John Oliver Slams Bob Chapek’s Response to “Don’t Say Gay Bill” – The Hollywood Reporter

John Oliver didn’t maintain again in his criticism of Disney CEO Bob Chapek and his response to LGBTQ hostile laws equivalent to Florida’s “Don’t Say Homosexual” invoice on Sunday’s episode of HBO’s Final Week Tonight. 

Oliver started the phase by remarking that it’s been a “bleak few weeks for the LGBTQ neighborhood” after which defined the intricacies of Florida’s invoice, concluding that “it’s not about intercourse in any respect it’s about denying the existence of homosexual folks.”

The host stated it was all of the extra “galling” given the monetary help the Republicans who voted for this invoice have had from company America, together with Disney and HBO’s “soon-to-be-ex enterprise daddy” AT&T. Oliver outlined that within the final two years Disney has donated practically $300,000 to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republicans backing the “Don’t Say Homosexual” invoice.

“Are they morally bankrupt for [donating the money]? Who’s to say? I’ll let you know, I’m. I’m to say. In any case, I’m Zazu,” he stated, in reference to his position in Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of The Lion King. 

Citing The Hollywood Reporter, Oliver then spoke concerning the response of Disney staff to the corporate’s silence concerning the invoice, including that after they came upon concerning the donations they had been “understandably outraged.” Describing Chapek as a “enterprise thumb”, Oliver excoriated the chief for his preliminary response to the controversy, the tasteless and nonsensical company assertion that alludes to the “various tales” the corporate produces which might be “extra highly effective than any tweet or lobbying effort.”

“That’s clearly nonsense,” Oliver stated.

Seemingly warming to the duty of documenting Chapek’s missteps, Oliver then performed tape from a Disney shareholder name through which the CEO stated, “once we donate cash to completely different political candidates we don’t know how they’re going to vote going ahead into the longer term.”

“That’s such bullshit, it’s actively insulting!” Oliver stated, earlier than reiterating that if you make political donations you “typically know what the recipient goes to do with it.” He added that Disney ought to have had an excellent thought what method a pol like Dennis Baxley would vote after they donated cash to him, as he was open about eradicating protections for LGBTQ staff and legalizing homosexual conversion remedy.

Concluding the phase with Chapek’s apology final Friday and Disney pausing all political donations in Florida pending a assessment, Oliver appeared dismissive concerning the CEO’s claims of being an ally. He added, “marginalized creators have made billions of {dollars} for Disney. Now, ought to it embarrass them that it took them till this week to appreciate that they shouldn’t take that cash and use it to actively undermine these creators’ pursuits? Who’s to say? I’ll let you know. I’m I’m Zazu bear in mind and whereas I haven’t been invited again for the prequel but after tonight I’ve obtained a reasonably good feeling about it.”

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