Ahead of the premiere of his new Disney + movie, Cheaper than the dozenstar Gabrielle Union has taken a firm stand against Disney for her donations to Florida politicians who support the Don’t Say Gay bill and for his feeble response after the bill was passed by the Florida Senate earlier this month.
“Someone asked me, ‘Are you disappointed?’ I am disappointed when my order does not go well on In-N-Out. I don’t even think it’s a word you could use for something like this, where children’s lives are literally in the balance, “says Union. variety. “We have to admit that if you really take a stand against hatred and oppression, you shouldn’t be funding hatred and oppression. Period. The damage is done. “
A report of the Orlando Sentinel recently revealed disney donated funds to all sponsors and co-sponsors of the bill, which bans “class discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity” in schools and other educational settings. The company has since stopped all donations to Florida politicians in an effort to prove their alliance.
“There are so many states that are following suit [with Florida’s legislation]because there is no rejection, because no one is in positions of power [or] companies are taking a difficult position, ”continues Union. “We look at who is donating to what and we call people out… I think a lot of people like to confuse responsibility and consequences for the nullification of culture. And as long as you have a microphone and a stage that doesn’t nullify the culture, honey … We have to campaign and fund those people who stand for all of us. “
union was to open about his support for LGBTQ + rights, and was particularly outspoken in supporting his trans stepdaughter Zaya Wade. When speaking with variety on the anti-trans legislation under discussion in Texas, the Union shared this message to LGBTQ + youth in the state.
“There are bad people who control your destiny, but we are working to make sure that not only you survive but that you thrive,” Union said. “There are so many other people who are actively working for you to have peace and for you to exist in the same way that everyone else has the ability to exist. We are fighting and we will never stop fighting. As long as I have air in my lungs we will not stop fighting for you and I’m not alone in this ”.
Disney employees are still in possession of a number of in-person and virtual strikes in protest against the company’s management of the account in Florida. The strikes will be held daily until the 21st, with a larger strike scheduled for the 22nd. Before the Disney strikes CEO Bob Chapek he apologized to the employees of the LGBTQ + company, writing: “I know there is still a lot of work to be done. I am committed to this work and with you all and will continue to engage with the LGBTQ + community so that I can become a better ally. You will hear more about our progress in the coming weeks. “