Ron DeSantis Doesn’t Buy Disney CEO Bob Iger’s Regrets About Being “Dragged” into the Battle Over Florida’s “Anti-Grooming Bill”

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    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is taking aim at the Walt Disney Company's returning chief executive officer, Bob Iger, who complained that the company was somehow “dragged” into a political dispute brewing in the Sunshine State over the “Parental Rights in Education” bill.

    DeSantis made his remarks during an interview Tuesday evening with Fox News' Tucker Carlson.

    Carlson set the scene by playing a video clip of Iger, who decided to return to the position of chief executive of Disney in the aftermath of his predecessor Bob Chapek's turbulent tenure, expressing his regret: “I was sorry to see us dragged into that battle. And I have no idea exactly what its ramifications are in terms of the business itself.

    “What I can say is, the state of Florida has been important to us for a long time, and we have been very important to the state of Florida,” Iger said at a town hall event attended by Disney staff, according to a report by Breitbart News. “That is something I'm extremely mindful of and will articulate if I get the chance.”

    Iger's return is a sign that the company is battling to sustain its financial health following several self-inflicted failures.

    DeSantis, for his part, has a different take on Disney's troubles. He dismissed Iger's stance as that of an innocent who was dragged into a fight over what its critics call the “Don't Say Gay Bill.”

    “We didn't drag them in, Tucker,” the Florida governor told Carlson. “They went in on their own, and not only opposed the bill. They threatened to get it repealed.”

    DeSantis was referring to a statement made by Disney in March, when the entertainment giant stated that the company's “goal” was to see the new law on parental rights “repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that.”

    “These are parents' rights, important policies in our state that are very popular,” the governor said.  “And so they brought this on themselves. All we did was stand up for what’s right. And, yes, they’re a big, powerful company. But you know what? We stand up for our folks. And I don’t care what a Burbank-based California company says about our laws.”

    The Florida law shields children in kindergarten through third grade from being exposed to adult-oriented sexual content based on gender theories. The bill also guarantees parents’ rights to know what's taking place at their children's schools.

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