A quick look on social media would reveal that many onlookers expected Disney to diminish its overt sociopolitical agendas. However, recent statements from returning CEO Bob Iger will most likely leave the frustrated hopeful disappointed.
On December 6, Iger appeared with former President Barack Obama to speak in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting.
“As a grandfather, as a father, as CEO of The Walt Disney Company, I believe there is no greater or more important task than ensuring the safety and well-being of our children,” Iger said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Those of us who are in positions to affect change, whether it’s by influencing laws of shaping culture or supporting organizations on the frontlines, I think we have an extra responsibility,” he added.
This past year, The Walt Disney Company has faced massive criticism for its insistence on pushing social agendas, including those supposedly in line with its initiatives towards “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” which overtly changed aspects of its Parks and film divisions. Negative results have included a massive drop in stock price, terrible performances at the box office, and the possible loss of the Reedy Creek Improvement District in Central Florida.
However, it is unclear just how the Disney CEO’s comments will expand beyond this issue of preventing school shootings and continue Bob Chapek’s fight regarding gender identity and sexual orientation that included the fight with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the rest of the lawmakers in Tallahassee.
Reassuming the role of CEO just before Thanksgiving, Iger will retain the position, at this time, until the end of 2024. Only time will tell just how things will change at Disney, including how overtly political they will continue to be.
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