‘Silent Majority’ of Disney Employees Speak Out Against Company’s Stance on Florida Law, Cast Member Says


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José Castillo, a current Walt Disney Company employee who is running for Congress in Florida as a Republican, told Fox News Digital that a growing cohort of his fellow Disney “cast members” are speaking out against the company’s decision to vocally oppose to the Florida Parental Rights Act.

“There’s definitely growing pressure within Disney,” Castillo told Fox News Digital, adding that “at some point, I think Disney executives will have to respond.”

Castillo previously told Fox News Digital that a “silent majority” of Disney employees Support parental rights law HB 1557, even though the company has taken a public stand against it after LGBTQ employees protested. Although critics call it the “Don’t Say Gay” law, it does not ban the word “gay” in schools. Rather, it prohibits classroom teaching — not informal discussion — about “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” with children in grade three or younger, “or in any way that does not is not appropriate for the age or development of the students in accordance with state standards.”

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Castillo spoke to Fox News after another Disney ‘cast member’ – the company’s preferred term for employees – leaked. screenshot internal message boards showing that many cast members actually support the Florida law, including some who identified as gay.

“I’m gay and believe any form of sex ed shouldn’t be taught until you’re older and able to understand it,” one employee wrote, according to screenshots Jack Posobiec of Human Events shared on Twitter. The actor added, “Leave the bill alone as it does not harm ANY member of the LGBT community, nor straight people.”

“Let the kids be kids,” another cast member reportedly wrote.

Walt Disney employees and protesters at a rally against Florida "don't say gay" bill at Griffith Park in Glendale, California, U.S. on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

Walt Disney employees and protesters during a rally against Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill at Griffith Park in Glendale, California, U.S., Tuesday, March 22, 2022.
(Alisha Jucevic/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“I can’t speak to those specific messages, but they sound exactly like what I’m hearing from my fellow cast members,” Castillo told Fox News Digital. “And ever since I started talking about it, I’ve had phone calls and emails from other cast members here in Orlando and even in California. speaking out, donating to my campaign, and offering their support, so it doesn’t surprise me at all to see these screenshots of the message board.”

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“I said that while Disney executives grease the squeaky wheel, there is a silent majority of us who disagree with Disney’s statements,” he added.

Castillo also referenced recent comments by DisneyBizJournal.com economist and editor Ray Keating to Fox Business. Keating urged Disney CEO Bob Chapek to “get back to business, that is, excellence in storytelling, and stop wasting shareholders’ money on political crusades that have no nothing to do with Disney business.”

Disney's Bob Chapek speaks during the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 Opening Ceremony at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 8, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

Disney’s Bob Chapek speaks during the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 Opening Ceremony at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 8, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.
(Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus)

“I think the leaked message boards and shareholder statement not only confirm what I said, but show that the silent majority is starting to make noise,” the actor added. “I expect that to continue.”

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Castillo insisted it was not too late for Disney to repair the damage.

“I believe they have time to go back,” he told Fox News Digital. “Disney once set out to be the most admirable company in the world. They can still do it, but it takes some humility and an admission that they were wrong to push the divisive rhetoric and pretend speak for all of us.”

“If they want to speak with a unified voice on behalf of the company, they must seek to do so by upholding universal values, not the values ​​of the fringe left,” Castillo concluded.




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