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Marvel warmed the hearts of comic book fans after publicly denouncing “ALL” post-parent company anti-LGBTQ laws Disney’s botched answer on Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. The film studio gave its support vote in a Twitter statement Wednesday.
“We strongly condemn all laws that violate the basic human rights of the LGBTQIA+ community,” they wrote. “Marvel Studios stands for hope, inclusivity and strength; and we proudly stand by the side of the community.”
Marvel continued, “Today we commit to continuing our strong commitment as allies promoting the values of equality, acceptance and respect.”
Her statement came after the Florida Senate passed the Don’t Say Gay law that would ban teachers from discussing LGBTQ issues like sexual orientation or gender identity with students until after third grade. Ron DeSantis says he plans to sign the bill into law.
Last week, Disney CEO Bob Chapek came under fire after a memo was leaked explaining a decision by the Mouse House to remain silent on the controversial legislation.
While Disney leadership stated that they “unmistakably support our LGBTQ+ employees,” they wrote that “company statements do very little to change outcomes or opinions.”
“Instead, they are often armed by one side or the other to further divide and inflame them,” they added. “Put simply, they can be counterproductive and undermine more effective ways of achieving change.”
The company also noted that it made donations to state institutions that supported the law.
After an internal backlash from employees Chapek apologized Monday for not writing a statement: “You needed me as a stronger ally in the fight for equality and I failed you. I’m sorry.”
“Our employees see the power of this great company as an opportunity to do good,” said the Disney boss, who has since pledged to pause political donations in the state of Florida. “I missed the mark in this case, but I’m an ally you can count on – and I will be an outspoken advocate for the protection, visibility and opportunities you deserve.”
However, this mea culpa proved too little too late for Disney employees, who staged a strike to protest Chapek’s perceived inaction.
“By supporting the politicians who introduced this law and not publicly opposing it, Chapek and [The Walt Disney Company] Executives have made it clear that they are more than willing to sacrifice the health and well-being of their employees for the bottom line. We will not accept this any longer,” the organizers of the demonstration wrote in a statement.
Meanwhile, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said the post last week that companies need to speak up.
“Companies doing business in Florida, Texas and the dozens of other states that are considering anti-LGBTQ laws not only have a responsibility to advocate for their LGBTQ customers and employees, they also have a real opportunity to do so public about these unpopular and harmful bills and prevent them from becoming law,” said Ellis.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/16/marvel-denounces-all-anti-lgbtq-laws-following-dont-say-gay/ Marvel condemns ‘all’ anti-LGBTQ laws after ‘Don’t Say Gay’