Monkeying With Disney

After Disney opposed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Don’t-Say-Gay law, he and the GOP-majority state legislature took away Disney’s self-governing status. He claimed that he was removing “unjustified privileges,” but it wasn’t something he had an issue with until Disney had the audacity to criticize him. What DeSantis did was seek revenge.

In this special zone, Disney was covering the bill for government services, like water, roads, and other infrastructure maintenance, but by taking away the corporation’s special status, which it had for decades, he placed that tax burden on the residents. They took away the self-governing status before solving the problem of passing the buck to taxpayers. Instead of providing an answer to this at the time, Republicans just said “trust us.” Being that they’re Republicans, you can’t trust them.

Now, DeSantis has signed a bill that gives him control over the district. At a self-flagellation ceremony, DeSantis praised himself saying, “The corporate kingdom finally comes to an end. There’s a new sheriff in town, and accountability will be the order of the day.” This is odd, not just because of the chest-thumping but because Republicans are usually all about corporations. Listen to what Republicans are saying about the train derailment in East Palestine and you won’t hear one of them say “Norfolk Southern.”

The bill gives DeSantis the privilege of creating a five-person state board to oversee municipal services, such as fire protection, sewage, and road maintenance, where Disney World operates. This is an extremely horrifying development. I’ll tell you why.

Typically, government boards are bipartisan and appointments come from more than one source. For example, the Post Office Board of Governors has 11 members with nine being appointed by the president. But, they have staggered terms so different presidents have appointed the nine members. The Federal Election Commission has an equal number of members from the Democratic and Republican Parties. Most government boards, where the members are not elected but appointed, have input from more than one source. It’s rare to find boards that consist of members of just one party. Maybe they have them in places like Utah, but most are bipartisan or at least not appointed by just one person, which would give that one person monarchial powers. This new bullshit board DeSantis has created does just that. Remember, Ron DeSantis has fired elected officials.

Every member of this new board that will govern the infrastructure in the Disney zone was appointed by Ron DeSantis and only Ron DeSantis. Now before you start thinking he only appointed people who contribute to his campaigns, kiss his ass, and right-wing yee-yaw fuckers who he can easily control, let me assure you right now…yeah, that’s exactly what he did. He appointed nothing but goons.

The board includes Michael Sasso, president of the Federalist Society’s Orlando chapter, Bridget Ziegler, a staunch goose-stepping school board member who’s also the wife of the chairman of the Florida Republican Party, Ron Peri, a religious zealot in charge of the Christian ministry The Gathering USA, and two other right-wing lawyers.

The board has the power to raise revenue which they say will all come from Disney, but DeSantis fully intends to use this board and its revenue-raising power to influence Disney’s content.

Say Disney needs some improvement to the infrastructure around the park but the funding has to be approved by the board, but the board says no unless they put pants on Donald Duck. Shit like that.

DeSantis said, “When you lose your way, you’ve got to have people that are going to tell you the truth. So we hope they can get back on. But I think all of these board members very much would like to see the type of entertainment that all families can appreciate.” Who’s truth? DeSantis’ “truth?”

Do you really want a collection of DeSantis-appointed goons to decide what’s family entertainment? What if this board cancels Black Panther because it might make a white kid feel bad? What if they outlaw black mermaids? What if they try to punish Disney (spoiler alert) for including a gay character in The Eternals? Or go after them for the gay antelopes in Zootopia, or LeFou in Beauty and the Beast, or Ethan in Strange World? What if the board stops Disney from firing the white nationalist actress in The Mandalorian? What if the board of zealots says Toy Story can’t have a character named “Woody” because we all know what a woody is?

And in case you don’t know, a woody is what Ron DeSantis has for fascism.

Creative note: I can think of several cartoonists who wouldn’t have even tried to draw Rafiki. They would have traced him.

Also, one of my proofers told me to make the “e” in “DeSantis” uppercase, but tiny like his penis.

Music note: I listened to Third Eye blind.

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  1. HaHaHa You nailed it. Things are quiet out Disney at the moment but as your art alludes that is going to change. And very soon. Deshitestain keeps pushing an organization that could buy all of Florida if it choose. He is too stupid to get that. I think Disney is being coy as they are loading up their legal counter points. But do not misinterpret my comments. I don’t see Disney as the hero. Their recoed is weak. But they are huge. Camn I plusg Carl Haaisen’s book ?

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  2. As a Disney Vacation Club member since 1996 I am hoping that Disney files a huge lawsuit against Desantis and the Legislature now that their attempt to essentially take over the authority to manage the WDW property has been signed into law. Disney has the ability to hire lawyers who are way smarter than Desantis and his minions. My guess is that they can tie this attempted coup up for years. I want this to be a huge albatross on Desantis as he tries to run for president.

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  3. “For example, the Post Office Board of Governors has 11 members with nine being appointed by the president.”

    (And yes, I meant to shout, I’m so pissed off.)

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      1. Yes, I know that . . . and I thought new board member[s] were already put on by President Biden. But he’s STILL in there, f*ckin’ up the USPS. (And my dr. told me today my blood pressure has gone up so high I have to double my meds – gee, I wonder why?)

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      1. All I can find is his commentary from 10 months ago. Has he a more recent video?

        I have visions of deserted buildings and amusement rides; thousands of people out of work; property values plummeting; and DeathSantis being hounded out of office. Oh, and Carl Hiaasen feeling vindicated.


    1. They would never do that because that would be even more expensive and Florida is a great tourist destination. But, they should make a lot of noise over it just to hurt DeSantis.


  4. This will be interesting to watch play out. I don’t see how the board can affect ALL Disney content. Also, will DeSantis be there forever? will the next person be as extreme as him? What will the homeowners in that district do if some of the costs fall on them? Is this still being appealed in court? Is Big Mouse so easy to rollover? So many questions.

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    1. So about “going to court“ I’m not a lawyer, but it’s my understanding that it’s pretty hard to go to court over something until it’s happened.

      You might file a stay or an injunction. I don’t recall if they did or not. But I believe until you’ve actually been harmed you really don’t have a leg to stand on taking someone to civil court..


      1. It merely shows the schizophrenia of the republican party, who, on the one hand don’t want any government intervention in social media companies which might restrict their racist, misogynistic, homophobic, antisemitic propaganda but when there’s pushed back, then they wont government regulations to take control of business.

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  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    DeSatan is an ASS!! I know I live in FloriDUH!! … “DeSantis said, “When you lose your way, you’ve got to have people that are going to tell you the truth. So we hope they can get back on. But I think all of these board members very much would like to see the type of entertainment that all families can appreciate.” Who’s truth? DeSantis’ “truth?””

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  6. The corporate rich in Germany in the 1920s-1930s of the democratic Weimar republic thought they could control Hitler. THEY WERE WRONG. Hitler used the freedoms of democracy to TAKE OVER! DeSantis is using the same playbook Hitler used. He is a clear and present danger. Same with Matt Gaetz, MTG, Boebert, Gym Jordan, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Trump, Tom Cotton, Sara huckabee Sanders, McCarthy and the rest of power-hungry extremist right wing fanatics.


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