Ted Cruz Warns Disney Programming Will Soon Depict Mickey and Pluto F--king
One of the most disturbing aspect of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, which prohibits“classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity” in primary schools (and according to critics, could be applied to later grades), is the idea that merely acknowledging the existence of LGBTQ+ individuals is somehow inappropriate for children. Obviously, second-grade teachers are not talking to eight-year-olds about sexual intercourse, but you wouldn’t know by listening to conservatives, who apparently believe that anyone who opposes this law is basically advocating for showing kids graphic sexual imagery.
Take, for example Senator Ted Cruz, who recently suggested that because Disney decided to speak out against the bigoted Florida legislation—after receiving backlash from its employees for initially refusing to do so—it’s obviously going to introduce NC-17 story lines to its children’s programming.
In an extremely weird set of remarks, even for him, the Texas lawmaker opined at a live recording of his podcast, Verdict With Ted Cruz: “I think there are people who are misguided, trying to drive, you know, Disney stepping in, saying, you know, in every episode now they’re gonna have, you know, Mickey and Pluto going at it. Like, really? It’s just like, come on guys, these are kids, and you know, you could always shift to Cinemax if you want that. Like, why do you have—it used to be, look, I’m a dad. You used to be able to put your kids on the Disney Channel and be like, alright, something innocuous will happen.”
Setting aside the fact that Cruz—who once blamed a congressional staffer for his Twitter account “liking” a short pornographic video—decided to let people know he turns to Cinemax when he’s looking to have a romantic night in with Little Ted, this kind of absurd fearmongering is straight out of the GOP playbook. Clearly, Disney is not going to depict “Mickey and Pluto going at it,” but it’s this kind of bullshit that results in right-wing conspiracy theorists protesting Disney for supposedly corrupting children. It’s also the kind of thing that opens the door to blatant homophobia, and the idea, pushed lately by Republicans, that talking about the mere existence of LGBTQ+ individuals is synonymous with “grooming” and being “pro-pedophile.” (On the podcast, Cruz initially argued that conservatives shouldn’t use the “groomer” attack “lightly,” and it should be reserved for actual pedophiles, before seemingly getting distracted by the desire to misleadingly attack Disney.) Naturally, Cruz doesn't appear to have had a problem with the many hypersexualized (but straight) Disney characters of years past. (You’ll have to leave that to Mike Pence, who famously took issue with Mulan normalizing women in the military because it could lead to…sex in the barracks???)
In other “Don’t Say Gay” news, Florida governor Ron DeSantis—last seen using children as propswhile signing an antiabortion bill—has stepped up his war on Disney for having the audacity to speak out against the harmful legislation. Per Politico:
DeSantis announced on Tuesday that the GOP-controlled Legislature during this week’s special session will take up a bill that would dismantle the special district that has allowed Disney to operate its own local government in central Florida that is the home to Walt Disney World. Legislators are already scheduled to hold a three-and-a-half day special session where they will pass a new congressional map proposed by the governor that will help the GOP pick up seats in the upcoming election.
Last year, DeSantis signed a bill he said would “protect…the free speech of Floridians,” though apparently he only actually believes in free speech for people who agree with him.
“Welcome to Florida’s petty & punitive state government,” Florida representative Anna Eskamanitweeted Tuesday. “If you question the Governor and stand up for LGBTQ+ people you get canceled and called a pedophile.”
Disney isn‘t the only company DeSantis is going after
Twitter is apparently also in trouble with the Florida governor for not letting Elon Musk take control of the company. Per the Independent:
>Ron DeSantis has threatened to punish Twitter for blocking Elon Musk’s $43bn takeover of the social media platform. The Twitter board activated a “poison pill” strategy to defend itself against the Tesla entrepreneur’s stunning attempt to buy the company, which he announced last week.
>“We’re gonna be looking at ways the state of Florida potentially can be holding these Twitter board of directors accountable for breaching their fiduciary duty,” the Republican politician said.
DeSantis went on to note that the Florida state pension system holds shares of Twitter, that the company’s returns have been “stagnant for many, many years,” and that people should “stay tuned” on what action he might be taking against the board.
If you’re wondering if DeSantis has gone after the boards of any other companies that happened to be part of the Florida pension system’s portfolio the answer appears to be no, of course he hasn’t, because that’s not a thing that governors do. Unless the governor in question has his eyes on the White House and has read that the right loves the idea of Twitter’s biggest troll taking over the company.
Surprise: the judge who struck down the public transportation mask mandate was deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association
That sounds about right. Per NPR:
Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle…sits on the District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She was nominated by former President Donald Trump in September 2020 at age 33 and confirmed by a 49-to-41 Senate vote later that year…. While Mizelle has not been in her position for long, she's found herself at the center of controversy before: During her Senate confirmation process, the American Bar Association (ABA) said she was not qualified for the position because she had not been practicing law for long enough.
In a letter to the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the head of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary said that a majority of his group had deemed that Mizelle did “not meet the requisite minimum standard of experience necessary to perform the responsibilities required by the high office of a federal trial judge.”
And now she’s the person we all have to thank for airplanes and other forms of public transportation becoming COVID-19 petri dishes. Thanks, Kathryn!
Strangely, the governor did not offer any examples of the math (!) textbooks that supposedly include CRT
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