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Disney CEO Bob Chapek told employees during a virtual town hall that he regretted not taking a public stance against Florida's controversial 'Don't Say Gay' bill and that the company will create a task force to focus on more LGBTQ content
Disney workers are planning a massive walkout on Tuesday to protest the company's response to the bill, which limits classroom discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity. Above, demonstrators at a rally at the Walt Disney Company in Orlando on March 2
Disney has reportedly reinstated a gay kiss in its upcoming Toy Story spinoff amid the criticism. Hawthorne (voiced by Uzo Aduba), a character in the film Lightyear, has a relationship with another female character in the film
Parents have taken to social media to criticize Disney for catering to the demands of some of its employees and fans who want more LGBTQ representation in media
Disney expressed support for the demonstration in a Facebook post Tuesday morning
'We oppose any legislation that infringes on basic human rights, and stand in solidarity and support our LGBTQIA+ Cast, Crew, and Imagineers and fans who make their voices heard today and every day,' the company said.
The demonstration is the culmination of a series of smaller protests that have happened between 3pm and 3.15pm every day since March 15.
Organizers have branded Tuesday's event as a 'full walkout' that will take place between 8am and 6pm 'or whenever your shift begins/ends.' They say they expect participation from production, marketing, IT and other non-unionized jobs.
Romualdas Dulskis, a Teamsters official in Orlando whose local represents costumed characters who portray Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and Stich at Walt Disney World along with bus drivers and other Disney workers, said his union did not support the walkout.
'That's just not the way we are going to go about this,' he said.
Union leaders said contracts prohibits work stoppages or disruptions.
'I don't want to downplay anyone's efforts, if someone feels what they are doing is the right way to make an impact,; said Eric Clinton, president of Unite Here! Local 362, which represents custodians, housekeepers and other Disney World workers.
'We aren't part of that. It would violate our contract if members of our union participated, though we are concerned about the issue, of course.'
I was exposed to Gays and transgenders growing up in Brooklyn Bed Stuy in the 60's, had a Black teacher Mr. Brown in JHS 111, a flaming sissy, had a tranny named benny and one named Puss who wore hot pants and looked just like James Brown in drag, whites have been corrupting Black kids since the early sixties, now it is biting them in their white butts where their kids are being polluted........Karma is a bytch.
Lol and majority on negros will follow and let their kids watch, because they have to do what white people tell them to, but those are the same negros who are still begging white people for voting rights, how come Disney dont stand for black causes like that? Think about it or be gay and be happy with a bunch of gay kids.
Is it so needed now?
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