Cravalho, who came out as bisexual on TikTok in 2020, told IndieWire that the company should be doing more to combat the legislation, she said.
“Representation is important. And I truly believe that putting your money where your mouth is important as well. And to speak directly about the Disney of it all, to have the individuals stand up against a corporation is what needed to happen, unfortunately.”
It’s not the first time that Cravalho has urged Disney to speak out against the legislation. Marvel Studios executive Victoria Alonso recently called on Disney to show “courage” and fight the bill. Cravalho added that it is vital to remember that simply having representation isn’t enough.
“We know that representation is important, [but] real life is bills and laws being pushed forward by lawmakers that are directly funded by corporations. It’s important that they be on the right side of history and listen. Instead of trying to play the safe role and take a step back, take a step forward. Step up. Step up and say what’s right and what’s wrong. And say ‘gay’ for god’s sakes, people are gay. People are gay. If you didn’t know by now, now you know.”
Cravalho isn’t afraid to take a stand against authority, like her real-life counterpart. She recognizes that she has an opportunity in life because of her race and gender, and she’s chosen not to waste it. However, she understands that a firm like Disney might have “the most influence right now” and may be essential in bringing about
“Films are meant to be fun and they’re also meant to tell a story. But when real life is being affected so negatively, it is important that the corporations behind the films that have the power, that have the money, truly help the communities. Because I am bisexual, and there are only words that I can speak in support of trans lives and people of color. And I can put my money where my mouth is as well, but corporations truly have the most impact right now.”
Whatever Cravalho has to say, time will tell if Disney heeds her advice. Carvalho will next be seen in Hulu’s queer teen romance comedy film Crush, which is scheduled to premiere on April 29.
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