Disney won’t comment on Shanghai park workers trapped in lockdown but continues to fight Florida law

The Walt Disney Co. is choosing to remain silent as thousands of its Shanghai Disney Resort employees are trapped under the CCP’s draconian “zero-COVID” policy. The company’s refusal to comment stands in stark contrast to its vocal political activism in Florida, where it seeks to repeal the state’s anti-grooming Parental Rights in Education law.

A Disney spokesperson did not respond to Breitbart News’ request for comment on the safety and well-being of “cast members” at the company’s Shanghai park. Disney is estimated to employ more than 10,000 people at the park, which was forced to close to the public indefinitely on March 21.

Shanghai has imposed blanket lockdown measures to tackle the latest coronavirus outbreak, forcing residents to scrounge for food and basic human necessities. As Breitbart News reported, the situation got so bad that the CCP deployed the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to keep people locked in their homes at gunpoint.

A general view shows a residential area at night during a COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai’s Jing’an district on April 9, 2022. (HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

The closure of Shanghai Disney represents a huge loss for Disney, which invested an estimated $5.5 billion to launch the park in 2016. Then-CEO Bob Iger led a charm offensive meant to cement relations warm company with Communist Party leaders in Beijing.

With so much investment in China, Disney has been unwilling to criticize the CCP’s human rights abuses, and has even imposed censorship on its American journalists, banning them from publicly discussing topics like the pro-democracy movement. in Hong Kong which could jeopardize the Chinese identity of the company. relationships.

But Disney has no such reservations when it comes to taking left-wing political positions at home, particularly in Florida, where the company has enjoyed unprecedented legal privileges granted by the state. Disney recently vowed to continue fighting Florida’s parental rights law after Governor Ron DeSantis (right) signed it into law last month.

Disney’s political activism could threaten its legal privileges. GOP lawmakers in Florida are considering reviewing the company’s longstanding right to autonomy that gives it broad freedoms to supervise itself. Congressional lawmakers have also suggested reviewing Disney’s copyright protections on valuable intellectual properties, including Mickey Mouse.

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