Some Republican legislators in Florida are considering punishing Walt Disney World for taking a public stand against the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill by repealing a 55-year law that allows the company to govern itself.
Florida House Rep. Spencer Roach tweeted on Wednesday that lawmakers held two meetings this week to discuss revoking the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act, which he said ‘allows Disney to act as its own government.’
Spencer, a Republican, added: ‘If Disney wants to embrace woke ideology, it seems fitting that they should be regulated by Orange County.’
The 1967 act, which was signed by then-Gov Claude Kirk, a Republican, created the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which encompasses about 25,000 acres in Orange and Osceola counties.
After DeSantis signed the bill into law, Disney released a statement, saying: ‘our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts.’
DeSantis responded to Disney’s new stance on the law by accusing the company of being dishonest and hypocritical.
‘You’ve got to wonder why is the hill to die on to have transgenderism injected into kindergarten classrooms, or woke gender ideology injected into second grade classrooms. Why is that the hill to die on?’ he asked in a Tuesday night interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.
The old conservative principle of free enterprise was based on the assumption that corporations would try to make customers happy.
Ostensibly, that would require corporations to be relatively apolitical or politically neutral, so not to offend and drive off customers.
Michael Jordan, perhaps, said it best when he was asked why he avoided politics: “Republicans buy shoes too.”
But woke capital doesn’t try to avoid offending customers.
Woke capital uses their near monopoly power to bully customers while avoiding offending the extremist minority of activist employees that cause hell on social media.
That, obviously, means they are political.
Of corporations are going to be political then a political response is justified.
If a corporation is going to put its weight against a political initiative, its totally acceptable for the politicians to push back.
I’m glad Ron DeSantis gets that. The old conservative free market approach doesn’t hold up when the free market is stacking against you.
Disney deserves to be punished.
Hopefully woke corporate America sees this and realizes that trying to appease the fringe employees over the customer base and popular politicians is too costly to do.