The ongoing feud between Disney and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has taken an amusing turn. In a recent move, Walt Disney World amended its lawsuit to include direct quotes from the Governor himself. The updated complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief now begins with a pull quote from a recent DeSantis interview: “This all started, of course, with our parents’ rights bill.”
To fully grasp the significance of this inclusion and why it carries a hint of mockery, let’s provide some context. Last year, the State of Florida introduced a bill that aimed to prohibit public school teachers from discussing sexual orientation with students from Kindergarten through third grade. Governor DeSantis and other Republican lawmakers dubbed it a “parents’ rights bill,” while its critics mockingly referred to it as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill.”
By prominently featuring this quote in their amended lawsuit, Disney is cleverly highlighting the contentious nature of the Governor’s actions and framing them within the legal proceedings. The battle between Disney and Governor DeSantis continues to intensify, with this latest move injecting a touch of playfulness into the proceedings.