In the Annual Shareholder meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger took a very firm stance in defending The Walt Disney Company against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Iger said that he feels like DeSantis is “retaliating against us” in the moves that he is making. Iger said that The Walt Disney Company has a first amendment right just like any individual. He noted that while the Company may not have delivered its stance against the “Don’t Say Gay” bill well, but that it has a right to make such a statement.
A year ago, the Company took a position against pending Florida legislation. And while the Company may not have handled the position that they took very well, a Company has a right to freedom of speech just like individuals do. Obviously, in taking the position [Ron DeSantis] got very angry aginst the position that Disney took and it seems like he has decided to retaliate against us, including the naming of a new board to oversee the property of the business. In effect, to seek to punish a company for its exercise of a constitutional right, and that just seems really wrong to me – against any company or individual, but especially agianst a company that means so much to the state that you live in.
The strong statement from Iger against DeSantis comes as the Governor has ordered an investigation into Disney World’s previous agreement with the Reedy Creek Improvement District.
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