Hollywood celebrities have expressed their support for Disney employees following strike protests over the company’s response to controversial US legislation.
Ark Ruffalo and Kerry Washington are among those who say they stand by the hiring decision and do not condone the global franchise’s actions.
Florida Republicans recently passed legislation, dubbed by opponents “don’t say gay,” restricting teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity to young children in the state.
Chief Executive Bob Chapek has been criticized for not acting and using Disney’s enormous influence in the state to try to overturn the law.
On Tuesday, workers at various Disney theme parks and studios left their solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community.
“I’ve been part of the Disney corporate family as an ABC employee for a long time,” Washington wrote in an online statement.
“It’s a creative and professional community that I’m often happy and proud to be a part of. But sometimes family members disagree. This is one of those times.
“I do not condone the actions or inactions of Disney at this moment.
“I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQIA+ workforce and stand with them today in this exit.
“Please know that you are important. Your rights are important. Your votes matter. I encourage you all to help make your voices louder today.”
Avengers star Ruffalo added, “We are proud and in solidarity with our LBGTQIA+ family.”
Marvel Studios, which is owned by The Walt Disney Company, previously said it “strongly denounces” any laws that affect community rights after the law was passed.
The bill will ban teaching “sexual orientation or gender identity” in US schools from kindergarten through third grade.
Republican politicians argued that parents, not teachers, should be the ones who should be discussing gender issues with children in their formative years.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/celebrities-voice-support-for-disney-employees-following-walkout-protests-41477354.html Celebrities support Disney employees after strike protests