Over the weekend, protesters showed up at an entrance to the Resort to hold demonstrations against Disney’s recent stance on Florida’s “ in Education” , which was signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on March 28.
Some of the demonstrators, however, have taken their dislike for Disney’s stance to another level, accusing the of promoting pedophilia in its parks.
According to The Independent, a rally took place just outside the gates of the Resort on April 16. The rally featured a costumed Mickey Mouse who donned a MAGA shirt, as well as a hat that read “Make American Great Again.” Others in the group of protesters held signage that promoted Governor DeSantis and “DeSantisland,” while some held signs that called for their children to be left alone.
One handwritten sign read, “It’s not about homosexuality or heterosexuality; stop promoting sexuality to our children, period. Let them be kids.”
Some of the protesters pinned a large sign on the entrance sign with the words, “PEDO WORLD” taped onto it. The sign was later ripped down by a passer-by, and photos from the rally seem to depict a Sheriff’s officer on the scene assisting in removing the signage from Disney’s property. (The first photo is grainy because of the resolution of the Twitter video.)
The group reportedly called itself a “Patriot Convoy,” a nod reminiscent of the trucker protests that took place weeks ago in the Resort, but the deterrent was unsuccessful, given that there are multiple gates into the Resort property. of COVID-19 restrictions. The “convoy” had planned a “blockade” at the park entrance, seemingly in an attempt to deter Guests from entering
Florida’s “ in Education” has been a topic of discussion for weeks.
When the was introduced, it was met with opposition, and the opposition only grew. was silent on the issue, spurring many of those opposed to the to demand a response from Disney: a condemnation of the completely.
Chapek ultimately made The ‘s stance public, condemning the and condemning the actions of those who drafted it. Chapek continued by announcing a cessation of so long as the stayed on the table.
Florida’s “ in Kindergarten, first, second, and third grades, but it does not prohibit casual discussion or conversation about in Education” law prohibits classroom instruction about and or . It also does not prohibit the use of the word “gay,” despite the name given to it by those who oppose it: Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” .