Bill Maher went in hard on Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, for “demagoguing” the culture war issue over LGBTQ+ mentions in schools.
The “Real Time” host railed on DeSantis for the draconian action he took against Disney World, yanking their tax status and independence because the Mouse House took a stand against the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Bill said he has every reason to hate Disney — after all, they fired him for comments he made on “Politically Incorrect” — a bonehead move given the name of the show, right?
Nevertheless, Bill feels sorry for Disney because they seem to be in a no-win situation … the left hated them when they didn’t take a stand on the bill, and now they’ve taken a stand and the right. hates them. As Bill said, Disney’s initial response … “We just make fairies and elves, riding teacups” … and that triggered the left. Now that they won’t donate to political campaigns of those who support the bill … well, the right went nuts.
Atlantic writer Caitlin Flanagan said she hates the way Disney waffled, imploring the company to “have a backbone.” Conservative Mary Katharine Ham took a different stance … “The key might be neutrality on thgese big culture war issues.”
There was also talk of teaching social justice in schools, and whether it takes a toll on basic learning. It’s an interesting convo.