Disney CEO Bob Chapek Crushes California for Keeping Disneyland Closed

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek, speaking on the company’s earnings call, crushed the state of California — and, by extension, Governor Gavin Newsom — for mandating that Disneyland remains closed.

Reporters from Wall Street Journal and Hollywood Reporter shared:

This is frankly not surprising at all. In October, Disney issued the following statement about being forced to remain closed:

Earlier in the month, Disney chairman Bob Iger left Governor Newsom’s economic recovery task force, and it was clear that the two heavyweights — and possible competitors in the 2024 Democratic primaries — were embroiled in battle.

The obvious comparison to California is Florida, where the New York Times says that COVID-19 has not spread in Disney World in Orlando, FL as feared.

Nonetheless, Disney has, to my memory, never been this aggressive towards a government body on an earnings call. Could litigation be looming?

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Iger and Disney have been in bed with Ca. Democrats and the left for some time. No sympathy or empathy for them. They got what they paid for.

    Here’s the problem; there are two sanctuary cities keeping Disneyland from reopening – Santa Ana & Anaheim. Both have the highest cases, new cases and deaths by a HUGE margin compared to ALL other cities in the county. Disneyland is located in the city of Anaheim.

    As the city of Anaheim goes, so goes Disneyland.

  2. I totally agree with Chapek in wanting everything to be open, but he’s being a hypocrite here. Disney owns ESPN. ESPN has been spreading fear porn about coronavirus from the beginning. They’re still doing it on the daily, and it’s not just “reporting the facts.” They sensationalize one positive test, make all bad Corona news headline news, and don’t report on any of the good news. They chastise those who do anything they deem “risky” and praise any cancellations etc as being responsible.

    I mean, I hear you, Chapek, but get your dog on a leash. You can’t have it both ways, your subsidiary is contributing to people supporting the shutdowns.

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