Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has revealed that former Disney CEO Bob Chapek admitted to him that he was meddling in the state’s politics because he caved to pressure from the “woke” mob.
DeSantis has a new book out where he details the behind-the-scenes discussion he had with Chapek over an education bill the governor passed in Florida.
Under Chapek’s leadership, Disney publicly objected to the bill and promoted false claims about the pro-parent legislation.
Chapek has since been fired and replaced by Disney’s former CEO Bob Iger.
In his new memoir, “The Courage to be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for American Revival,” DeSantis says that Chapek admitted he was under pressure to get involved in the fight against the bill against his better judgment.
“As the controversy over the Parental Rights in Education bill was coming to a head, Chapek called me,” DeSantis writes.
“He did not want Disney to get involved, but he was getting a lot of pressure to weigh in against the bill.”
DeSantis advised the CEO the woke mob would move on to some other fake outrage within a few days so just ignore them.
He writes: “When I sign it, you will get another 48 hours of outrage, mostly online.
“Then there will be some new outrage that the woke mob will focus on and people will forget about this issue, especially considering the outrage is directed at a political-media narrative, not the actual text of the legislation itself.”
DeSantis also warned the CEO: “People like me will say, ‘Gee, how come Disney has never said anything about China, where they make a fortune?'”
“Behind the scenes, I was not, as a father of children ages five, four, and two, comfortable with the continuation of Disney’s special arrangement,” DeSantis writes.
“While the Walt Disney Company and its executives had a right to indulge in woke activism, Florida did not have to place the company on a pedestal while they do so—especially when the company’s activism impacted the rights of parents and the well-being of children.
“Even though Democrats often rail about the nefarious power exerted over politics by large corporations, and supposedly oppose special carveouts for big companies, they all dutifully lined up in support of keeping Disney’s special self-governing status.”
DeSantis added that Disney “ultimately caved to leftist media and activist pressure and pressed the false narrative against the bill.”
“I called Gov. DeSantis this morning to express our disappointment and concern that if the legislation becomes law, it could be used to unfairly target gay, lesbian, non-binary, and transgender kids and families,” Chapek said at the time, starting a battle Disney ultimately lost.