Disney CEO Bob Chapek Issues Company-Wide Apology for Lack of Action and Advocacy on “Don’t Say Gay Bill”

    Disney CEO Bob Chapek has been under fire, both internally and externally, for his lack of actionable stance on the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” that has been approved by the Florida Legislator. Today, Chapek issued a company-wide email to employees apologizing

    To my fellow colleagues, but especially our LGBTQ+ community,

    Thank you to all who have reached out to me sharing your pain, frustration and sadness over the company’s response to the Florida “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

    Speaking to you, reading your messages, and meeting with you have helped me better understand how painful our silence was. 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.

    Our employees see the power of this great company as an opportunity to do good. I agree. Yes, we need to use our influence to promote that good by telling inclusive stories, but also by standing up for the rights of all.

    Starting immediately, we are increasing our support for advocacy groups to combat similar legislation in other states. We are hard at work creating a new framework for our political giving that will ensure our advocacy better reflects our values. And today, we are pausing all political donations in the state of Florida pending this review. But, I know there is so much more work to be done. 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. You will hear more about our progress in the coming weeks.

    I truly believe we are an infinitely better and stronger company because of our LGBTQ+ community. 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.
    Bob Chapek, Disney CEO

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    1. He was damned if you do, damned if you don’t. If he just kept his mouth shut he might have been okay. Now he’s got pissed off customers and pissed off employees. Pretty much shows that he’s not fit to lead the company.

    2. Clearly Chapek lacked the moral fortitude to oppose the legislation from it’s beginning. He apparently played both sides by remaining silent when he should have spoken and by apologizing when it was too late to speak.

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