After more than a week of Disney has said it will work to help repeal the law.of the company’s response to an anti-LGBTQ bill in Florida,
“The ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill should never have been passed and should never have been signed into law,” the Walt Disney Company said in a statement Monday. “Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that.”
The statement comes the same day Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law.
Instead of fully condemning the bill prior to it being passed by the Florida legislature, CEO Bob Chapek had said, “I believe the best way for our company to bring about lasting change is through the inspiring content we produce.” However, a letter sent by Pixar employees to Disney leadership earlier this month reportedly said openly gay storylines and moments have been cut from Pixar films by Disney.
After backlash from within the company, Chapek wrote a letter to employees saying: “It is clear that this is not just an issue about a bill in Florida, but instead yet another challenge to basic human rights. You needed me to be a stronger ally in the fight for equal rights and I let you down. I am sorry.”
According to Politico, Disney donated $50,000 to Gov. DeSantis. The news outlet said Disney also gave $913,000 to the Republican Party of Florida, $586,000 to Republican Senate campaigns and $313,000 to the Florida Democratic Party. Disney has since ceased political donations in Florida as it reviews the activity in the wake of employee protests.