Disney continues to face backlash over the company’s response to the State of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law.
on Tuesday that would strip “woke corporations like Disney” of special protections that enable them to hold material for multiple decades. (R-Mo.) introduced
The so-called proposed by Hawley would limit copyrighted material to just 56 years. If passed, the The and others could immediately lose protections for their and apply the new rule retroactively, meaning Disney and other companies could immediately lose protections if the law were passed. would apply the rule retroactively. This means that
That means that Steamboat Willie, the for which Disney’s expires in 2023, could immediately become part of the , should ‘s proposal pass in Congress.
In addition to ‘s proposed , members of Congress who serve on the Republican Study Commission wrote a letter to the embattled CEO of The , expressing their opposition to continuing the on the Mouse who began it all. The referred to in that letter is specifically related to the Steamboat Willie, which is set to expire on January 1, 2024.
Their reasoning? According to the group of Congressmen, The “has capitulated to far-left activists through hypocritical, woke corporate actions,” citing Disney’s recent stance on Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education” law.
Senator Hawley’s proposed The , after Florida lawmakers drafted a bill to strip Disney of its self-governing status in the Sunshine State, afforded to Disney by the Reedy Creek Improvement Act of 1967. is the latest in what some are calling a “Republican attack” on
The move by Florida lawmakers and made a statement, taking issue with Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, prohibits classroom instruction about sexual orientation and from kindergarten through third grade. came after
Hawley’s bill goes after not just one , but a long list of iconic personas, stretching from Mickey Mouse to Marvel superheroes.
said in a press release that “the age of Republican handouts to is over.”
Congress passed the known as the , at that time, which granted additional years of to Disney for the beloved classic Mickey , keeping from becoming part of the at that time.,
“Thanks to pandering to woke activists,” Hawley said in a statement. “It’s time to take away Disney’s special privileges and open up a new era of creativity and innovation.” from Congress, woke corporations like Disney have earned billions while increasingly