Following the company’s vocal resistance to a controversial parental rights law in Florida, Florida Republican Governor Ronald Dion DeSantis addressed the notion of abolishing a 55-year-old state provision that allows Disney to virtual rule itself on the grounds of Walt Disney World.
DeSantis and Disney have been feuding recently over a contentious parental rights measure that he recently signed into law.
“As a matter of fundamental principle, I don’t support special legal protections simply because a firm is powerful and has been able to wield a lot of power,” DeSantis stated at a press conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday.
Leading up to Monday’s signing of the controversial bill, Disney has been in a verbal battle with Republicans in Florida.
The bill prohibits classroom instruction on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” with children in third grade or younger “or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”
Last year, Republicans were working on a bill to rein in big tech until Disney added a “carve-out” for theme parks at the “11th hour,” according to DeSantis. “I’m thinking to myself, ‘This is absurd.'” “To be honest, it was humiliating.” He added.
“I think what has happened is there are a lot of these special privileges that are not justifiable,” DeSantis continued, “but because Disney had such sway over the years, they were able to sustain a lot of special treatment.”
DeSantis said Disney’s reaction to the parental rights bill has “lost a lot of the pull that they used to have,” which he thinks is a “positive thing for our state because the state should be controlled by the best interests of the people.”
DeSantis made his remarks after Florida State Rep. Spencer Roach tweeted that he had spoken with legislators to propose abolishing the self-governing law in response to Disney’s recent actions.
Yesterday was the 2nd meeting in a week w/fellow legislators to discuss a repeal of the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act, which allows Disney to act as its own government. If Disney wants to embrace woke ideology, it seems fitting that they should be regulated by Orange County. pic.twitter.com/6sj29Gj6Wz
— SpencerRoach (@SpencerRoachFL) March 30, 2022