The decade's most triggering comedy
On Friday, Disney heiress Abigail Disney, the great-niece of Walt Disney who sniped just after NBA superstar Kobe Bryant’s tragic death along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven other people in a helicopter crash, “The man was a rapist. Deal with it,” has now weighed in on the Florida Parental Rights in Education law and Disney’s opposition to it as well as the right-wing’s efforts to combat the woke agenda adopted by American corporations, declaring, “The right-wing has finally run amok.” She also called Christopher Rufo, who has been documenting the woke politics inside the Disney empire, a “little punk.”
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In a long Twitter thread, Abigail Disney began by snapping, “Like all radical ideologues, the right wing has finally run amok and is coming to devour the hand that feeds it. Business. For my part I am delighted.”
“It is the business world that has been, either by act or omission, feeding the opportunist right wing to distract,” she stated, “us with culture war nonsense while they rifle through the till and empty everyone’s pockets.”
Despite a mid-March Politico/Morning Consult poll showing 50% of respondents supported banning the teaching of sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade and 52% supported limiting lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity after third grade to “age appropriate” discussions, Disney claimed that a majority of Americans were not in favor of the “‘anti-woke’ right,” writing, “This ‘anti-woke’ right wing nonsense is unsupported by a large majority of Americans. In fact most Americans are offended by it and wish it would just go away.”
Using her claim that the anti-woke crowd was in the minority, she continued, “You need two things to rule with a minority. First, you need to be constantly looking for fresh meat to throw to the minions, to keep them riled up all the time. That works until the herd thins (remember Scar in Lion King?). So now they’ve come for American Businesses.” She continued, “It was really only a matter of time. But the second thing you need to rule with a minority is money, lots of it. You need the very deep pockets to fund you, yes, and if they don’t, you need them to sit quietly along the sidelines, out of your way.”
She added, “Until now, business has been content to do just that. Or they compartmentalized like sociopaths when they funded folks like Dennis Baxley who wrote the hateful Don’t Say Gay bill because as the CEO claimed, he had no way of knowing he might vote for legislation like that. “
She suggested that those on the political Right harbored racism, xenophobia and misogyny and were trying to “tear this country apart,” ranting, “HAH. Or else they have chosen silence. Their silence brought us Donald Trump. Apparently the racism and the xenophobia and the misogyny weren’t deal breakers. Their silence, or at least willingness to compartmentalize when it came to politicians who were willing to fight for their outrageous and multi-decade campaign to stack the deck against the American People brought us this whole raft of Trump wanna-be’s now casting about for new and more insidious ways to tear the country apart.”
Disney claimed that “decent human beings were being actively harmed by right wing activism,” writing:
So now that the right wing and the business agenda might actually be showing signs of parting ways, perhaps we might see the powerful lobbies of the various industries wondering which party was truly interested in supporting their interests. Perhaps we will see lobbies lose faith in the devil’s partnership they until now have relied so heavily upon to look after their subsidies, their tax breaks, their flouting of law and regulation. Perhaps the right wing has finally bitten the hand that has been feeding it superfoods these last few decades. This is a monster of corporate America’s creation. Until now they’ve managed to dodge the worst of it by feigning “neutrality” –even when decent human beings were being actively harmed by right wing activism.
She huffed that “authenticity, generosity, joy and decency” were “the heart and soul of the Disney brand” even as she called Rufo a “little punk”:
The only thing that will work for business now if they want to emerge in one piece, is to stand tall for authenticity, generosity, joy and decency. These things are cryptonite (sic) for the right wing agenda. So the cure for this isn’t hard. And it also just so happens to be the heart and soul of the Disney brand. Disney has everything it needs to fight this threat, if only it will have the courage to weather the slings and arrows and threats and name-calling. If only leadership will check in with first principles. If only they will show us that as a company that trades on American Right now, when it matters most of all, they will stand for those values with every fiber of their being. Yeah guys like Rufo can try, but Disney is so much bigger, means so much more to the American people than that little punk can ever hope to mean.