Disney CEO Reprimanded For Condemnation

Disney CEO Bob Chapek has been facing reprimand for refusing to publicly condemn Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

While the memo written to staff states, “The entire leadership team and I unequivocally stand in support of our LGBTQ+ employees, their families, and their communities”, Chapek cites his lack of condemnation as being because “…corporate statements do very little to change outcomes or minds. Instead, one side is often weaponized to divide further and inflame. Simply put, they can be counterproductive and undermine more effective ways to achieve change.”

Further in the memo, Chapek mentions that he feels Disney would be more helpful by continuing to make inclusive content–like “Encanto, Black Panther, Pose, Reservation Dogs, Coco, Soul, Modern Family, Shang-Chi, Summer of Soul, Love, Victor”–rather than by releasing statements that only work to polarize further.

Seemingly, a better discussion will be held next month–“We are going to have a more fulsome conversation about this at the company-wide Reimagine Tomorrow Summit in April….”