June 5, 2023
Disney CEO hits back at accusations the company has become 'too woke'

Disney CEO hits back at accusations the company has become ‘too woke’

Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek has responded to growing criticism that the company’s media and entertainment conglomerate has gone too far in being politically correct.

When asked if Disney had become “too wide awake,” Chapek said the company would reflect the “rich and diverse world we live in.”

Disney received a lot of heat from conservatives and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis after the company asked the Florida Legislature in a tweet to repeal the anti-LGBTQ+ “Parental Rights in Education” bill. “, aka “Don’t Say Gay”.

The animation industry leader has also faced backlash for restoring a previously deleted gay kiss scene in the film. Light year and for casting a black actress as Ariel in the upcoming live-action movie, The little Mermaid.

During Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal Tech Live conference, Chapek responded to accusations that Disney was “too awake”

“I think the more complex something is, the more you really need to dig into the basics. And we want our content to reflect the rich and diverse world we live in.

He continued:

“And, again, I guess that’s another way of saying, ‘Respond to your audience.’ But the world is a rich and diverse place and we want our content to reflect that.”

“And we’re so lucky to have the greatest content creators and they see it the same way.”

Chapek emphasized that inclusivity is something Disney will continue to strive for in its goal of bringing people together.

He used visiting Disney parks as an example to illustrate how this is already being done.

“I always say when someone walks down Main Street and looks at the castle, you don’t think, ‘I’m on one side of the political spectrum or the other.'”

“You have a common belief in all the wonderful aspects of what Disney is. I want to use Disney to bring people together, and I think we will with diverse stories and diverse characters.”

The public had a lot to say about accusations that Disney was “woke.”

The company was initially criticized by its employees and others in the entertainment industry, particularly for Chapek’s silence and reluctance to get involved politically before the passage of the ‘Don’ Bill. t Say Gay” which was finally approved by the legislature in March.

Upon reflection, the situation made Chapek realize that he needed to prioritize the needs of Disney employees with every decision.

“The passion of our cast’s reaction reminded us how important their feelings are on these issues to make them feel part of The Walt Disney Company,” he said.

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