Actress Ariana DeBos, who made history at the 94th Academy Awards by becoming the first openly lesbian woman to win an acting Oscar for her work in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” says she enjoyed Disney’s handling of “Don’t Say Gay”. discussed on ‘ Bill with CEO Bob Chapek.
As Variety reports, the music was distributed by 20th Century Studios, which is owned by The Walt Disney Company.
On the Academy Awards red carpet ahead of the ceremony, West Side Story fame Ariana DeBos says she has reached out to Disney CEO Bob Chapek asked to speak about the studio’s controversial response to the law.
Ariana DeBoss said, “Bob and I, we’re gonna work,” DeBoss said. “I have [spoken to Chapek], I am a very handsome type of person. And when I see something, I say something. And while I can’t always put it on the internet, I do. I reached out. And I’ll keep contacting and Bob knows it.
When I Asked About This Year’s Queer Representation, According to ‘Variety’ Oscar, which also featured Best Actress nominee Kristen Stewart, DeBos smiled. “Were here. We’re queer. And we’ve been here.”
Earlier this month, Bob Chapek was criticized for alleged donations by Disney to the bill’s sponsors. Variety reported exclusively at the time that LGBTQ Disney employees had sent a letter to the CEO and other company executives asking the company to issue a statement against anti-LGBTQ legislation in the US.
Chapek was shocked when he finally addressed the issue by saying that Disney could make “the biggest impact” by promoting inclusivity through its content.
During her acceptance speech on Sunday, Ariana DeBos delivered a powerful message: “Anyone who has ever questioned your identity, ever, ever, or you find yourself living in a gray space, I ask you this. Promise: There’s actually a place for it. We.”
On Monday, as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill into law, Walk Disney Company promised to work on repealing the law.
“Florida’s HB 1557, also known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, should never have been passed and should never have been incorporated into law,” the statement said.
“Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we are committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve this. We are the Disney family. Dedicated to standing up for the rights and protections of LGBTQ+ members of the U.S. as well as the rights and protections of the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and throughout the country.”