Something of a rift has apparently been developing between Pixar and Disney lately over Pixar content being shipped directly to Disney+ even in the face of relaxed COVID restrictions and opened theaters. Now a new battlefront has opened up.
The Parental Rights in Education Bill implemented in Florida states that lessons about sexual orientation are banned outright in kindergarten through third grade. It also prohibits lessons in other grades unless they are “age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate.”
However, that hasn’t stopped it from being dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by protestors who argue that it will stigmatize and marginalize students. Students in the age bracket targetted by the outright ban are from the age of 4 up to 9 years old.
Indiana, Kansas, and Tennessee are also considering similar bills. Disney CEO Bob Chapek criticized Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over the bill. DeSantis fired back that he won’t take lectures from Disney when they bend the knee to the Chinese Communist Party and turn a blind eye to their horrors.
The Disney CEO then released a statement last week saying the biggest impact the company can make is:
“…in creating a more inclusive world is through the inspiring content we produce…”
He went on to pledge $5 million to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and other organizations in support of opposition to the bill. The conscience washing failed to have any impact as the HRC rejected Disney’s donation, saying they cannot accept it until:
“…we see them build on their public commitment [and] meaningful action is taken to combat [the legislation]”
This has got the LGBTQIA+ contingent at Pixar all riled up, adding to the already febrile atmosphere between Pixar and its parent company. The LGBTQIA+ employees of Pixar and their allies have responded by writing an open letter to Chapek, saying this statement is nonsensical as several Pixar pitches and scripts featuring LGBTQIA+ elements were apparently rejected by Disney. Woke vs Family Values and Brand. Fascinating:
“We at Pixar have personally witnessed beautiful stories, full of diverse characters, come back from Disney corporate reviews shaved down to crumbs of what they once were.
Nearly every moment of overtly gay affection is cut at Disney’s behest, regardless of when there is protest from both the creative teams and executive leadership at Pixar.
Even if creating LGBTQIA+ content was the answer to fixing the discriminatory legislation in the world, we are being barred from creating it. Beyond the ‘inspiring content’ that we aren’t even allowed to create, we require action.”
The whole open letter is shown in a thread on Twitter.
BREAKING: Today's statement by @Disney CEO Bob Chapek against the "Don't Say Gay" bill has failed to satisfy many Disney employees
Follow along if interested pic.twitter.com/GJnne22mdy
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 10, 2022
Turning Red, the latest Pixar release, hits the market via Disney+ tomorrow.