Editor’s Note: Whether on display screen or off, Hollywood can all the time be counted on to maintain us entertained. This is particularly true on the subject of politics. Join us every week as we shine the highlight on Tinseltown’s A-listers and their wacky and typically inspiring takes on in the present day’s present occasions.
Disney’s LGBTQ Walkout
Disney’s LGBTQ group, not completely happy about Florida’s proposed “Don’t Say Gay” invoice, has organized a protest. They are so upset, actually, that they’ve scheduled two weeks’ value of 15-minute walkouts from the job and, on March 22, a full day’s strike.
The drawback isn’t that Disney officers agreed with the “Don’t Say Gay” laws, it’s that the corporate didn’t come out with scathing phrases and actions denouncing such a factor. In an open letter, the group claimed the Walt Disney Company didn’t present sufficient apathy to the “bigoted” invoice. “The recent statements and lack of action by TWDC leadership regarding the ‘Don’t Say Gay or Trans’ bill have utterly failed to match the magnitude of the threat to LGBTQIA+ safety represented by this legislation,” the assertion learn. It continued:
“As a community, we have been forced into an impossible and unsustainable position. We must now take action to convince TWDC to protect employees and their families in the face of such open and unapologetic bigotry.”
Just a bit recap right here: The invoice would require the implementation of “procedures to reinforce fundamental right of parents to make decisions regarding upbringing and control of their children.” It additionally permits dad and mom to take authorized actions towards college boards in the event that they really feel their “fundamental right” has been infringed and bans lecturers from discussing LGBTQ+ subjects that aren’t “age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”
Because Disney didn’t publicly blast Florida’s lawmakers for such a proposal, the LGBTQ+ staff have an inventory of calls for they count on to be adopted as a approach of constructing up for such shoddy therapy. They listed 22 people, together with Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, as individuals to whom Disney is not going to be allowed to donate. “A temporary pause is not enough,” the calls for learn. “TWDC must immediately and indefinitely cease all campaign donations to these politicians involved in the creation or passage of the ‘don’t say gay or trans’ bill.”
Furthermore, “TWDC must publicly commit to an actionable plan that protects employees from hateful legislation,” in accordance with the assertion, which included an inventory of those “plans.”
- Stopping building and funding in Florida till the “hateful” laws is repealed.
- Stopping efforts to maneuver staff to Florida for his or her “safety and employment retention.”
- If an individual rejects the transfer to Florida, the corporate ensures they won’t be terminated.
- Because of TWDC’s “inaction to protect the rights” of the homosexual/trans group, the corporate should make “substantial contributions” to The Trevor Project, Trans Life, and different advocacy teams “to regain our trust.”
- TWDC “pledges to create an LGBTQIA+ brand similar to that of ‘The Onyx Collective’ focusing on LGBTQ+ creators and underrepresented voices.”
Walt Disney’s CEO Bob Chapek earlier tried to donate $5 million to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) however the LGBTQ+ advocacy group rejected it, saying till the corporate did extra to denounce the Florida “Don’t Say Gay” invoice, they might not settle for any donations. Chapek reached out to his staff through e mail to apologize for not being extra energetic in disagreeing with the proposed invoice and stated, “Starting immediately, we are increasing our support for advocacy groups to combat similar legislation in other states.” He has additionally, no less than briefly, paused all political donations within the state.
Disney has bent over backward to fulfill the ever-increasing calls for of the homosexual group. As Liberty Nation reported earlier, the transfer to show Hollywood extra homosexual is on the rise: “GLADD is pushing to have LGBTQ plots in 50% of all movies by 2024. A quick internet search reveals that more than 30 gay movies are coming out this year.”
Movies, together with kids’s cartoons and animation movies, don’t present sufficient homosexual materials, in accordance with LGBTQ advocates. They need extra specific scenes demonstrating to viewers that the characters are homosexual. Now, after the fallout from the “Don’t Say Gay” invoice, Disney Pixar will reinstate the same-sex kiss scene in “Lightyear” which is because of be launched on June 17, 2022.
Cheers and Jeers
Sometimes, HollyWeird gamers make headlines for foolish or weird happenings, so here’s a assortment of newsworthy doings — honorable and dishonorable — by the tenants of Tinseltown.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Warns the Russians
Former California governor and Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger had a couple of phrases to say to Russian Soldiers, residents, and President Vladimir Putin: “I’m sending this message through various different channels to reach my dear Russian friends and the Russian soldiers serving in Ukraine. I’m speaking to you today because there are things that are going on in the world that are being kept from you, terrible things that you should know about.”
Schwarzenegger, whose father was a member of the Nazi Party, spoke of his love for the Russian individuals, then associated what’s going on in Ukraine with what occurred on Jan. 6 on the DC Capitol within the US:
“I speak with the same heartfelt concern as I spoke to the American people when there was an attempted insurrection on January 6 last year when a wild crowd was storming the U.S. Capitol trying to overthrow our government. There are moments like this that are so wrong and then we have to speak up. It is exactly the same with your government.”
The actor/politician wished to inform the Russians the “truth” about what is basically occurring with the Russia-Ukraine warfare. He defined:
“I know that your government has told you that this is a war to denazify Ukraine. Denazify Ukraine? This is not true. Ukraine is a country with a Jewish president. A Jewish president, I might add, whose father’s three brothers were all murdered by the Nazis. You see, Ukraine did not start this war. Neither did nationalists or Nazis. Those in power in the Kremlin started this war. This is not the Russian People’s War.”
Schwarzenegger talked about how the warfare destroyed his father and the way he didn’t need others to have the identical expertise earlier than interesting to “those in power:” And lastly, to Putin himself, Schwarzenegger stated: “And to President Putin I say: You started this war. You are leading this war. You can stop this war.”
Celebrities Trying to Stop Bank From Funding Canadian Pipeline
Hollywood’s A-list got here out in droves to signal a petition to induce a Canadian financial institution to cease financing a pipeline. The petition reads:
“We, the undersigned, demand that City National Bank’s parent company, Royal Bank of Canada:
Withdraw support from the Coastal GasLink pipeline, effective immediately.”
It additional states that the Royal Bank is “bankrolling the climate crisis and violating the rights of Indigenous Peoples.”
And fairly the record of names from Tinseltown jumped on board to place their Hancock to the petition. Take a gander at a number of the names:
- Mark Ruffalo
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Scarlett Johansson
- Jane Fonda
- Robert Downey Jr.
- Mariska Hargitay
- Julianne Moore
- Joaquin Phoenix
- Amy Schumer
- Ben Stiller
- Marisa Tomei
The Coastal GasLink challenge has drawn heavy criticism and has impressed a number of protests and demonstrations.
Tune in subsequent week to see what else Tinseltown has deliberate.
~ Read extra from Kelli Ballard.