On Wednesday, a crowd of Christians gathered outside Disney headquarters in Burbank, California to protest the entertainment giant's efforts to include more LGBTQ+ content in its films and TV shows.
Worship-leader-turned-activist Sean Feucht led the "Hold the Line" protest, where a swarm of parents, conservatives and Christians standing outside Disney's headquarters chanted "Boycott Disney."
"Parents across America were blindsided by the fact that Disney would enable people that are fighting for the sexualization of children, starting in kindergarten," Feucht told Faithwire, referring to Disney's decision to openly denounce Florida's Parental Rights law. "We're talking about 4-year-olds. It's one thing to make content. It's another thing to fight for those that want to groom and sexualize kids."
As Christian Headlines previously reported, Disney recently came under fire for opposing Florida's newly enacted Parental Rights in Education Law. The law bans classroom instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation in K-3rd grade classrooms. Disney also received some backlash after a leaked video meeting with Disney executives revealed that the company wants to add more LGBT characters to its programming.
Feucht, the founder of "Hold the Line," asserted that Christians must take a stand on this issue.
"A lot of people are really fired up," he said. "[I] think Christians sometimes – they get way too soft. They don't realize that they're powerful. We have a voice that can change things economically for Disney. We have a voice that can change things politically in this country. … We're called to be salt and light in every part of society. So, when issues like this happen, we don't just back down; we have to stand up," he said.
During Wednesday's protest, a female conservative Disney employee spoke out against the company's direction and encouraged her colleagues to let their voices be heard.
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"I'm a cast member here, for Disneyland actually," the young woman explained. "I've been with them for quite a long time, and it has gotten very political, and it's gotten very hard to be who you are. It's gotten very hard to be someone who has conservative values. Someone who believes in the right to choose, someone who believes that it's okay to stand up for righteousness. It is okay to stand up for righteousness."
"Any Disney cast members that are afraid to be bold, that are afraid to be courageous, stand up. It's okay. You're not alone," she concluded.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.