Disney is not making political donations in Florida for the time being. CEO Bob Chapek said this in response to a fuss about the way the entertainment group dealt with the controversial Don’t say gay law in the American state.
He also apologized to the staff.
The reason is a law passed last week that prohibits primary schools from talking about sexual orientation or gender identity in class. That caused quite a stir.
Disney was criticized for keeping the company silent in the matter. That was striking, given that the company has expressed support for the LGBTQ+ community in the past.
Disney is not making political donations in Florida for the time being after fuss over Don’t say gay law
On Wednesday, Chapek broke the silence for the first time. He also announced that Disney will donate $5 million (about 4.5 million euros) to the Human Rights Campaign and other organizations to protect the rights of LGBT people.
Chapek also promised to talk to the governor of Florida about “the concerns” that Disney has about the new law.
Critics thought that was not enough. On Saturday, Chapek made another gesture promising to stop making political donations and to investigate those policies.
He also sent an email with his apologies to the company’s staff.
“Obviously, this is not just a Florida law, but a general human rights issue. I should have been a stronger ally in the fight for equal rights and let you down.
I’m sorry. But I now seen and will commit me to you,” the CEO writes.
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