Disney+, Hulu, ESPN, Pixar, Disney Parks Protest Anti-Grooming Laws Amid Disney Walkout

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    “Disney+ stands by our LGBTQIA+ employees, colleagues, families, storytellers, and fans, and we strongly denounce all legislation that infringes on the basic human rights of people in the LGBTQIA+ community–especially legislation that targets and harms young people and their families,” Disney+ contended in a statement it released on Tuesday. “We strive to create a service that reflects the world in which we live, and our hope is to be a source for inclusive, empowering, and authentic stories that unite us in our shared humanity.” 

    “Today and every day, we Hulugans are united against all legislation that infringes on the basic human rights of the LGBTQIA+ community,” Hulu tweeted at the exact moment in conjunction with Disney+ on Tuesday. “We stand with our LGBTQIA+ colleagues, storytellers, families, friends, and fans who are targeted by laws that marginalize and diminish their identities and lives. We remain committed to telling inclusive stories that unite us and celebrate the diverse LGBTQIA+ community.”

    “All of us at Pixar stand with our LGBTQIA+ colleagues, friends, families, and fans around the world who are targeted by laws that marginalize and diminish their identities and lives,” Pixar reiterated.

    ESPN also participated in the discussion by sharing its views on Tuesday's morning news. In the meantime, Disney Parks took to Instagram to share photos of their parks.

    The company's statements were released a week after Marvel Studios, owned by Disney, issued a statement saying that it will not support “any and all” bills that prohibit transgenderism discussion in school spaces.

    “We strongly denounce any and ALL legislation that infringes on the basic human rights of the LGBTQIA+ community,” the company stated. “Marvel Studios stands for hope, inclusivity and strength; and we proudly stand with the community. Today, we pledge to continue our strong commitment as allies who promote the values of equality, acceptance and respect.”

    The comments are a rebuke against Bob Chapek's, Disney’s chief executive officer, initial reaction in response to the Florida bill that LGBTQIA2S+ advocates and their allies have described as the “Don't Say Gay” bill. Disney has come under fire both from inside and outside for its initial silence on the Florida bill and also over reports that Disney has donated funds to the bill's sponsor.

    This month, in the wake of that controversy and with the Walt Disney Company facing the ire of left-wing activists, Chapek agreed to the protesters’ demands and revealed that the company would give $5 million to LGBTQ groups in response to the legislation that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is likely to sign into law.

    While Disney struggles to placate its employees and other people who oppose anti-grooming legislation, however, the company continues to conduct business with China, despite Beijing's continuing massacre of minority groups in Xinjiang and Tibet. Disney continues to release films on the Chinese market and manages theme parks located in Shanghai as well as Hong Kong.

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