A Disney govt producer admitted she has been pushing a “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” for kids’s animation, at the same time as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” legislation this week.
During a Disney workers assembly concerning the legislation — which bars Florida academics from discussing subjects like sexual orientation or gender identification with college students until they’re within the fourth grade or increased — govt producer for Disney Television Animation Latoya Raveneau touted Disney’s efforts to function LGBTQ storylines.
“In my little pocket of Proud Family Disney TVA, the showrunners were super welcoming . . . to my not-at-all-secret gay agenda,” Raveneau stated in a leaked video obtained by journalist Christopher Rufo. “Maybe it was that way in the past, but I guess something must have happened . . . and then like all that momentum that I felt, that sense of ‘I don’t have to be afraid to have these two characters kiss in the background.’”
“I was just, wherever I could, adding queerness,” Raveneau added. “No one would stop me, and no one was trying to stop me.”
The leak of Raveneau’s feedback got here as Karey Burke, president of Disney’s General Entertainment Content, vowed to drastically enhance inclusivity in its productions, promising that at the least 50 p.c of its characters shall be LGBTQ or racial minorities by the top of the yr.
Burke made the pledge in a company-wide Zoom name Monday that was later posted to Twitter.
The Disney execs made their feedback after Florida Gov. DeSantis on Monday signed the Parental Rights in Education invoice, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” invoice by critics.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek slammed the laws after weeks of staying silent, and tried to foyer DeSantis to kill it. A gaggle of California Disney workers staged a walkout final week to protest the measure, sporting rainbow colours, holding indicators with pro-LGBTQ slogans, and shouting, “Say Gay,” as they marched down the road.
DeSantis ripped Disney for its stance, saying it “crossed the line” as an enormous company throwing its weight round in state politics. DeSantis likewise blasted Disney’s hypocrisy in pushing home social-justice causes whereas pursuing enterprise in China — a regime infamous for human-rights abuses relating to the Uyghur Muslims, Hong Kong and Tibet, amongst others.
DeSantis instructed supporters in Boca Raton earlier this month that Florida’s insurance policies have to be primarily based on the “best interest of Florida citizens, not on the musings of woke corporations.”
Raveneau stated that when she joined the Mouse House, she assumed the corporate would attempt to maintain LGBTQ components out of content material for youthful audiences.
“I love Disney’s content. I grew up watching all of the classics. They have been a huge informative part of my life, but at the same time, I worked at small studios most of my career, and I’d heard whispers. I’d heard things like, ‘They won’t let you show this in a Disney show.’ So I was a little sus[picious] when I started, but then my experience was bafflingly the opposite of what I had heard,” she stated.
Raveneau is govt producer on the upcoming Disney Junior musical collection, “Rise Up, Sing Out,” that includes the music of The Roots, which “tackles the subject of coming together to fight racism and celebrate black culture!,” in accordance to her LinkedIn profile.
She can also be director on the upcoming animated collection, “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder,” a coming of age animated collection, that includes LGBTQ and racially various characters.