Disney CEO Bob Chapek says he's a changed man. Just two weeks ago, in a March 7 memo to Disney staff, Chapek defended the company's decision to remain publicly silent about Florida's "Don't Say Gay" legislation. Chapek said he was concerned any statement about the legislation, which prohibits classroom discussion of "sexual orientation or gender identity" through the third grade, would be "weaponized" by opponents of LGBTQ rights and "counterproductive."
So Tennessee thinks forcing someone to pray to another persons god is the same as being lgbtq? Leave it to conservatives to project their insecurities into society.
You could have let this story go when it was picked up by the big outlets. Instead, you are continuing to follow it highlight Disney's lack of action. (The hammer...Disney Silent - highly effective sub-titles!!). Your reporting is making a difference and with the combined force of Disney employees I hope to see big outlets pick it up again and pressure mount on Disney to use it's influence and counteract these pieces of legislation.
Thank you, Judd, for being so persistent. We all know that corporations are sleazebags, mostly, with ONLY PROFIT affecting their decisions. Indeed, there are laws (which ones?) that state that corprorate heads MUST maximise profits for shareholders over all other considerations. It's THOSE LAWS we must attack if we are to save the planet. Really.
Looks like Disney’s been engaging in a delicate balancing act for years and now that the line has moved further to the right they’re being exposed. You can’t keep in step with these proto-fascists and expect the public to say nothing, and thankfully we have sources like Popular Information keeping track.
Disney not different than other corporations, except for attempting to "make up". Apple who is building a billon dollar campus in Austin Texas remains silent. Google, Microsoft, Tesla, HP and other tech companies, too. Large scale exodus of tech companies from California to extremist Texas. Profit over people, the American way.
Seems that these certain Bible belt states are not gonna give up easily on their leadership role in having the most drug addicts, teen pregnancies, and divorces.
Keep them dumb and keep them in line that’s their main goal.
First, I’m just so sick of all this crap. Second, you are a dog with a bone, a reporter with facts, and it’s why I’m here. Third, I subscribe to Puck and have read Matt Belloni for years. He recently cited you in one of his newsletters, btw. His take on Chapek/Disney is that Chapek survives now, but they’ll separate instead of renewing his contract when it’s up in February. As you noted, Iger previously hinted about opposing this kind of legislation, and even though retired he retains a lot of influence and isn’t a fan of Chapek. Your latest piece may be enough to blow all of this up.
Thank you for keeping us informed, no one else researches and publicizes this information.
Great job. I will never understand why we put up with the, "oops we goofed" response to political contribution screw ups. Political contributions can be neutralized. 5 million to organizations supporting LGBTQ rights is excellent. Now give the Florida Democratic Party another 5 million--or just the $300,000 they gave Republicans. Then go into every state identified by you in this article and give a huge contribution to the state Democratic Parties. These agendas are running rampant through Republican states, including my own. Empower the Democratic parties in those states; take a political stand.