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Abigail Disney on right-wing media attacks on the company: “It’s nonsense”

Some conservatives are trying to attach sexual predation allegations or pedophile sympathy claims to their opponents as November’s midterms approach, and their latest target is the Walt Disney Company, the chief correspondent for the CNN media Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” on Sunday.

“These GOP media stars can claim they’re just protecting children,” Stelter said. “But they also demonize gay teachers and condemn inclusive Disney shows.”

Disney has never been shy about calling out the company her grandfather co-founded – she criticized management for furloughing workers during the pandemic and for prioritizing shareholders and its CEO over employees . But Disney understands why the company has been the target of what it considers a “coordinated strategic plan.”

“It’s so woven into families,” Disney said of the entertainment giant. “If you can create this idea that someone is trying to indoctrinate your child, the paranoid imagination can spin in circles.”

Disney said the company stands for love and acceptance, family and joy.

“It’s nonsense,” Disney said of the unfounded criticism.

The demonization of the LBGTQ community is also an attempt to roll back history, she added.

“There have been gay people whether the word was spoken or not,” Disney said. “It negates the fact that everyone, conservative or not, has a gay friend or transgender family member.”

Florida Governor Ron Desantis and Republican state lawmakers recently passed the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, which prohibits elementary school educators from discussing gender identity and orientation issues. sex with students and sparked the conservative backlash against Disney. Desantis signaled his support for stripping the company of its 55-year-old special status that allows it to operate as a quasi-independent government inside its Orlando theme park.

“This attack on Disney was so timed and deployed so strategically that it was really hard for me to imagine it didn’t stem from a series of decisions made behind the scenes,” Disney said.

Disney said company CEO Bob Chapek needed to be brave and take a tough stance.

“You can’t claim neutrality if you support the people who write these laws,” Disney said. “But in addition, there is no longer any neutrality.”


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