Mick Jagger Taunts Ron DeSantis at Florida Show

Disney's legal struggles continue amid a rock legend's tour

by Zain ul Abedin
Mick Jagger Taunts Ron DeSantis at Florida Show
© Stu Forster/Getty Images

During a vibrant Monday night concert in Florida, Mick Jagger, the legendary frontman of The Rolling Stones, couldn't resist a playful jab at Governor Ron DeSantis, much to the audience's amusement. At Orlando's Camping World Stadium, Jagger exclaimed to the crowd amid their Hackney Diamonds tour, “We have some great local celebrities tonight.

Tiger Woods is here, Joey Fatone is here, and Ron DeSantis is in the suite, having a date night with Mickey Mouse. I'm so glad they finally made up”. This remark, blending humor with pointed commentary, was not just a moment of entertainment but a subtle reference to DeSantis' recent and contentious dealings with Disney.

Although a spokesperson for DeSantis confirmed that the governor did not attend the concert, the quip highlighted the ongoing tussle between DeSantis and Disney. This tussle started in 2022 after Disney publicly opposed Florida's Parental Rights in Education Act, also known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill.

This legislation significantly curtailed discussions around gender and s-xuality in public schools, prompting Disney to speak out and subsequently face legislative repercussions from DeSantis, including the dissolution of Disney’s self-governing district near its theme park.

Stones Rock, Disney Battles

The feud saw Disney securing a temporary win to retain certain development rights, even filing a lawsuit against DeSantis for alleged political retaliation. Although a federal judge sided with DeSantis earlier this year, Disney continues its legal battle with an appeal pending at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Meanwhile, The Rolling Stones delivered an electrifying 19-song set, featuring performances by stalwarts Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood. The band captured the fans and reinforced its enduring appeal in the rock music world.

Looking ahead, the discord between Disney and DeSantis may be nearing its conclusion. The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District is set to deliberate on a Walt Disney World development plan on June 15, which could see Disney investing $17 billion over the next two decades to expand and enhance the resort.

This ambitious plan mandates significant local engagement, stipulating that Florida-based businesses handle at least 50 percent of all construction work to boost local employment and economic growth.

Ron Desantis Disney