A conservative Disney employee said the company is ‘making a terrible miscalculation’ for opposing the just-signed ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law, and suggested Republican staff and parkgoers may boycott the famous theme park.
Jose Castillo, who is also running for Congress in Florida, said his employer’s decision to oppose the controversial Parental Rights Bill, which has been dubbed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, could be ‘bad for business’ as not everyone is a ‘raging liberal’ who works there.
‘There’s this misconception that everyone at Disney are just raging liberals and I think that can’t be farther from the truth,’ Castillo said on Fox News on Wednesday. ‘I have tons of people that are working for the Walt Disney Company that reach out to me daily on social media [that are Republican].’
The ‘strong conservative’ also said he wasn’t ‘concerned about my job,’ despite his opposing opinion to Disney executives. Castillo works as a manager at the resort.
‘I think if I were to get fired for my views, I think it would send a wrong message to conservatives, that conservatives would not be welcome at Disney.’
He also said Disney’s position on the bill could be ‘bad for business’ as it’s saying ‘our goal is for the law to be repealed by the legislator or struck down by the courts.’
Jose Castillo, a Disney employee and Congress hopeful, said Disney is ‘making a terrible miscalculation’ by supporting the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill. ‘There’s this misconception that everyone at Disney are just raging liberals and I think that can’t be farther from the truth,’ he said on Wednesday. He argued that Disney’s liberal stance on the bill isolated conservative workers who ‘voted for our state legislator,’ which passed the bill
He argues that many staff were in favor of the bill and the company’s pushback against its own workers is killing democracy.
Only a ‘small minority within the Walt Disney Company that’s a part of the LGBT community are screaming the loudest and they’re being the most vocal,’ he said.
CEO of Disney Bob Chapek has announced the company disagrees with the Parental Rights Bill, which has been dubbed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill
‘The left talks about democracy, but what about our democracy?’ Castillo questioned. ‘The people of Florida, a lot of Disney cast members, voted for our state legislature. These are dually elected members of the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate who passed this bill, [and] sent it to the governor, and thank God our governor has the backbone to stand up to companies like [Disney] to stand with the people of Florida, stand with the parents to protect our children.’
Fox News’ Laura Ingraham suggested Disney’s position could isolate Republicans from going to Disney parks and could cause conservatives to boycott the most Magical Place on Earth. Castillo agreed, stating that’s why Disney needed its conservative employees to speak out.
‘We need conservatives like me – I being a candidate, I’m being as loud as I can to tell people we need to stand up for our conservative values. And I’ll be doing the same in Congress.’
President Biden on Wednesday tore into the ‘political attacks’ on transgender children coming from state legislators across the country such as Florida’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.
‘Visibility matters, and so many transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming Americans are thriving,’ Biden said in a statement marking Transgender Visibility Day. ‘Despite this progress, transgender Americans continue to face discrimination, harassment, and barriers to opportunity.’
Biden said that in 2021 and 2022, states had proposed ‘hundreds of anti-transgender bills. ‘Efforts to criminalize supportive medical care for transgender kids, to ban transgender children from playing sports, and to outlaw discussing LGBTQI+ people in schools undermine their humanity and corrode our Nation’s values.’
However, another Disney employee, writing under the pseudonym Ethan L. Clay, claimed the company’s leaders have ‘surrendered’ to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) ideology and instilled a culture that forces employees who support the law to remain quiet out of fear of scrutiny or termination.
‘I encourage everyone to ignore the bloviating of Disney executive leadership, from CEO Bob Chapek all the way down to park VPs,’ Clay penned in his blog post published on Quillette.com Tuesday. ‘These people are not thought-leaders or cultural revolutionaries. They are cowards held hostage by the prevailing narrative, and they will run in whichever direction that narrative dictates.’
He argued the organization’s top leaders do not represent the ‘real Disney Parks and Resorts employees’ who are ‘as diverse as the country itself’ and mostly want ‘Disney to shut up about politics’.
‘The company’s attempts to use us as a bloc to push their political agenda is intolerant, exploitative, and profoundly un-Disney,’ Clay stated.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a parental rights bill that bans teachers from giving classroom instruction on ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘ gender identity’ in kindergarten through third grade
He also said in a blog post that employees used ‘their ample spare time for internal political action’ during the pandemic lockdown.
‘The [Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion] department within the company expanded by an astonishing 633 percent in 2019–21, at the same time that nearly every other department was contracting by 25–75 percent,’ employee Ethan Clay said.
At the same time, the fifth key, Inclusion, was added to the four other Disney training keys: Safety, Courtesy, Show, and Efficiency.
He said the original four keys helped ‘Disney cast members tell stories that appeal across demographic, geographic, ethnic, religious, and political lines.’
‘Every major event that took place in American society since Disneyland first opened its gates in 1955 rolled by and the Four Keys remained unaltered. And yet, in 2021, as the nation reopened from lockdowns in fits and starts, the Fifth Key of Inclusion was added. Why now? Why at all?’ he questioned.
He said ‘Florida was the final straw’ and that ‘Disney has been rotting from the inside for quite some time.’