Murdock: It’s a Mad World after All– Disney Stepped in Mouse Trap, Got Just Deserts

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Florida lawmakers voted to end the Walt Disney Company’s special, self-government privileges, which it never should have received. Since 1967, Disney has operated its own mini-state, surrounded by Florida — much as the Vatican is encircled by Rome.

The Reedy Creek Improvement District exempts Disney from certain taxes and regulations that burden other companies. This arrangement also empowers the Magic Kingdom to establish its own levies, ordinances, and emergency services in and around Disney World and its other theme parks.

Let’s hope that Disney enjoyed this cushy 55-year ride. Too bad its rotten corporate citizenship cost it these precious goodies.

Disney lied about Florida’s recently enacted Parental Rights in Education Law. Disney called HB 1557 “the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill,” even though the measure does not say “gay.”

“The word ‘gay’ is not in the legislation,” Governor Ron DeSantis (R – Florida) told Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson. “It’s a lie, but it’s a lie because they have to lie, because if they admitted what they were really for — sexualizing Kindergarteners and first graders — they know that would not fly with the public.”

Disney said it wants “this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts.” So, Disney believes that it’s an unacceptable burden to ask teachers to instruct their students on (as the law states) “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” no sooner than fourth grade.

Disney and its allies evidently cannot wait that long. Instead, they are desperate to discuss sexuality with Kindergartners through third graders — ages 5 through 8.

Disney’s hypocrisy is more towering than Space Mountain. While it fights this new law as an alleged cornerstone of homophobia, Disney is delighted to conduct business in lethally homophobic countries.

Disney Cruise Lines’ ships sail into Dominica and Antigua, where glamorous onshore activities await. These Caribbean islands punish gay sex with maximum 10- and 15-year prison terms, respectively.

Disney Vacation Club offers a Private Adventure to Egypt. “You’ll be awed by the storied history of the people, places, and cultures of this ancient country,” Disney promises.

How fun!

Just remember that gay sex could cost you three years behind bars.

The Egyptian Bedayaa Organization’s Legal Aid Project reported 25 anti-gay arrests in 2020 and 92 in 2019. In September 2017, authorities nabbed 66 people for waving a rainbow flag.

The Disney+ streaming service is expanding into Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Yemen. These places are not known for their Pride parades. In fact, they criminalize homosexuality.

“Don’t say gay?” Try “Don’t be gay.”

Disney’s most brutal new markets are Saudi Arabia — where homosexuality can trigger chemical castration and capital punishment — and Yemen, where same-sex intimacy can trigger execution.

As this controversy exploded, Team Disney sorely needed adult supervision. Rather than repeat lies, it should have presented facts to its ignorant, enraged employees.

CEO Bob Chapek should have stood up to the Wokistani children on his staff and said: “We are a for-profit company, not a super PAC. Many of our customers — who pay your salaries — are parents who bring their kids to our movies and amusement parks, not expecting us to discuss sex with their children. We avoid political controversies, not least the promotion of sexually charged classroom lessons for boys and girls aged 5 through 8.

“If you can handle this, carry on. If this is more than you can manage, the front door is right there. You are welcome to quit, go home, and scream whatever slogans you wish. Otherwise, follow me and return to work. End of statement.”

But, rather than lead, Chapek waved a white banner and then whimpered beneath his desk.

The moral of this Disney epic?

The Maoist mobs’ assault on America’s executive suites will continue until CEOs resist the overpaid adolescents on their staffs, practice in loco parentis, and speed their white flags to the nearest landfill.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.


Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.


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Patricia Burke
Patricia Burke
1 month ago

Amen, brother. What a remarkable and right-on statement. Mr. Murdock, I call upon you to run for public office. We need more people like you to represent those of us who don’t have the platform to be heard. You are intelligent, gifted and hopefully ready to serve. God bless you, my man.

Grace
Grace
1 month ago

The Qu’ran and all Muslim preaching in all Muslim countries, laws decree all men or women who deviate sexually from Muslim law be either stoned to death or thrown from high buildings. When are Americans going to realize that the Muslim culture will never be compatible with our culture. Their theory, as they explained it to the Jews after the Balfour Commitment was signed. “We will outbreed you and then we will out vote you,” . Since the Muslim birth rate is five time that of caucasians, and we are still losing numbers, how long will that take?

David Pruett
David Pruett
1 month ago

GREAT article !! It should not have been necessary, but….

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

Whoever wrote this needs to go back to school. It is ‘just desserts’. The deserts is the one with sand.

Madeline Ashley
Madeline Ashley
1 month ago

Murdock needs to use a spell checker–deserts are dry, sandy areas in Arizona, California, etc

He meant “desserts”–and I agree with him about Disney.

Donna Calandra
1 month ago

There is NO age where our children should be subjected to this ‘woke’ agenda. As an adult they can make their own decision, but indoctrination should NEVER occur on any child no matter what age

Judith A. Lisiecki
Judith A. Lisiecki
1 month ago

Excellent and right on as usual! Disney did it to themselves, period! Being a stockholder (be it ever so small), I will vote NO on all board members! This woke crap has gone way, way too far. We need to keep putting pressure on corporations like Disney to just entertain and stop being so political.

Don
Don
29 days ago

Walt’s rolling over in his grave.

PATTY
29 days ago

IF DISNEY IS EXPANDING TRIPS TO OTHER COUNTRIES…..GREAT…….JUST DO NOT EXPECT THE USA TO INTERVENE IF ANY OF YOUR EMPLOYEES OR VACATIONEERS GET ARRESTED AND HAVE TO FACE BIG PENALTIES!!!!!!!!! YOU TAKE THE RISK FOR YOURSELF AND EMPLOYEES?????????? OTHER COUNTRIES “DO NOT PUT UP WITH THIS STUFF”!!!!!!!!! IF YOU GO SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR FAMILIES BEFORE YOU GO!!!!!!!!!! IF YOU ARE CAUGHT………….?????? JUST SAYING!!!!!!!

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