August 15, 2023


Ron DeSantis calls Disney to withdraw lawsuit, asserts he's 'Moved On'

Ron DeSantis claims Disney promotes 'Sexualized Content' for kids

By Ellen James August 15, 2023
Governor DeSantis highlights case for ending Disney lawsuit, citing special district dispute.
Governor DeSantis highlights case for ending Disney lawsuit, citing special district dispute.

Ron DeSantis has issued a public appeal to The Walt Disney Co., urging the entertainment giant to withdraw its lawsuit against him. 

Speaking to CNBC's Last Call host Brian Sullivan, DeSantis emphasized that he has "moved on" from the ongoing confrontation and encouraged Disney to follow suit by discontinuing the legal action against him.

Sullivan inquired why DeSantis hadn't attempted to resolve the dispute directly with Disney CEO Bob Iger through a phone call. 

In response, DeSantis asserted, "We've basically moved on." He further elaborated, stating, "They are suing the state of Florida. 

They are going to lose that lawsuit. So what I would say is, Drop the lawsuit. You have the state that even CNBC ranks as the number one economy among all 50 states."

The legal conflict traces back to April, when Disney initiated legal proceedings against DeSantis. 

The lawsuit alleges that the governor's actions violated the company's First Amendment rights and other constitutional protections. 

DeSantis had spearheaded an initiative to wrest control of a special district encompassing Disney's Florida theme parks from the company. 

Disney contends that this move was retribution following the company's opposition to a parental rights bill, often referred to by critics as the "don't say gay" law, in the previous year.

Disney's legal complaint, however, presents a different perspective. The lawsuit outlines instances where DeSantis appeared to direct efforts targeting the company directly. 

These instances include legislative moves aimed at regulating Disney's monorail system.

DeSantis has accused the company of endorsing initiatives aimed at introducing "sexualized content in the programming for young kids." 

However, Disney CEO Bob Iger has vehemently refuted this assertion, dismissing it as "preposterous."