Disney CEO Bob Chapek has had a tough few months. In March, when Florida passed HB 1557, also known as the Don’t Say Gay bill, Chapek chose not to issue a public statement. “I don’t want anyone to mistake the lack of a statement of lack of support” for Disney LGBTQ + employees, he said later as an explanation. And yet this is exactly what happened.
The employees were rightly disappointed and outraged; they organized a series of coordinated protests, including a I’m going outand issues a list of requests. Chapek eventually changed his position, replacing pressure from officials for official revenge. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis seems to be turning all the power of the US government against Disney. (Paradigm has previously worked with Disney.)
Chapek’s challenge – how to show support for vulnerable employees without calling for outside attacks – is one that many leaders are currently experiencing as they follow expiration of a draft opinion of the Supreme Court this seems to indicate that the court is on the verge of overturning federal protection of abortion rights.
It is difficult to overestimate the impact of this decision if it continues as drafted. a lot including mehave expressed concern about what Roe’s death against Wade means, not only for people who may become pregnant, but also for others whose rights could be similarly revoked based on the whims of the court.