Disney CEO says firm 'stood our floor' towards assaults from Florida Gov. DeSantis – Inventive Loafing Tampa
Walt Disney Co. Chief Govt Officer Bob Chapek on Sunday defended his firm, which has been at odds with DeSantis over Florida’s “Parental Rights in Schooling” legislation, identified to critics because the “don’t say homosexual” invoice.
Throughout Disney’s D23 fan occasion on the Anaheim Conference Middle in California, Chapek additionally placed on an optimistic spin on the way forward for the Reedy Creek Enchancment District, which DeSantis and Republican lawmakers determined to dissolve after Disney opposed the training legislation. Reedy Creek was created within the Sixties within the Orlando space to permit Disney to deal with points from land use and wastewater companies to fireside safety and transportation.
Whereas DeSantis and Republican lawmakers accepted eliminating the district as of June 2023, additionally they left open the door to probably readdressing the problem through the 2023 legislative session.
“I feel our employees noticed how I stood agency through the final barrage of assaults from sure political constituencies and, frankly, I feel it was a lot stronger and for much longer and far more durable than they ever might have imagined and we stood our floor,” Chapek instructed the Hollywood Reporter. “So, I feel it’s protected to say that actions communicate louder than phrases, and so they noticed resiliency and consistency regardless of how robust the assaults.”
He additionally stated that whereas the corporate could be a “lightning rod for clicks and for political podium speeches,” it needed to rise above the model being “misappropriated or misused to attempt to match the wants of anybody specific group’s agenda.”