Disney also donated to Democrats.
The entertainment company, which opened a theme park in China in 2016 and gained substantial access to that country’s movie market, has been accused by some critics of adjusting its content to appeal to China’s communist rulers and avoid topics that they consider sensitive.
Critics of DeSantis say he is going against the company in a culture war because of his ambitions to win the Republican primary to be the 2024 presidential candidate.
“It’s really quite shocking,” said former Republican Governor Charlie Crist, who is now a Democratic congressman seeking to challenge DeSantis.
Crist said the governor has battled with industries important to Florida, such as DeSantis’ legal battle with cruise lines that wanted passengers to show they were vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“Now it’s Disney. Who’s next on this governor’s blacklist? said Christ.
Democratic U.S. Representative Darren Soto, whose district includes parts of Disney, also questioned the governor’s attack on Disney.
“This is another strike in the hate agenda that Governor DeSantis is pushing right now,” Soto said, adding that the state budget is hugely dependent on the sales tax that Disney and others are pushing. theme parks generate for the state.