Disney executives in leaked video boost ‘queerness’, ‘gay agenda’, elimination of terms ‘boys and girls’

The Walt Disney Co. fights Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” even as the company embraces what could be described as a “Don’t Say Boys and Girls” policy.

Leaked video clips Posted by Christopher Rufo, senior fellow of Manhattan Institute, Disney executives promoting gender-neutral language in theme parks and a “gay agenda” in entertainment content showcase what Mr. Rufo described as an “all hands together on Florida parental rights law.” “.

Vivian Ware, diversity and inclusion manager at Disney, said the company started last year in the Magic Kingdom by eliminating “gender greetings,” such as “ladies and gentlemen” and “boys and girls,” replacing them with phrases like “hello.” , friends’.

“Last summer we removed all gender-related greetings associated with our live spiels,” said Ms Ware. “So we no longer say ‘ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls’. We’ve trained all of our cast members on that, so now they know it’s ‘hello everyone’ or ‘hello friends’.”

Disney isn’t done yet. “We’re in the process of changing those recorded messages,” she said.

“Many of you are probably familiar when we brought the fireworks back to the Magic Kingdom, we no longer say ‘ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls’, we say ‘dreamers of all ages,’” said Ms Ware. “So I love the fact that it opened up the creativity, the opportunity for our cast members to look at that.”

Why replace the greetings? “We don’t just want to assume that someone, in our interpretation, might present themselves as a woman, that they might not want to be called a princess,” she said.

“So let’s think differently about how we really interact with our guests in a meaningful and inclusive way that makes it magical and memorable for everyone,” said Ms. Ware.

A Disney spokesperson confirmed in July that “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” had been removed from the fireworks show’s announcement to promote diversity, according to Newsweek.

The Washington Times has not verified the authenticity of the video and has asked Disney for comment. Disney has not publicly disputed the authenticity of the clips released Tuesday night.

Disney released a statement Monday after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 1557, the Parental Rights in Education Act, saying it’s “the goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or by the courts.” will be destroyed”.

“Florida’s HB 1557, otherwise known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Act, should never have been passed and should never have been signed into law,” Disney said.

The newly signed legislation — derisively dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” by critics — prohibits schools from teaching gender identity and sexual orientation classes to children from kindergarten through third grade.

Proponents of the ban argue the law is a common-sense affirmation of parents’ rights to expect a classroom environment that is age-appropriate for children.

The virtual Disney meeting included Karey Burke, president of Disney General Entertainment Content, who said she was shocked when an employee pointed out in a March 20 open forum that “we only have a handful of queer leads in our content.”

“We have a lot of LGBTQIA characters in our stories, and yet we don’t have enough leads and stories where gay characters just become characters and don’t have to be about gay stories,” said Ms. Burke. “And that was quite an eye opener for me, and I can tell you it’s something that I think if this moment hadn’t happened, I as a leader and I and my colleagues wouldn’t have focused on it, and in the future I would certainly be more.”

Disney television executive producer Latoya Raveneau said she was surprised at how “super hospitable” the company was to “my not secret gay agenda at all.”

“Our leadership there had been so hospitable to my not at all secret gay agenda,” said Ms. Raveneau. “I had a feeling that maybe it was” [not] that way in the past, and I think something must have happened, like they’re turning it around, they’re going fast.”

She said she has aggressively added “queerness” to her shows.

“I felt that feeling of, I don’t have to be afraid to like, let’s kiss these two characters in the background. I was just going where I could, I was really just adding queerness,” Ms. Raveneau said. to stop me.”

Disney production coordinator Allen Merch said he was focused on adding more “gender non-conforming characters” to his work on the Disney Channel’s “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” show, saying the team was “really open for exploring queer stories.”

“I put together a tracker of our background characters to make sure we have the full breadth of expression,” he said. “And we got into a very similar conversation, Karey, of, ‘Oh, all of our gender nonconforming characters are in the background, so it’s not just a numbers game of how many LGBTQ+ characters you have.”

He said that “the more a story is centered on a character, the more nuanced you get into their story.”

“Especially with trans characters, you can’t tell if someone is trans, there’s not one way to watch trans, and the only way to have these canonical trans characters, canonical asexual characters, canonical bisexual characters, is to tell them stories.” where they can be themselves,” Mr. Merch said.

Disney is headquartered in Burbank, California, while the Walt Disney World Resort is located near Orlando, Florida.

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