Returning CEO Bob Iger Cements Disney's Stance on LGBTQ+ Inclusion With Confidence & 'No Hesitation'

Returning CEO Bob Iger Cements Disney's Stance on LGBTQ+ Inclusion With Confidence & 'No Hesitation'

Bob Iger held his first town hall for Disney employees on Monday morning (November 28) after returning as The Walt Disney Company’s CEO the week before.

The former CEO returned to his post for the next two years, after his successor Bob Chapek was shockingly ousted.

During his address to employees, the executive spoke on many topics, including the company’s stance on LGBTQ+ inclusion, especially following Chapek‘s delayed and controversial response to the “Don’t Say Gay” bill earlier this year.

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According to Disney employee Ryan Aguirre, Bob Iger said, “One of the core values of our storytelling is inclusion, and acceptance and tolerance. And we can’t lose that, we just can’t lose that… How we actually change the world through the good must continue.”

“We’re not going to make everyone happy all the time, and we’re not gonna try to. We’re certainly not going to lessen our core values in order to make everyone happy all the time,” Bob said. “At one point I said ‘We do what we believe is right,’ and someone criticized me say ‘Well who are you to say what is right?’ Well, when you’re in a job like mine where you are responsible for the storytelling that many of you are responsible for you get paid to have a sense for what is right. Not everyone will agree with you, that’s just not the way the world is these days, but it doesn’t mean you should stop trying to do the right thing.”

It has been noted that Bob Iger‘s response was from a Q&A section with employees, and he responded with confidence and no hesitation.

Following a lot of backlash from fans and employees alike, Chapek denounced the controversial Florida “Don’t Say Gay” bill and announced a $5 million donation to multiple organizations, with the largest, Human Rights Campaign, initially denying the donation until proven actions were taken. They accepted it in September, six months later.

While Chapek‘s initial statement was not directly speaking against the bill, Iger tweeted his opposition to it.

“I’m with the President on this! If passed, this bill will put vulnerable, young LGBTQ people in jeopardy,” he shared on Twitter, quoting a tweet from President Joe Biden.

Bob Chapek then admitted he “missed the mark” on the response to the bill.

Just recently, Disney’s new movie Strange World features an openly gay, biracial teen character.

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