During an interview with Tucker Carlson Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reacted to Disney’s returning CEO Bob Iger’s statement about being “sorry” for combating Florida over their pro-parent laws.
Tucker questioned DeSantis about Disney opposing the Florida Parental Rights in Education Act. This act prevented teachers and institutions from discussing sexual ideas with children as young as five.
Tucker then went on to play a video where Iger said, “I was sorry to see us dragged into that battle. And I have no idea exactly what its ramifications are in terms of the business itself.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis reacts to recent comments from Disney CEO Bob Iger: “They brought this on themselves.” pic.twitter.com/t6CC6ieEM3
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Iger went on to say, “What I can say is, the state of Florida has been important to us for a long time, and we have been very important to the state of Florida. That is something I’m extremely mindful of and will articulate if I get the chance.”
DeSantis responded, “We didn’t drag them in, Tucker. They went in on their own, and not only opposed the bill. They threatened to get it repealed.”
DeSantis continued, “These are parents’ rights, important policies in our state that are very popular. And so they brought this on themselves. All we did was stand up for what’s right. And, yes, they’re a big, powerful company. But you know what? We stand up for our folks. And I don’t care what a Burbank-based California company says about our laws.”
Iger, during a company townhall expressed his intention to “quiet things down” and stay out of ongoing controversies.
Iger expressed regret that Disney engaged in the high-profile fight against Gov. DeSantis, which resulted in the state legislature stripping the company of its special administrative status. "I was sorry to see us dragged into that battle." pic.twitter.com/889toYW5ye
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He said, “Do I like the company being embroiled in controversy? Of course not. It can be distracting, and it can have a negative impact on the company. And to the extent that I can work to kind of quiet things down, I’m going to do that.”