Opinion | Florida Lawmakers Advance Homophobia to DeSantis’s Desk
That’s a query for a special form of professional. But one positive factor, because the historical past of storytelling demonstrates time and again, is that storytellers will use each medium accessible to inform their tales. And audiences will all the time need tales. The constructing blocks could shift. The medium could change. But tales go on and on.
Lovely & Loathsome
Lovely: The debate over the way forward for cryptocurrency and what regulation is required for the nascent trade received an vital and considerate enhance with the chief order by President Biden this week. In a measured report that weighed the dangers and the advantages, Executive Order on Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets directs a spread of federal authorities companies to check digital currencies and advocate new rules and insurance policies.
It’s a giant deal for the following era of the digital age, often known as web3, which encompasses every thing from cryptocurrency to NFTs to the metaverse, as a result of it has basically been made legit by the president’s order and may deliver in additional individuals who have been ready on the sidelines. In different phrases, very like when the web broke by within the Nineteen Nineties, the White House has declared it’s time to leap into the crypto pool. One of the extra intriguing concepts is for a digital model of the greenback — and like clockwork, Senator Ted Cruz had his standard dumb, reactionary scorching take through tweet on what’s a posh and growing difficulty.
Loathsome: Speaking of the Florida invoice, I’ve to choose on the flip-flopping of Disney C.E.O. Bob Chapek, who has proven himself to be persistently ham-handed on points (see: ScarJo streaming debacle). With 80,000 staff in Florida, Disney is a robust drive there politically, however Chapek inexplicably felt he didn’t have clout and appeared to say in a memo that he was not explicitly in opposition to the invoice for every kind of strange and sophisticated causes. Chapek “botched an internal email to Disney employees,” because the Times wrote. “He was seeking to explain Disney’s public silence on anti-L.G.B.T.Q. legislation in Florida that activists have labeled the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill. Instead, Mr. Chapek’s nearly 1,000-word memo poured gasoline on the fire, and the hashtag #boycottDisney was soon trending on social media.”
That isn’t a hashtag you need on the market whenever you make charming motion pictures like “Encanto” (which is now enjoying on an countless Bruno … no … no … loop in my home, by the best way). Then, at a shareholder assembly, Chapek stepped again and stated he was in opposition to the invoice. “While we’ve been strong supporters of the community for decades, I know that many are upset that we did not speak out against the bill,” stated Chapek, who stated he additionally spoke to DeSantis. “We were opposed to the bill from the outset, and we chose not to take a public position because we felt we could be more effective working behind the scenes directly with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.”
Oof, particularly because it got here after Chapek’s instant predecessor, the much-respected Disney C.E.O. Bob Iger, tweeted his opposition to the invoice on Twitter. That’s known as management, which Iger, who vacated his chairmanship in December, talked about eloquently in a current dwell Disney exit interview I did with him on Sway.