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 comes as no surprise that former drug pusher, comedian, and TV shitcom actor Tim Allen’ (Home Improvement) is a Trump supporter, Biden Hunter conspiracy theorist and GOP shill. He has no problem with sharing incendiary posts and his recent past is well documented on social media. So how could wonderful #LGBTQ supportive DISNEY recast him in the updated Santa Clause series on Disney+
*In a tweet sent yesterday (and still up today on TWITTER despite 1000’s of reports), Allen wrote, “Took some kids to Disneyland and overheard a 13 year old boy wondering if he may be pansexual since he loves skillets.
Really Disney+ THIS is your Santa Clause, making fun of LGBTQ kids and you’ll probably do nothing about. ( As will the Human Right’s Campaign, The Task Force or GLAAD. Disney is a donation cash cow for them. )
Our only hope is that it’s a looooooong road between now and when that series does debut and hopefully Allen will finally hangs himself with his “gems” Because you know Allen is going to be dropping mores as he run ‘s the press gauntlet for The Santa Clause.
The thing is that Allen’s “behaviors” have been and are well known by everyone. Even Disney. So they have no excuse there. So why did they rehire him to play Santa Clause in a show geared to children?
“After three months in this new role, it has become clear to me that for a number of reasons it is not the right fit,” Morrell said in a letter to his team that CNBC has obtained. “After talking this over with [Disney CEO] Bob [Chapek], I have decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities.
Disney is claims that it was Morrell who guided Disney and CEO Bob Chapek to publicly explain why it hadn’t taken a public stand on Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” legislation.
Morrell (a former BP executive) will be replaced by former President Biden appointee Kristina Schake who was hired earlier this month and will lead Disney’s communications efforts, reporting directly to Chapek. Schake will have “oversight for corporate and segment communications and continue to be our chief spokesperson,” Chapek said in a note to Disney staff.
What we do know is that Disney has a long way to go to make amends to the LGBT community because the passage and signing into law of Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Bill emboldened the GOP and the is just the start of a war against what rights we have been able to gain so far.
*REMINDER: Disney played both sides against the middle. The entire time the “Don’t Say Gay” law worked it’s way through Florida’s congress Disney’s CEO purposely did not involve the company despite the fact they call themselves “strong allies” to the LGBT community. When that was found out Disney encountered enormous pushback it was then. And only then did Disney come out against the law and now the Q/right wing is pushing back also.
Via Orlando’s ABC News affiliate:
“People came out Saturday to rally against Disney near one of the park’s entrances. Protesters said they are not happy with the company’s so-called political agenda. Channel 9 saw protesters holding signs calling Disney “groomers” and asking them to revoke Disney’s autonomy. The governor signed the controversial bill more than two weeks ago. It bans schools from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. Disney has slammed it, saying it never should have passed and it’s the company’s goal to help repeal the law.
Remember: Disney IS NOT innocent. For such a staunch LGBT “ally” they had no problem throwing us under the bus when they felt it would be to their benefit.
“Weeks before The Walt Disney Co. took a stand against Florida’s contentious “Parental Rights in Education” law — which has been called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by its critics — the theme park operator and entertainment conglomerate donated $190,000 to support Florida Republicans. The company gave $125,000 to the Republican Party of Florida and $65,000 to a committee that helps elect GOP state senators, led by incoming state Senate President Kathleen Passidomo. All the donations, which were disclosed in new campaign filings Monday, arrived as the state legislative session was getting underway in January.
BACKSTORY: While Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law was working its way through the Florida senate,Disney CEO Bob Chapek decided that even though Disney calls itself a “ally” of the LGBT community the entertainment giant would not speak out against it and were caught having donated to the Republican politicians responsible for the hateful and extremely harmful law. Which have raised calls of boycotting Disney from the LGBT community. After the law was passed and after much pressure from millions of American’s Disney finally came out against “Don’t Say Gay” but it was too little, too late and signed into law. It was at this point that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis attacked Disney and now the entire GOP Q CON-servative right wing is also boycotting Disney.
Boycotts on the left. Boycotts on the right. This is what happens when you play both sides against the middle with peoples rights.
The video’s below are from last nights protest.
BREAKING: Protester in front of the Disney HQ in Burbank CA saying “The Walt Disney Company are filled with Pedophiles”
A challenge has been filed in federal court in Tallahassee by the National Center for Lesbian Rights on behalf of Equality Florida and Family Equality alleges that Florida’s newly signed “Don’t Say Gay” law violates the First Amendment and other provisions of the U.S. Constitution.
A statement announcing the lawsuit says the law deliberately employs broad terms and invites arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement, empowering parents to be roving censors who can sue school boards for damages based on any perceived violation. The filing seeks to block the law from taking effect and also names Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and other education officials as defendants.
Andrew Spar, president of the Florida Education Association union, said the law is a politically motivated weapon against the LGBT community because elementary schools, especially in kindergarten through third grade, do not teach about these subjects and have state curriculum standards guiding classroom lessons.
DeSantis and other Republicans have repeatedly described the rules as reasonable, saying children should learn about sexual orientation and gender identity from their parents, not in schools.
“We will make sure that parents can send their kids to school to get an education, not an indoctrination,” the governor said when he signed it into law this week.
Working with One Magical Weekend (They Gay Days Circuit Party around Disney, ) The KindRED Pride Foundation which wanted to expand on the traditional Gay Days and ask that all LGBTQ visitors wear RED t-shirts to identify each other are BOTH going ahead with this years Gay Day’s and sending out emails telling attendees to ignore all calls for boycott despite the fact that the Walt Disney Company threw the states LGBTQ kids under the bus and helped set gay rights back more than 30 years in Florida.\
BOTH groups should be utterly embarrassed and ashamed to be holding such an event after Disney turned it’s back on our community. But it seems greed trumps civil rights to the money hungry vapid queens who run Gay Days and those gays who have too much money, have no empathy, and no respect for others or themselves.
“With some workers across the U.S. threatening a walkout Tuesday, The Walt Disney Co. finds itself in a balancing act between the expectations of a diverse workforce and demands from an increasingly polarized, politicized marketplace. One of the organizers of the walkout, a New York-based employee, said they were expecting participation by workers with the “privilege” to be able to protest to stand up for those who can’t, the employee said. Workers participating in the walkout plan to meet up with each other at locations in Orlando, New York City, Anaheim and Burbank, California, where the company is headquartered. Union leaders said contracts prohibits work stoppages or disruptions. “I don’t want to downplay anyone’s efforts, if someone feels what they are doing is the right way to make an impact,” said Eric Clinton, president of Unite Here! Local 362, which represents Disney World theme park workers.”
National Geographic agrees.
And Disney who who dropped the ball and turned their back on the LGBT community and knowing of the walkout had the nerve to post this this morning.
Disney Parks issued a statement this morning in support of LGBTQIA+ communities:
“We oppose any legislation that infringes on basic human rights, and stand in solidarity and support our LGBTQIA+ cast, crew, guests and fans who make their voices heard today and every day. pic.twitter.com/XrW1C7oagr
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.