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José Castillo, a current Walt Disney Company employee who is running for Congress from Florida as a Republican, told Fox News Digital that Disney’s new political activism could come back to bite the company…in its wallet.

Florida lawmakers have floated the idea of ​​repealing the Reedy Creek Improvement Act of 1967, which gives Disney the autonomy to effectively run its own government in the area around Disney World, in response to the recent corporate advocacy against the Parental Rights Act. HB 1557, which critics have called a “Don’t Say Gay” law. Repealing the law would subject Disney World to the Orange County government.

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Castillo warned that if Disney’s advocacy against the law incentivizes the repeal, it will hurt the company’s bottom line, especially if the company continues to champion the left.

Mickey Mouse waves to fans during a parade at the Walt Disney World Resort on March 3, 2022 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images for Disney Dreamers Academy)

“I think if Disney continues this drift to the left, and the legislature votes to give Disney the left-wing policies they’ve been asking for, then they’ll be subject to the tyrannical rule of the mayor of Orange County, which ‘they’ll be sorry soon,’ Castillo told Fox News Digital. “If Disney falls under Orange County regulations and taxes, I suspect they’ll think twice before demanding more.”

Castillo declined to say whether he supported the Reedy Creek Improvement Act, but said that as a “free market capitalist” he opposes “the government giving special benefits to certain companies and certain individuals. It is not the government’s job to pick winners and losers.”

“It’s also likely in part because of those privileges and Disney’s considerable influence in Florida that pushes them to weigh in on issues like the Parental Rights in Education Bill,” he said. -he adds.

“It bothers me when I read public statements saying things like ‘we’ feel the bill shouldn’t have passed,” the employee added. “I’ve been with Disney for 13 years and I’m proud of my role at the company. When the company uses words like ‘we,’ it should mean all cast members, and at this time, it doesn’t. is not the case.”

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Castillo previously told Fox News Digital that a “silent majority” of Disney employees support the law, with even the company taking a public stand against it after LGBTQ employees protested.

Although critics called it a “Don’t Say Gay” bill, HB 1557 does not ban the word “gay” in schools. It also does not prohibit informal discussions of topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom. It does not require schools to notify parents if their child identifies as gay or transgender.

Walt Disney employees and protesters at a rally against Florida

Walt Disney employees and protesters during a rally against Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill at Griffith Park in Glendale, California, U.S., Tuesday, March 22, 2022.
(Alisha Jucevic/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“Conservative Disney cast members are afraid to speak out because of the company’s very public stance opposing the Parental Rights in Education Bill,” he said. . “I think it’s a serious miscalculation on Disney’s part because the vocal minority doesn’t speak for the majority of cast members or the majority of parents in Florida who don’t want their young children are taught about sexuality by public school teachers.”

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Castillo told Fox News Digital that he believes in the mission of The Walt Disney Company, “but I believe the company’s current trajectory – committing to repeal this law – misses the essence and principles on which Disney was founded”.