Because Florida, Gov. Ron “I Hate Everything That Other People Love” DeSantis signed a bill on Friday to dissolve the private government Walt Disney World controls on its property in the state, punishing the entertainment giant for opposing a new law that critics call “Don’t Say Gay.”
The law would eliminate the Reedy Creek Improvement District, as the 55-year-old Disney government is known, as well as a handful of other similar districts by June 2023. The measure does allow for the districts to be reestablished, leaving an avenue to renegotiate the future of the deal that allows the company to provide services such as zoning, fire protection, utilities, and infrastructure. But opponents of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill are hoping that Disney will move their business out of the state entirely, leaving thousands unemployed and creating a giant hole in Florida’s essential tourist industry.
DeathSantis began throwing this manufactured hissy fit when he heard Disney’s criticism of the new law, which blocks all instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade as well as instruction that is not “age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate.” DeathSantis and his fellow Repressed Florida Republicans have defended the law as reasonable, saying that parents, not teachers, should be discussing such topics with children. This overlooks the fact that a higher percentage of kids and young adults don’t feel safe or comfortable coming out at home and often seek the guidance of a teacher or administrator to help them work through it. Disney eventually said it would suspend political donations in the state and that it would support organizations working to oppose the new law.
No, Disney will not leave Orlando. But Disney will pay a LOT of money to make sure Ron DeSantis leaves Tallahassee.
— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) April 22, 2022
But wait! DeathSantis wasn’t done being terrible on Friday, nope! He also did a giant racism, BECAUSE FLORIDA. DeathSantis signed into law new guidelines Friday involving race-based discussions in businesses and schools as part of his campaign against critical race theory, which he called “pernicious” ideology. But really, he just wanted to give another terrible Republican more money, because Florida.
This all about steering money to one textbook company with close ties to Desantis-world and other GOP figures.
The CRT is just the excuse, and a way for DeSantis to push a little more culture war juice into his doomed presidential campaign. https://t.co/9zcy4T90vc
— Thomas Levenson, Zṓiarchos (@TomLevenson) April 22, 2022
So because Florida is a swamp filled with alligators on cocaine, DeathSantis can’t let people who aren’t him just live. And now his entire state will suffer for his ego. Because Florida.
Ron DeSantis has done more to regulate gay kids than he’s done to prevent the next Parkland shooting or Surfside building collapse.
— David Hogg 🌻 (@davidhogg111) April 17, 2022