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Abigail Disney blasts supporters of Florida's 'Don't Say Gay Bill' in a bizarre 13-tweet rant

In a rant spread over 13 tweets, the Disney heiress called Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill, recently codified into law, 'culture war nonsense'
UPDATED JUL 18, 2023
Abigail Disney also said companies were victims of fringe right-wing activism that had been fueled by 'deep pockets' and 'powerful lobbying' (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
Abigail Disney also said companies were victims of fringe right-wing activism that had been fueled by 'deep pockets' and 'powerful lobbying' (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

Disney heiress Abigail Disney blasted supporters of laws like Florida's so-called 'Don't Say Gay Bill', aka 'House Bill 1557', and those who disagree with Disney's attempts to fight against the legislation in a bizarre 13-tweet rant on Friday, April 1. Disney called Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill, which prohibits classroom discussion or instruction on sexual orientation and identity in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate "culture war nonsense."

The liberal activist said that the "right wing has run amok" in what began as a response to a tweet from conservative activist and anti-critical race theory crusader Christopher Rufo who vowed on Twitter to wage "moral war" against Disney and to turn "half their customers against them." Rufo's tweet came after he obtained footage that revealed producers and executives at Disney discussing plans to introduce LGBTQ+ characters into their animation projects, many of which are aimed at children. 


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In response to Rufo's tweet, Disney wrote, "Like all radical ideologues, the right wing has finally run amok and is coming to devour the hand that feeds it. Business. For my part I am delighted. It is the business world that has been, either by act or omission, feeding the opportunist right wing to distract us with culture war nonsense while they rifle through the till and empty everyone's pockets."

Disney claimed, "This 'anti-woke' right wing nonsense is unsupported by a large majority of Americans. In fact most Americans are offended by it and wish it would just go away." She also alleged that companies were victims of fringe right-wing activism that had been fueled by "deep pockets" and powerful lobbying. The heiress suggested that companies like Disney must not take a "neutral" position on politics any longer in the face of a growing vocal right-wing counter-cultural movement.

Disney explained, "You need two things to rule with a minority. First, you need to be constantly looking for fresh meat to throw to the minions, to keep them riled up all the time. That works until the herd thins (remember Scar in Lion King?). So now they've come for American Businesses." 

"Right now, when it matters most of all, they will stand for those values with every fiber of their being. Yeah guys like Rufo can try, but Disney is so much bigger, means so much more to the American people than that little punk can ever hope to mean," she added. She also suggested that such "minority rule" required the base to be constantly riled up ready to be outraged, required lots of money, and to generate a new outrage.

Disney claimed that the right was turning on businesses that up until now had been supporting their cause. She said, "Until now, business has been content to do just that or they compartmentalized like sociopaths when they funded folks like Dennis Baxley who wrote the hateful Don't Say Gay bill because as the CEO claimed, he had no way of knowing he might vote for legislation like that. Or else they have chosen silence."

Disney continued, "Their silence brought us Donald Trump" before adding, "Apparently the racism and the xenophobia and the misogyny weren't deal breakers. Their silence, or at least willingness to compartmentalize when it came to politicians who were willing to fight for their outrageous and multi-decade campaign to stack the deck against the American People brought us this whole raft of Trump wanna-be's now casting about for new and more insidious ways to tear the country apart."














Abigail Disney is the granddaughter of Roy O Disney, who co-founded the Disney Company with his brother Walt. She is a documentary filmmaker who has no connection to the family business. Disney is also the face of a group called 'Patriotic Millionaires' which consists of a number of ultra-wealthy members who advocate for higher taxes on the rich.