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Ron DeSantis said cartoons used to be straight & wholesome. The internet reminded him of the truth.

Bugs Bunny dressed in women's clothes to romance Elmer Fudd to convince him to murder Daffy Duck.
Bugs Bunny dressed in women's clothes to romance Elmer Fudd to convince him to murder Daffy Duck.Photo: YouTube screenshot/WB Kids

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) claimed that cartoons used to be completely wholesome, but now Disney has sexualized them to corrupt the youth. But people aren’t putting up with his poor memory and are showing that cartoons have always been a product of the society that they were produced in.

DeSantis was speaking at an event for Senate candidate Adam Laxalt when he started to rant about Disney. DeSantis has been in a very public battle against the megacorporation ever since they released a statement opposing his state’s Don’t Say Gay law, bringing up a leaked Zoom call among Disney executives where one noted that there are a lot of LGBTQ people, “so Disney better get with it.”

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“One of the things that really bugged me were these Zoom videos with all these people that are high up at Disney, talking about how it was their intention to inject sexuality into the programming for these very young kids,” DeSantis said, distorting the content of the leaked video (only one executive was talking about increasing queer content, she was talking about sexual orientation and gender diversity and not discussions of sexuality in general, and she did not mention “very young kids”).

“And so my wife and I,” DeSantis shouted into the mic, “you know we’re thinking to ourselves, you know when we were young you could watch cartoons without having to worry. Now parents have to sit there and worry about what are they trying to inject in, what type of ideology are they trying to pursue. And that is wrong.”

While DeSantis apparently couldn’t remember a cartoon ever being sexual, problematic, or queer before 2022, people on Twitter did. And they brought a lot of examples to help jog his memory.

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