On June 27 Disney’s board unanimously voted to extend CEO Bob Chapek’s contract by another three years until 2025. “The board has full confidence in him and his leadership team,” Disney’s board announced on Wednesday. (Despite the fact that he/they helped set gay rights back in Florida 40 years.
For those of you who aren’t in the know Disney’s CEO Bob Chapek and Disney remained silent during the weeks and months leading up to the passage of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Law. Disney and Chapek would not take a public stance on the bill that harkens back to the era of Anita Bryant when homophobia and hate ran rampant in Florida. And to make matters worse, it was discovered that Disney had also donated to many of the Florida Republican politicians responsible for the heinous law. “Bob is the right leader at the right time for The Walt Disney Company, and the board has full confidence in him and his leadership team,” board chair Susan Arnold said of the vote.
Some hypothesized that Chapek gets to remain simply because there’s no immediate alternative while a lengthy hunt would also hurt the company. Others think it’s because of metrics like subscriptions and park attendance are likely superseding everything else. And that is what’s pushing Disney to extend his contract despite the massive harm caused to and blowback from the LGBT community.
Where’s Mary Poppin’s when you fucking need her?
You can read a recap of Disney’s Don’t Say Gay Debacle at the following links.
It’s been a long hard week for the LGBT community, Disney CEO Bob Chapek and the The Walt Disney Company itself as it faced major backlash from not only all over the country but the world after Disney’s abandonment of LGBT American’s. Not only was Disney was caught making donations to rabidly anti-LGBT Republican Florida Senators but also the company which has claimed a strong allyship to the LGBT community DID NOT SPEAK OUT and remained purposely silent as the states “Don’t Say Gay Bill” passed both chambers and sits on DeSantis’ desk, waiting to be signed and sends LGBT rights back in Florida over 40 years to the time of Anita Bryant and the “Save The Children Campaign”.
So what does Disney CEO Bob Chapek have to say? “He’s sorry:”
“It is clear that this is not just an issue about a bill in Florida, but instead yet another challenge to basic human rights. You needed me to be a stronger ally in the fight for equal rights and I let you down. I am sorry,” Chapek said in the letter, which was published on Disney’s website.
“We are hard at work creating a new framework for our political giving that will ensure our advocacy better reflects our values. I am committed to this work and to you all, and will continue to engage with the LGBTQ+ community so that I can become a better ally,” he added. “You will hear more about our progress in the coming weeks.”
Quite simply: Apology not accepted and Bob Chapek MUST RESIGN.
Chapek’s inaction and obvious games trying to play both sides for maximum return not only blew up in Disney’s face but also harms harms thousands of thousands of LGBT American’s if not more . Other ed states are now planning the same such bills now that it passed easily in Florida thanks to Disney’s non-interference. And make no mistake that if Disney and Chapek would have taken a strong stance against the DSGB it would have never passed.
Disney has harmed the very people that for decades it has claimed to have supported. Disney and Chapek must think that a few Gay Days and some rainbow mouse ears is all it takes to be an LGBT ally.
Bob Chapek MUST RESIGN as CEO of Disney immediately.
Well another day, and another strange day of twists and turns for Bob Capek and the Walt DisneyCorporation as it tries to backpaddle and minimize damage after its decision NOT to get involved against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay Bill”.
Tuesday: Pushback from LGBT activists and allies across thecountry 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 thatthat 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 lawand that a meeting with Chapek and concerned Disney employee’s.
Wednesday Night: DeSantis’ offices confirm Chapek’s call but denied any upcoming meeting.
UPDATE: Full response from DeSantis.
His staff says no meeting has been schedule with Disney and that “Florida parents who take their kids to Disney” should support the bill because they don’t want their kids exposed to “inappropriate content about sex and gender theory” pic.twitter.com/28dVKFTFEW