

Min Budd
Min Budd
2 days ago

Companies must also pay for treatment for racial dysphoria, the condition where your racial identity does not match your assigned race at birth. According to one study there are more than 35,000 new cases each year in the US.

Dawn
Dawn
2 days ago

Disney got a lot of my money over the last 20-years . NO more not one red cent Ever Never . Went to Dollywood took the whole family for five days . It was better. Cheaper and less people . All you WOKE people can have Disney.

Michelle Weber
Michelle Weber
2 days ago

I make more then $12,000 a month online. It’s enough to comfortably replace my old jobs income, especially considering I only work about 11 to 12 hours a week from home. I was amazed how easy it was after I tried it… 🙂 AND GOOD LUCK.:) HERE====)> https://www.fuljobz.com

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Michelle Weber
Michelle Weber
2 days ago

Microsoft will continue to do everything we can under the law to protect our employees’ rights and support employees and their enrolled dependents in accessing critical health care — which already includes services like abortion and gender-affirming care — regardless of where they live across the U.S.,” the company told The Washington Post. “This support is being extended to include travel expense assistance for these and other medical services where access t

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WilberAlso
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WilberAlso
2 days ago
Reply to  Michelle Weber

You’re an idiot. Florida’s law had nothing to do with healthcare.

Atilla
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Atilla
2 days ago

Class C corporation Boards of Directors have a legal fiduciary duty to manage for the benefit of stock holders. So CEOs working for the board need to know what the stockholders want and act accordingly. Apparently the Disney shareholders favored the law that Desantis signed baring sex education classes for little kids.

Adel
Adel
2 days ago

Go woke go broke

Dawn
Dawn
2 days ago
Reply to  Adel

works for me ! and Go Woke No Vote

Coco
Coco
2 days ago

It should scare you. We are all sick of crazy running the world.

Jesse W Brogan
Jesse W Brogan
2 days ago

One of the failings of modern administration is that the leadership feels that their opinions matter more than the opinions of other people.

Atilla
Trusted Member
Atilla
2 days ago
Reply to  Jesse W Brogan

CEOs need to read about their fiduciary responsibility to the shareholders.

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Apu Jjdhfauhuithaoj
2 days ago

Desantis once again is proving the best path forward to fighting woke corporate America is to elect leaders who will take the fight to them. Boycotts do not work. Disney owns hundreds of affiliates. There are many ways elected politicians can make life miserable for these corporate frauds like Disney who lecture all of us on race and sex yet stream their content into countries that kill people for being gay.

A S K
A S K
2 days ago

Is DISNEY still in business or did they go broke?

Dawn
Dawn
2 days ago
Reply to  A S K

SOON

Frannie Carlton
Frannie Carlton
2 days ago

They needed to be called out and shook up

Frannie Carlton
Frannie Carlton
2 days ago

They needed to be shook up

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 days ago

Hope so Hooray

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