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Disney's LGBTQ-Friendly Content Prompts New Challenge from GOP Senators
Don't Say Gay" law in Florida, a group of Republican Senators this week requested updates to the nation's TV rating systems in an effort to help parents become aware of and prevent exposing their children to gender-identity related content they find objectionable.On Thursday, a letter was sent to Charles Rivkin, CEO of the Motion Picture Association and Board Chairman of the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board, noting the immediate need to amend the Board's current guidelines based on what they described as the "promotion of gender dysphoria." The phrase "gender dysphoria" is a concept designated in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health) considered to be "clinically significant distress or impairment related to a strong desire to be of another gender.""...To the detriment of children, gender dysphoria has become sensationalized in the popular media and television with radical activists and entertainment companies," read the letter backed by Republican Senators Roger Marshall of Kansas, Mike Lee of Utah, Mike Braun of Indiana, Steve Daines of Montana and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota. "This radical and sexual sensation not only harms children, but also destabilizes and damages parental rights."For its part, the TV Parental Guidelines is a voluntary system of guidelines used by American families to determine whether or not a particular program is age-appropriate for children.
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Florida Republicans Threaten Disney With Legal Retribution For Condemning 'Don't Say Gay' Law
The Hollywood Reporter.Florida lawmakers, led by Governor Ron DeSantis, are now threatening to roll back the Reedy Creek Improvement Act of 1967 which gives the company authority to govern itself, including the ability to impose taxes, provide emergency services, and adopt ordinances on the land it owns for its operations in the state.And that’s not all. According to Popular Information, politicians in Washington D.C., including Indiana Congressman Jim Banks along with 16 other GOP members, are saying they won’t support the extension of the copyright for Mickey Mouse, efforts that some are calling political blackmail.This is all despite Disney pledging $300,000 to politicians who backed “Don’t Say Gay” and that it only publically condemned the law after it passed and under massive pressure from its LGBTQ+ employees, including public call-outs on social media and walkouts.Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s initial response to the then-bill was that the company would essentially be staying out of the fight — continue to donate to politicians who supported the bill while also “creating a more inclusive world is through the inspiring content we produce, the welcoming culture we create here, and the diverse community organizations we support, including those representing the LGBTQ+ community.” Following the backlash from within the company for this stance, Chapek issued a company-wide memo stating, “Speaking to you, reading your messages, and meeting with you have helped me better understand how painful our silence was.
Indiana is a U.S. state in the Midwestern and Great Lakes regions of North America. It is the 38th-largest by area and the 17th-most populous of the 50 United States. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis. Indiana was admitted to the United States as the 19th state on December 11, 1816. It borders Lake Michigan to the northwest, Michigan to the north, Ohio to the east, Kentucky to the south and southeast, and Illinois to the west.
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