'Stay out of the culture war': With Disney, DeSantis warns of escalating GOP fight against 'woke capital'

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Friday revoking Walt Disney of its self-governing authority to punish the company for opposing a new law restricting classroom discussions of gender identity and sexual orientation, opening up a new front in the nation’s culture wars.

The new law, set to take effect in June 2023, will revoke special privileges granted to Disney decades ago to govern the land surrounding its Disney World theme park. It will cost Disney tens of millions of dollars a year and has upended the cozy relationship between the state and the company.

The public feud over Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” by opponents, is the latest in the political right’s battle against “wokeness.”


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