UPDATE: Disney's "Don't Say Gay" Debacle 3/10/22 - Clift's Notes

UPDATE: Disney’s “Don’t Say Gay” Debacle 3/10/22 – Clift’s Notes

Well another day, and another strange day of twists and turns for Bob Capek and the Walt Disney Corporation as it tries to backpaddle and minimize damage after its decision NOT to get involved against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay Bill”.

Our story so far:

Monday: Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Chapek on Monday sent a lengthy email to employees to address the concerns of LGBTQ+ staff over the company’s public silence on Florida’s harmful and homophobic “Don’t Say Gay Bill” stating it would “do very little to change outcomes or minds” and instead are “often weaponized by one side or the other to further divide and inflame ” and “Simply put, they can be counterproductive and undermine more effective ways to achieve change.” 

Tuesday: Pushback from LGBT activists and allies across the country pour into Chapek’s office and Disney Corporate.

Wednesday: At a shareholders meeting Walt Disney Company’s CEO Bob Chapek does a 360 turn and NOW says that he and Disney DOES oppose Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.  States that Disney is going to sign the Human Rights Campaign’s statement opposing anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and states that Disney had pledged $5 million to LGBTQ+ organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign. Chapek also states that that he called Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) earlier in the day and discussed the bill and to “express our disappointment and concern” that if the legislation becomes law and that a meeting with Chapek and concerned Disney employee’s.

Wednesday Night: DeSantis’ offices confirm Chapek’s call but denied any upcoming meeting.

Thursday: In what is probably the most shocking twist

And that’s all she wrote for now. I need a drink.

More updates coming!

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