Disney CEO Comments On Company’s Lack Of Response To Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill
Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company,
Clarified the multinational corporation and media conglomerate’s position on the controversy. “Don’t Say Gay” bill that recently passed the Florida Senate and House of Representatives. Disney’s statement came after weeks of scrutiny and criticism for the company’s silence on the nose. While continuing to donate money to elected state officials who support it.
“I want to be very clear: the entire leadership team and I support our LGBTQ employees. Their families, and their communities unconditionally. And we’re committed to building a more inclusive company. And the world,” Capek wrote in a Staff Memo (via Hollywood Reporter). “We all share the same goal – to make the world more tolerant and respectful. We may differ in tactics to achieve this goal. companies to achieve sustainable change through the inspiring content we produce. The welcoming culture we create, and the diverse community organizations we support.” The Parental Rights in Education Bill will ban LGBTQ-focused curriculum in some Florida classrooms. Limiting what classes can teach about sexual orientation and gender identity.
Chapek reportedly told employees. “I don’t want anyone to mistake a lack of statement for lack of support… corporate statements have minimal effect on results or views. Simply put, they can be counterproductive and undermine more effective ways to achieve change.” However, not all Disney employees think so. An NPR The report collects many quotes from actors, animators, and directors. Who has worked on Disney franchises calling for strong condemnation of the bill? For example, Dana Terrace, creator of The Owl House’s animated series, announced the upcoming charity live broadcast with a tweet saying. She was “fucking tired of making Disney look good.”
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That Disney had donated $197,126 to politicians supporting the new bill over the past two years. The publication also notes that former Disney CEO Bob Iger was quick to threaten. Georgia with a boycott when an anti-LGBTQ account was proposed in that state in 2016. Hollywood Reporter quoted an unnamed source familiar with both Iger and Czapek’s management style and mindset. And suggested that the latter was concerned that Disney “might be seen as too liberal.”
Rethink tomorrow’s Summit in April.
The initiative is “Disney’s way of amplifying underrepresented voices and untold stories. And championing the importance of accurate representation in media and entertainment.” The CEO said he would discuss the matter at a meeting with the company.