(Video: Fox News)
A Florida-based Walt Disney Company employee who’s running for Congress in the hope of ousting Democrat Rep. Darren Soto has claimed that the “silent majority” of his fellow Disney employees support the Parental Rights in Education bill.
“There is immense pressure to toe the company line. However, the reality is that those drawing attention to this issue are in the minority. The Disney cast members who support the parental rights defended by HB 1557 far outnumber those who are protesting against it,” according to aspiring Republican congressman Jose Castillo.
The problem, he told Fox News in an interview this week, is that Disney and other “woke” corporations “listen to the loudest voices” instead of the majority.
“That is why I am standing up for our shared conservative values — to show other conservative cast members like me that we need to speak up and stand strong.”
His remarks to Fox News come amid an effort by Disney to inject itself into Florida politics by joining the efforts to overturn the Parental Rights in Education bill:
Statement from The Walt Disney Company on signing of Florida legislation: pic.twitter.com/UVI7Ko3aKS
— Walt Disney Company (@WaltDisneyCo) March 28, 2022
Though the bill simply prohibits age-inappropriate school discussions of sex and gender, particularly around young children in kindergarten through third grade, Disney has latched onto the Democrat- and media-created narrative that the bill is designed to basically force gay people back into the closet. Thus the nickname “Don’t Say Gay.”
“Florida’s HB 1557, also known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, should never have passed and should never have been signed into law,” the company wrote in a statement shared on Twitter on Monday.
“Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that.”
Notice how the Walt Disney Company used the left’s framing by referring to the Parental Rights in Education bill as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Castillo believes this decision by Disney to join the “woke” crusade against Florida is a mistake.
“I think that it’s a terrible miscalculation because it’s clear that the democratic process produced this law. Floridians, including Disney employees, democratically elected Florida’s state House representatives and state senators, and those elected officials passed this law; and then, thank God, Governor DeSantis signed it into law,” he said.
Polling data likewise shows that a majority of all Floridians, including even Democrats, support the bill:
Poll: Majority of Dems support Fla’s parental rights bill as DeSantis sees healthy lead over opponents https://t.co/LoD9oP8fYs
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) March 26, 2022
It appears that the only people who oppose the bill are a small contingent of radical LGBT activists and those whom said activists have brainwashed.
Speaking on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” late Wednesday, Castillo reiterated to host Laura Ingraham some of the same points he’d made to Fox News.
“There’s a misconception out there that everyone at Disney’s raging liberals. I think that could not be further from the truth. From my perspective as a candidate running for Congress, I have tons of people that work for the Walt Disney Company that reach out to me daily,” he said.
He also slammed Disney for purporting to support democracy, yet trying to overturn a bill that was produced through the democratic process.
“Their statement … our goal as a company is for the law to be repealed by the legislator or struck down by the courts. And you know, in the left they talk about democracy after this election, and so what about our democracy right now? The people of Florida, a lot of Disney customers, voted for our state legislature,” he said.
“These are duly elected members of the Florida House of Representatives, the Florida Senate who passed this bill, sent it to the governor and, thank God, our governor has the backbone to stand up to companies like mine, Disney, and pass this bill, and stand with the people of Florida, to stand with the parents and protect our children.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 29, 2022
Ingraham appreciated his rhetoric but pushed back and asked why he continues to work for a company that holds such a deep disdain for traditional Americans.
“Why would you want to work at a company where the company essentially thinks that you’re a bigot? I mean, what they said essentially about Ron DeSantis and all the activists who supported what Disney did, was that Ron DeSantis was a bigot,” she said.
“So I mean, again, the message to traditional Americans is you’re not welcome here. That’s the message Disney is sending out. … They do not think that traditional Americans should have a seat at the table or frankly even be on corporate boards,” Ingraham contended.
Though she didn’t allow Castillo to respond — she’d run out of time — in fairness to him, the economy’s in tatters, a job is a job and he, too, has bills to pay.
“Quitting” Disney is a much easier task for conservative customers like Karol Markowicz of the New York Post.
“For those of us who grew up with Disney as part of our lives, it’s sad to imagine that our kids won’t be watching Disney movies or going to Disney theme parks. But watching Disney execs openly discuss brainwashing kids into gender theory makes cutting off Disney an easy choice,” she wrote Wednesday.
The op-ed came shortly after video footage emerged showing Disney execs proudly talking about their efforts to indoctrinate children with radical LGBT ideology.
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