Actor Oscar Isaac just made his Marvel universe debut in Moon Knight on Disney+, but he isn’t holding back on his criticism of Disney’s response — or rather, lack thereof — to the “don’t say gay” bill recently passed in Florida, which prohibits instruction regarding gender identity and sexual orientation.
Speaking with Variety, Isaac said (well, technically sang), “I guess my comment would be: gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gayyyyyy!”
“It’s an absolutely ridiculous law,” he added. “It’s insane. It’s insanity. And I hope that Disney as a company comes out as forcefully as possible against this idea. It’s astounding that it even exists in this country.”
His Moon Knight costar Ethan Hawke also commented on the need for LGBTQ+ visibility in pop culture. “My life’s work is dedicated to creating empathy,” Hawke said. “I feel the power of stories that we tell each other. If you tell the truth about human experience, you invite empathy. And the more places we shine light, the less dark places there are, and there’s less to be afraid of. And the more we understand each other’s experiences, the more humanity we find in them, and the better we all actually feel. So that’s my job, and that’s what I believe in.”
Isaac and Hawke are two of a growing number of A-listers who are speaking out against Disney’s poor response to the bill, which initially saw the company refusing to make a public statement while continuing to donate to supporters of the bill. Disney has since backpedaled, apologized for its poor handling of the situation, and paused its political funding.
Fellow Marvel alum Mark Ruffalo tweeted that he was, “Standing proud and in solidarity with our LBGTQIA+ family!”
Larry Wilmore posted a photo alongside Kerry Washington making their support clear as well. “We’re taking the time today on set to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ employees of Disney. We’re all in this together!!” he wrote.
Raven-Symoné, along with the cast of the Disney Channel series Raven’s Home, joined the walkout protest against “don’t say gay.” She posted a video decrying the “ridiculous bill”. “We don’t like it! We’re walking out,” she says. “It’s stupid. We love everyone. Support, support, support.”
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