This week’s Oscars will always be known as the time Will Smith slapped host Chris Rock for a joke about Jada Pinkett. Other moments of the night are also worth talking about. Wanda Sykes decided to take a not-so-subtle jab at Florida and its Governor, Ron DeSantis.
Sykes is referring to Florida’s recently passed legislation that opponents have titled the “Don’t say gay” bill. The actual name of the legislation is the Parental Rights in Education bill. It does not prohibit the use of the word ‘gay’ in the classroom, but it does prevent teachers from presenting material on sexual orientation and gender identity for kindergarteners through third grade. The proponents of the bill argue that such topics are not age appropriate for the grades that are covered by the bill.
Christina Pushaw, spokesperson for Governor DeSantis responded to Sykes Oscar trolling on Twitter with a spot-on Tweet.
It is difficult to understand the Left’s insistence on introducing topics of sexuality to children who are nowhere close to experiencing puberty. Conservatives rightfully argue that younger children need firmer boundaries as they acclimate to the world. If these topics need to be discussed in school at all, it is when the children are older.
Polling shows that most Americans agree with Florida and not the Hollywood elite.
A 16-point margin on anything in America is a huge level of support given the divided state of our politics. So why is the left opposing it at every level when there is little hope of convincing the American people? Opponents of the bill know that if they are relentless at every level of culture, they have a high chance of success.
Take gay marriage for example. Opposition to gay marriage polled at the same level as support for the Florida bill does today. The left argued for gay marriage in the media, entertainment, and court of public opinion for decades. Over time attitudes were changed and gay marriage is now the law of the land. The left hopes the same strategy will work with broaching sexual topics in school for younger children.
Unlike gay marriage, which occurs between two adults, teaching sexual orientation to kindergartners must go through the parents. So far, parents have responded with a resounding ‘no.’ Let us hope they do not budge.