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‘Silent majority’ of Disney workers are speaking up against company’s stance on Florida law, cast member says

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Jose Castillo, a current Walt Disney Company employee who is running for Congress in Florida as a Republican, told Fox News Digital that a rising cohort of his fellow Disney “cast members” are speaking out against the company’s decision to vocally oppose the Florida parental rights law. 

“There is certainly pressure mounting within Disney,” Castillo told Fox News Digital, adding that “at some point I believe Disney executives will have to respond.”

Castillo previously told Fox News Digital that a “silent majority” of Disney employees support the parental rights law H.B. 1557, even though the company has taken a public stance against it after LGBTQ employees protested. Despite critics branding it a “Don’t Say Gay” law, it does not ban the word “gay” in school settings. Rather, it prohibits classroom instruction – not casual discussion – on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” with children in third grade or younger, “or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”


Castillo spoke with Fox News after another Disney “cast member” – the company’s preferred term for employees – leaked screenshots of internal message boards showing that many cast members actually support the Florida law, including some who identified themselves as gay. 

“I’m gay and I think any form of sexual education shouldn’t be taught until you’re older and able to understand it,” one employee wrote, according to the screenshots, which Human Events’ Jack Posobiec shared on Twitter. The cast member added, “leave the bill alone because it isn’t infringing on ANY member of the LGBT community, nor is it to the heterosexual one.”

“Let children be children,” another cast member reportedly wrote.

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