I have never shied away from expressing my opinions about The Walt Disney World, and the fantastically awesome company that they are to work for, let alone visit on vaction.
I have an entire post dedicated to the Walt Disney Company, and the type of employer that they are. They allow freedom in getting your role done. The Walt Disney Company respects their Cast Members. They care about their Cast Members.
Unfortunately, with any great company, you get bad apples, and people that are ignorant to what they should be mindful of, and the Walt Disney Company, unfortunately, is not immune to these people. As unfortunate is when these people are the top echelon of Cast Members, trusted to continue the legacy of Walt Disney himself.
Current Walt Disney World CEO Bob Iger is seemingly that “bad apple.” In recent months, he allowed the rehiring of a, potential, pedophile to direct movies under the overall Walt Disney Company umbrella. A decision that, to me, and many others, creates a dark cloud over a company like the Walt Disney Company, whose target base is children. Bob Iger allowing James Gunn to be rehired, is akin to Mohamed Atta giving advice on flying.
James Gunn received widespread condemnation, and rightly so, for Tweets that he made in reference to the, apparent, acceptance of pedophilia. He was, rightly so, fired from The Walt Disney Company, who, targets children in the bulk of their marketing efforts.
According to the Gaurdian, several, apparently pedophilia condoners as well, “actors” from the Gaurdians of the Galaxy franchise spoke in support of James Gunn, “Stars from the first two films shared their support for Gunn after his removal, including Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista, who claimed he wouldn’t return unless Gunn was reinstated. “To be honest with you, I don’t know if I want to work for Disney,” he said to Jonathan Ross at the time.”
The Walt Disney World was right to fire someone that seemingly, at least at one point in his life, condoned pedophilia. The Walt Disney Company should have also fired Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista. Bob Iger did not.
Not only did the Walt Disney Company’s CEO, Bob Iger, not fire those “actors” that supported a purported gesture of pedophilia, he doubled down and allowed the rehiring of James Gunn. To be very clear, there is no evidence that The Walt Disney Company’s CEO Bob Iger ever condoned or agreed to the rehiring of James Gunn. However, all of the child entities that the Walt Disney Company has bought ultimately reports to the Walt Disney Company CEO, Bob Iger. Whether implicit, or complacent, he ultimately allowed the rehiring of James Gunn.
To further muddy the name of the Walt Disney Company, and to further politicize the Walt Disney Company in this modern era of everything must have a political opinion or stake, the Walt Disney Company’s CEO Bob Iger, once again brings the Walt Disney Company into the spotlight. Perhaps Bob Iger has political ambitions. That would certainly be his right as an American citizen. Or perhaps he just feels that as the CEO of the Walt Disney Company, he has the platform to force his personal beliefs on those that, frankly, do not care.
Whatever Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger’s reasoning, whether it’s political ambitions, hoping for government kickbacks for supporting planned parenthood, ignorance, or a combination of a multitude of things, it is unmistakable that he thrust the Walt Disney Company to the forefront of a political campaign.
The Walt Disney Company, and in reality, Walt Disney himself, created a place in the Walt Disney World where children and adults alike can go and forget the reality of this cruel world. If for no more than a fleeting moment in their life, they can live their dreams and just forget everything else. Those dreams and memories should not be tarnished by the political opinions of one man, the Walt Disney Company CEO, Bob Iger.
Changes of Culture
In 2012, after nearly sixty years of operation, The Walt Disney World CEO Bob Iger allowed a drastic change in Cast Members’ appearances. He allowed Cast Members, for the first time in Walt Disney Company history to have beards and goatees. Here is the reason that is important, even in the twenty-first century.
The Walt Disney World Company founder, Walt Disney, who knew far more about appropriateness than, apparently, Bob Iger, prohibited anything other than a small, trimmed mustache (arguably because he himself had one.) His reasoning for this? Walt Disney’s entire view of Disneyland and, ultimately, The Walt Disney World, was to maintain a safe, inviting place for ‘kids of all ages’ to come and enjoy. He did not want either Disneyland or Walt Disney World to be synonymous of “amusement parks” and “fairs” of the time, which employed men that were unkempt, long hair, tattoos, long beards, earrings, etc. Pride in your appearance. With that, you project an air of safety, friendliness and family. That was the Walt Disney Company. It is what set Disneyland and the Walt Disney World apart from any other theme park in the World. And Walt Disney knew it. But, he also did not want a projection of uncleanliness.
For Walt Disney, it was all about appearance. For Bob Iger, it’s all about politics and self. I urge the Walt Disney World CEO Bob Iger to resign after years of missteps and eroding the culture that is The Walt Disney Company. If not, I urge the board to take action and remove him. The Walt Disney World has always been synonymous with greatness, dreams, and inspiration. Until now.