Newly returned Disney CEO Bob Iger took to the stage today at the Disney Town Hall to share that while Disney would stay out of politics, it would not backtrack on its efforts to be inclusive.
The last week has been a whirlwind for the Disney community. The controversial former Disney CEO Bob Chapek was ousted from his position and his predecessor Bob Iger came back to take his place. The week saw a significant reorganization of the Walt Disney Company leadership, with Chapek’s top ally and his speechwriter also leaving the Mouse House.
Last week, Bob Iger invited Disney employees and Cast Members to join him for a Town Hall meeting where he would address the future of the Walt Disney Company. During this meeting, Iger commented on various topics, including his stance on the “Don’t Say Gay” bill or the Parental Rights in Education Act in Florida.
As Iger addressed these more touchy topics, the subject of Disney’s involvement in politics, on the whole, came up, as well.
When addressing “Don’t Say Gay,” Iger had said
“We’re not going to make people happy all the time, and not lessen our values to make everyone happy all the time. It’s a balance. We do what we think is right.”
After this, when asked if Disney will “continue” to be involved in politics, Iger responded that many confused what politics is. “There’s a missed idea of what politics is. I don’t think when you’re telling stories and trying to be a good citizen of the world, that’s politics. It’s not. I’m going to try quiet things down, but all subjects shouldn’t be political.”
Iger’s stance on this sends a clear message to Cast Members and the Disney community alike that Disney will not stop creating stories that push boundaries. It does also suggest, though, that the company may stop being so outspoken about the boundaries they push. They are also unlikely to get into any more wars with governors or any other politicians.
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