Disney CEO Bob Chapek is one very sorry Disney employee. The business leader of the House of Mouse didn’t fight hard enough for little kids to receive twisted LGBTQ propaganda in Florida public schools and is now facing the wrath of the woke mob.
Sucks to be that guy. But it’s hard for us to feel bad for him now that he regrets not defeating Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education Act,” a bill intent on protecting Kindergarteners through third graders from lessons on “sexual orientation or gender identity.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chapek is apologizing profusely for not being a “stronger ally in the fight for equal rights” for LGBTQ people. The CEO is feeling guilty for the markedly less activist stance he had his company take against the bill when it first hit the news cycle.
Chapek had initially made the call the company would not release a statement condemning the bill – which the left has dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” – and on Monday March 7 explained that they decided to refrain in order to keep the political temperature down.
“As we have seen time and again, corporate statements do very little to change outcomes or minds,” Chapek said. “Instead, they are often weaponized by one side or the other to further divide and inflame.”
Well, that was refreshing at the time. Usually anytime a controversial conservative law is passed in the country, Disney will rail against it. Disney condemned Georgia’s pro-life “Heartbeat Bill” in 2019 and threatened to pull its production studios out of the state over it. For Chapek to urge restraint was practically miraculous.
However as the week went on, more lefties cried out to heaven that there wasn’t enough being done to stop the Florida Bill. Hearing news that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) would sign it into law if it passed the state legislature (which it did), Chapek got nervous and changed his tune.
During an annual Disney shareholder’s meeting, Chapek admitted that the company’s initial hands-off approach to the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” was “unsuccessful” and that he had arranged a last ditch meeting with DeSantis to discuss the bill.
Chapek told shareholders that DeSantis “agreed to meet with me and LGBTQ+ members of our senior team in Florida to discuss” their concerns.
However, the latest news is that Chapek has admitted defeat over the bill. In a memo sent out to Disney employees, Chapek apologized for failing to be “stronger” against the bill.
“Speaking to you, reading your messages, and meeting with you have helped me better understand how painful our silence was,” he said. “You needed me to be a stronger ally in the fight for equal rights and I let you down. I am sorry.”
Aww, poor guy. Although, the CEO mentioned that in order to make up for his blunder, he would be terminating all Disney donations to politicians in the Sunshine State.
“And today, we are pausing all political donations in the state of Florida pending this review," Chapek added.
Well, who would want to accept money from a company looking to expose little kids to gender confusion anyways? Good riddance.