In recent years, a certain section of the audience has turned against Disney for its inclusion policies in various contents. A constant of his complaints is pointing out that the company has abandoned quality in order to satisfy different minorities. Productions like Mulan, United, Cruella, Lightyear, Pinocchio, The Little Mermaid, and now, a strange world They have been attacked for their commitment to diversity. With the return of Bob Iger to the direction of Disney, many hope that some “mistakes” made in recent years will be corrected, including inclusion. What does the “new” CEO of Disney think about it?
During a question and answer session with company employees, Iger was questioned about the fate of Disney. The specific question referred to certain policies of the past, where it was mentioned that the company would not get involved in political or social issues, for example, the Florida government’s zero respect for trans childhoods. These were the forceful words of Iger (via Variety):
“One of the core values of our storytelling is inclusion, acceptance and tolerance. And we can’t lose that, we just can’t lose that. The way we truly change the world through good must continue. We’re not going to make everyone happy all the time, and we’re not going to try. We’re certainly not going to diminish our core values to make everyone happy all the time.”
Basically, inclusion in Disney content will continue. Despite calls for Disney to stay away from “political issues,” the company does not plan to reverse its plans. While the attacks are quite vocal, and have led many celebrities to come to the defense of his colleagues, Bob Iger believes the future must be more inclusive. After the statements, some employees took up those words and showed their support for the directive. Others they applauded his decision and more attendees at the meeting confirmed what was said.
Until now, the most transgressive thing that has been achieved in Disney productions is showing a lesbian kiss in lightyearand an openly gay teenager in a strange world. Unfortunately, both productions were total box office flops. Given this, many fear that, in the coming months, Bob Iger will retract his words and take steps to return Disney to the neutrality it had for many years. Which path should the company take: give in to the requests of a few or continue to reflect the diversity of the world?