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Disney CEO Bob Chapek said the company is not a place for politics.

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The Walt Disney Company has had a really tumultuous year. For the duration of 2022, controversy has appeared to swirl toward all elements of the corporation, beginning with the extremely harsh comments to how the company handles its response to Florida’s hotly controversial Parental Rights Bill.

Initially, Disney chose to keep silent about the measure. This answer, or lack thereof, was unsatisfying to many since it lacked actual autonomy. Many others believed Disney should stay out of the matter entirely, but given that the business made political contributions to multiple backers of the law, Disney had already taken a position.

Eventually, Disney and Chapek spoke out against the law, even giving millions of dollars to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which was turned down. When walkouts were organized across the firm in protest of Florida’s law, Disney found itself even deeper in a PR crisis.

Things have gotten so bad between Florida and The Walt Disney Company that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has threatened to abolish Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District, a special decree that basically allows Disney to function as its own kind of government.

DeSantis and other officials united against the firm in an attempt to counteract Disney’s political intervention. While Disney has definitely taken sides in the past, there has never been a period when the company found itself in the center of a political debate, let alone one this heated. The status of Disney’s Reedy Creek is currently unknown.

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Remember, all of these events occurred in the previous several months, making 2022 one of the most turbulent years in Disney Company history. However, Disney may reconsider how political it will become in the future.

According to Hollywood screenwriter Kamran Pasha, Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, spoke with Kareem Daniel (Chairperson of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution) in front of an audience on Thursday at El Capitan Theatre.

A lot was addressed throughout the conference, including Park and leadership plans, as well as the present state of Disney. Specifically, Chapek discussed politics inside The Walt Disney Company and Parks. Surprisingly, Bob Chapek stated publicly for the first time that The Walt Disney Company will strive to leave politics and ideology in the future.

Specifically, Chapek said:

“When people come to a Disney park they don’t walk in with their political views on their sleeves. People don’t come to Disney to get political points of view, either from the left or the right. Disney is a source of positivity in the world, no matter your sex, race, or politics. That’s a core focus for me.

We’re not sure what this implies, but it stands in stark contrast to how the firm has performed in recent months. It is crucial to note that Disney is now involved in a project that encourages diversity and representation in all of its Parks and films, which some fans may perceive as political in nature. However, for the majority of people, the promise of greater inclusion and diversity is really appealing, and we can’t wait to see more of it in Disney Parks, movies, music, and television.

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