Disney CEO apologizes for not speaking against parental rights bill, will pause political donations to Florida

Disney CEO Bob Chapek proved Friday that fealty to the woke mob is never absolute enough with his panned apology to LGBTQ employees over his response to Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education bill.

Chapek distributed a company-wide email Friday afternoon that was specifically directed at Disney’s “LGBTQ+ community” regarding their “pain, frustration and sadness over the company’s response to the Florida ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.”

In the apology, Chapek seeks forgiveness for failing to “understand how painful [Disney’s] silence was” on the Florida legislation, and assures his employees that he will use Disney’s influence throughout the nation to “combat similar legislation.”

“We are hard at work creating a new framework for our political giving that will ensure our advocacy better reflects our values,” Chapek wrote before declaring a stop to all political donations in Florida.

“I truly believe we are an infinitely better and stronger company because of our LBGTQ+ community,” Chapek went on. “I missed the mark in this case but am an ally you can count on – and I will be an outspoken champion for the protections, visibility, and opportunity you deserve.”

Chapek publicly admonishing himself and the actions of the company fell short of acceptability as many signaled it was too little too late, or too middling a response where only a hard-line demarcation of opposition would suffice.

“This is a CYA for Chapek,” one Disney staffer told Variety. “We should have gotten this apology on March 1, not weeks after – and after this bill has passed in Florida.”

“I’m done with memos promising action,” another said. “Also now he’s no longer donating money to good politicians in Florida?” Others were quick to point out the suspension of all political funding as a detriment to their goals as well.

Chapek’s inability to take a firm stance positively, negatively or neutrally on the matter until recently also dredged up concerns from Pixar employees who have accused Disney of preventing them from injecting their preferred content into their animated features.

“We at Pixar have personally witnessed beautiful stories, full of diverse characters, come back from Disney corporate reviews shaved down to crumbs of what they once were,” a letter from Pixar staff said before adding they “are being barred from creating” what they would consider “inspiring content.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was quick to call out Disney from the other side of the argument as he inquired why a company that has “made a fortune off being family-friendly” would have a problem with a bill that wants to keep education age-appropriate.

“So, if you’re family friendly, understand that parents who are actually raising families want to have their rights respected,” DeSantis said before excoriating Disney for their connections with the Chinese Communist Party.

Christina Pushaw, DeSantis’ spokeswoman, took time to remind those in the public demanding action from Disney that it isn’t up to corporations to dictate how duly elected officials govern, further isolating Chapek and his ilk in his attempt to acquiesce to all parties.



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