Disney Fights Florida Law but Refuses to Comment on Locked-Down Shanghai Workers
Company’s refusal to comment is contrast to its vocal political activism in Florida
The Walt Disney Co. has remained silent on the thousands of its Shanghai Disney Resort workers currently trapped in lockdown as part of the CCP’s draconian “zero-COVID” policy.
The company’s refusal to comment is a blaring contrast to its vocal political activism in Florida, where they sought to repeal the state’s anti-grooming Parental Rights in Education law.
Disney has refused to comment on the well-being of the company’s Shanghai park “cast members.”
As Brietbart noted:
It is estimated Disney employs more than 10,000 people at the park, which was forced to close indefinitely to the public on March 21.
Shanghai has imposed blanket lockdown measures to combat the latest coronavirus surge, compelling residents to scrounge for food and essential human necessities.
As Neon Nettle reported:
Distressing videos emerging from Shanghai show desperate residents, locked down by their government due to COVID measures, screaming from their windows because of limited food supplies.
Many of the videos that surfaced on China’s most popular micro-blogging platform, Weibo, showed residents screaming from their apartments, although the clips cannot be independently verified.
Although the videos are quickly removed by the Chinese Communist Party-controlled Internet, translators outside of the country have saved and circulated them.
The closure of Shanghai Disney represents a huge loss for Disney, which invested an estimated $5.5 billion to launch the park in 2016.
Then-CEO Bob Iger led a charm offensive intended to cement the company’s warm relationship with Communist Party leaders in Beijing.
Statement from The Walt Disney Company on signing of Florida legislation: pic.twitter.com/UVI7Ko3aKS— Walt Disney Company (@WaltDisneyCo) March 28, 2022
With so much invested in China, Disney has been unwilling to criticize the CCP’s human rights abuses, and has even imposed censorship on its American journalists, forbidding them to publicly discuss subjects like the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong that might jeopardize the company’s Chinese dealings.
But Disney has no such reservations when it comes to taking left-wing political positions at home, especially in Florida, where the company has enjoyed unparalleled legal privileges granted by the state.
Disney recently vowed to continue fighting the Florida Parental Rights law after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed it into law last month.
Disney’s political activism could threaten its legal privileges. GOP lawmakers in Florida are considering reviewing the company’s long-standing right of self-rule that gives it wide freedoms to oversee itself.
Lawmakers in Congress have also suggested reviewing Disney’s copyright protections on valuable intellectual properties, including Mickey Mouse.