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Watch Ron Perlman Slam Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Over ‘Don’t Say Gay’

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DeSantis signed the bill into law on Monday.


Actor Ron Perlman had some choice words for Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis over the recently signed 'don't say gay' bill.

Perlman posted a video calling out the governor on Monday after the governor approved the legislation. The video has been seen more than 1.2 million times as of Tuesday afternoon.

"Good morning, Governor DeSantis. Ron here," Perlman begins before calling DeSantis a "f****** Nazi pig."

The Hellboy, Transformers, and Nightmare Alley star said DeSantis should "read about" the first amendment before dealing with legislation blocking any type of speech.

He ends the video by calling DeSantis a "piece of s***."

Critics of the legislation have called it the "don't say gay" bill. The Florida governor has emphatically pushed back against the "don't say gay" label.

The bill is officially entitled "Parental Rights in Education," and sponsors during Florida's legislative session stressed the true focus is on leaving discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity to parents to broach for the first time. The bill states that "classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards."

In addition, another section of the legislation mandates that parents are informed about any changes with their children that could impact their mental, physical, or emotional health or well-being. This is regardless of whether school officials believe such disclosure could lead to abuse.

Many critics worry that, in addition to the explicit restrictions on lower grade levels, the vague "age-appropriate" language will create a chilling effect for educators in all grade levels, including when discussing these matters with children ready to come out as queer.

Last week, Perlman posted other videos calling out Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas over their questioning of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Watch Perlman comment on DeSantis below.

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