Jimmy Kimmel says he thinks of a toilet seat with a “swastika carved into it” when he reads about the Sunshine State.
The liberal activist/comedian’s insults followed the signing of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ “Big Tech Bill” on Monday.
“In other government weasel news, governor Ron DeSantis of Florida signed a new law that would fine social media companies if they remove anyone who’s running for office in his state,” the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host said Tuesday. “According to this law, which they know won’t hold up, banning a candidate from your platform would result in fines of up to $250,000 a day.”
Florida’s measure came in response to what Mr. DeSantis calls “Orwellian” efforts by Silicon Valley giants to censor anyone who forcefully counters liberal orthodoxy.
SB 7072 requires social media platforms to “be transparent about their content moderation practices and give users proper notice of changes to those policies, which prevents Big Tech bureaucrats from ‘moving the goalposts’ to silence viewpoints they don’t like.”
Mr. Kimmel, however, framed the law as an attempt to protect former President Trump.
“I wonder who lives in Florida and is banned from Twitter who may have had a tiny hand in this,” the ABC comedian asked. “Can you think of anyone? … You know how when you go on a road trip, and you have to stop to pee at some, like, sketchy gas station in the middle of nowhere, and the toilet seat has a swastika carved into it for some reason? And you think, ‘Why would anyone want to even touch, to carve anything into a toilet seat? Let alone something horrible like a swastika?’ Anyway, Florida is that toilet seat.”
Mr. DeSantis has insisted that Big Tech censorship is about far more than Twitter, Facebook or other platforms banning Mr. Trump.
“We took action to ensure that ‘We the People’ — real Floridians across the Sunshine State — are guaranteed protection against the Silicon Valley elites,” the governor said in a recent statement. “If Big Tech censors enforce rules inconsistently, to discriminate in favor of the dominant Silicon Valley ideology, they will now be held accountable.”