Florida Gov. Ron Descentis has suggested that Walt Disney Co.’s education law should be stripped of its “privileged privileges” in the state, which has been dubbed by opponents as a “don’t call it gay” bill.
Descentis is referring to a 1967 state law that created a special district around Walt Disney World, which allowed the company to autonomize many of its activities and developments.
The governor told reporters on Thursday: “Someone said, ‘Hey, Disney has all these special features. Should you take revenge on them for coming out and scrapping this bill? ‘ I do not believe you are ‘vengeance’, but I think what I will say, as a matter of first principle, I do not support special privileges in law. Only because one company is strong and they have been able to run a lot of power. “
After initially being publicly neutral as the bill passed the state legislature, Disney CEO Bob Chapek then announced his opposition to the company. This week, after DeSantis signed into law, Disney issued a statement saying the law “should never have been passed and should never have been signed.”
“Our goal as a company is to have this law repealed by the legislature or hit the courts, and we are committed to supporting national and state agencies working to achieve this,” the company said.
Dissentes has since exploded the company. Spencer Roach, a Florida lawmaker, wrote on Twitter Wednesday that lawmakers are discussing the repeal of the special district. “If Disney wants to embrace the awakening ideology, it seems appropriate that they should be controlled by Orange County,” he wrote.
A Disney spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
At his press conference, Descentis said that Disney had “lost a lot of the tension they had before, and really, I think it’s a good thing for our state. Since the state should be governed by the best interests of the people, you should not have an organization that Able to set policy in all different fields and they have done it for many years. And if it stopped now, which it should do, it would be a good thing for Florida.
He added: “I would say that any special privileges that the law has, I would like to get rid of in general, but I think in the case of Disney in this particular case, I do not think there are more people in your legislature who have done what has been done for many years. They will be able to defend a lot of things so that they can control themselves. “