Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday denounced "woke" Disney CEO Bob Chapek over his criticism of a parental rights bill that progressives argue is anti-LGBTQ. "When you have companies that have made a fortune off being family-friendly and catering to families and young kids, they should understand that parents of young kids do not want this injected into their kid's kindergarten classroom," DeSantis told Fox News. "You have companies, like at Disney, that are going to say and criticize parents' rights, they're going to criticize the fact that we don't want transgenderism in kindergarten in first-grade classrooms," he went on. "If that's the hill they're going to die on, then how do they possibly explain lining their pockets with their relationship with the Communist Party of China? Because that's what they do, and they make a fortune, and they don't say a word about the really brutal practices that you see over there at the hands of the CCP." [tweet_embed] March 13, 2022[/tweet_embed] "And so in Florida, our policies have to be based on the best interest of Florida citizens, not on the musing of woke corporations," he continued. The Parental Rights in Education bill, which bans school workers or third parties from delivering classroom instruction on "sexual orientation" or "gender identity" in kindergarten through third grade, passed the state Senate Tuesday after passing the House last month. Chapek told investors Wednesday that he had spoken to DeSantis and voiced "our disappointment and concern that if the legislation becomes law, it could be used to unfairly target gay, lesbian, nonbinary and transgender kids and families." "I understand that many are upset that we did not speak out against the bill," Chapek said, FOX 35 Orlando reported. "We were opposed to the bill from the outset, but we chose not to take a public position on it because we thought we could be more effective working behind the scenes, working with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle." [tweet_embed] March 13, 2022[/tweet_embed] "I called Gov. DeSantis this morning to express our disappointment and concern that if the legislation becomes law, it could be used to unfairly target gay, lesbian, non-binary, and transgender kids and families," he said. [tweet_embed] March 13, 2022[/tweet_embed] Chapek announced that the governor was "very open" to hearing his concerns. "Governor DeSantis has always been open to hearing from Floridians and having conversations about legislation – as long as those discussions are grounded in facts, not false media narratives," DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw announced in a statement. "The governor's position has not changed."