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Disney CEO Bob Chapek Apologizes for Don’t Say Gay Bill Stance

Disney CEO Bob Chapek smiles.

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After a public outcry over Disney’s dealing with of Florida’s “Don’t Say Homosexual” invoice, Disney CEO Bob Chapek has despatched out an inside e-mail to the corporate, admitting he “missed the mark” and that additional motion is being taken.

“It’s clear that this isn’t simply a problem a couple of invoice in Florida, however as a substitute one more problem to primary human rights,” Chapek elaborated within the inside companywide e-mail, which was shared on Selection. “You wanted me to be a stronger ally within the battle for equal rights and I allow you to down. I’m sorry.”

Now Disney has halted any political donations in Florida regardless of occasion and are working to fight laws that threaten human rights at giant.

Courageous staff and inventive giants who’ve labored on the Walt Disney Firm have decried the silence and little-too-late actions talked about within the shareholders’ name earlier within the week. A $5 million donation to the Human Rights Marketing campaign was rejected till “significant motion is taken,” in response to the interim president of the HRC Joni Madison, as reported by Deadline.

Within the letter shared by Selection, Chapek wrote:

To my fellow colleagues, however particularly our LGBTQ+ group,

Thanks to all who’ve reached out to me sharing your ache, frustration and disappointment over the corporate’s response to the Florida “Don’t Say Homosexual” invoice. Talking to you, studying your messages, and assembly with you will have helped me higher perceive how painful our silence was. It’s clear that this isn’t simply a problem a couple of invoice in Florida, however as a substitute one more problem to primary human rights. You wanted me to be a stronger ally within the battle for equal rights and I allow you to down. I’m sorry.

Our staff see the facility of this nice firm as a possibility to do good. I agree. Sure, we have to use our affect to advertise that good by telling inclusive tales, but in addition by standing up for the rights of all.

Beginning instantly, we’re growing our help for advocacy teams to fight comparable laws in different states. We’re exhausting at work creating a brand new framework for our political giving that may guarantee our advocacy higher displays our values. And as we speak, we’re pausing all political donations within the state of Florida pending this overview. However, I do know there may be a lot extra work to be performed. I’m dedicated to this work and to you all, and can proceed to have interaction with the LGBTQ+ group in order that I can turn into a greater ally. You’ll hear extra about our progress within the coming weeks.

I really consider we’re an infinitely higher and stronger firm due to our LGBTQ+ group. I missed the mark on this case however am an ally you’ll be able to depend on—and I will likely be an outspoken champion for the protections, visibility, and alternative you deserve.

Bob

io9 has reached out to Disney for additional remark concerning the e-mail, however the firm didn’t reply by time of publication. We’ll replace this text when or if we hear again.

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