The fight between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Walt Disney Company has just escalated to a whole new level.
For the past 100 years, the Walt Disney Company has been known throughout the world as a provider of wholesome, family-friendly content. However, in recent years this squeaky clean image has smeared due to the changing definition of what “family friendly” content is. Disney has made their position clear as a supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and BIPOC.
This stance has put the company on the wrong side of many Americans who find these discussions inappropriate for children. Disney’s biggest challenge has been finding itself in the crosshairs of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been feuding with the company over various issues.
Disney vs. DeSantis: A Never-Ending Battle
The conflict between the Walt Disney Co and Governor DeSantis began when Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke out against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Soon after, their conflict reignited over a government entity called the Reedy Creek Improvement District. The district was created in 1967 at the request of Walt Disney to manage the infrastructure of the newly established Walt Disney World Resort. It has its own elected board and taxing authority, and it is exempt from most state and local regulations.
Currently, Disney and Gov DeSantis are preparing to engage in a lawsuit over the issue. For the past few weeks, there hasn’t been much movement from either side, but that all changed when an advertisement was dropped this morning.
“Once Upon a Time…”
A 30-second television advertisment has been created by Never Back Down, a super PAC supporting Gov Ron DeSantis’s presidential bid. The ad, which is called “Once Upon a Time,” calls out Disney by name and blames them for corrupting children.
The ad says;
“Once Upon a Time, Disney films were for kids, not secret sexual content.”
Target and Bud Light are also called out by name in the video for perpetuating the “woke agenda.” As of now, no comment has been made by the Walt Disney Company on the advertisement.