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‘Disney debacle’ lesson for CEOs


In fact the ink is barely dry on the Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and a draft shouldn’t be quite a ruling, however it’s been refreshing to finally be hearing nothing from business leaders on this contentious cultural issue.

Perhaps our corporate elite has finally woken as much as the notion that it’s bad business to piss off greater than half the country with virtue-signaling on progressive issues. Or perhaps they’re ignoring the political noise and keeping busy doing what they receives a commission to do — attempting to run profitable firms that provide returns for his or her shareholders. 

Either way, silence is golden, and we are able to thank Florida Gov. Ron ­DeSantis for making it occur. 

DeSantis did something that will have made movie character Jimmy Malone proud. Malone, played by Sean Connery within the 1987 flick “The Untouchables,” is the tough, veteran cop who explained to Eliot Ness beat Al Capone and his criminal gang: “They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one among yours to the hospital, you send one among his to the morgue.” 

For the record: I’m NOT advocating violence in defeating the company wokesters, or anyone for that matter.

But there’s something to be said about following Jimmy Malone’s logic and taking the battle to corporate woke gangsters in the event that they decide to grow to be an arm of the AOC-Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party. And that’s exactly what DeSantis did in his battle and convincing victory over the virtue-signaling of the Disney theme-park and entertainment corporate empire. 

Based on my sources, the C-suite types weren’t just closely watching but additionally learning something a few latest brand of GOP politics after DeSantis counter-punched Disney CEO Bob Chapek.

Chapek thought it was a wise idea to follow the lead of a few of his far-left employees who demanded he speak out against a Florida law they inaccurately and libelously dubbed “Don’t Say Gay.” 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis showed how governments can fight back against corporate virtual signaling to leftists.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis showed how governments can fight back against corporate virtual signaling to leftists.Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/Shutterstock

Bear in mind, the law doesn’t say that every one; it merely states that youngsters from kindergarten through the third grade don’t need sex-ed lessons or gender-identity preaching after they’re alleged to be learning the ABCs and add.

Lefty rallying cry

The cultural left doesn’t really care concerning the truth in the case of advancing its agenda. Left-wingers and their friends within the media created the fake meme as a part of a rallying cry hoping to generate public and company pressure to get the state to back down. And it worked a minimum of for awhile. After keeping his mouth shut (Smart!), Chapek gave in to the woke heat (Dumb!), and publicly attacked the law. 

Disney’s corporate headquarters are in Burbank, Calif. But, it’s fair to say, Florida is its second home. It’s amongst Florida’s largest employers. The Disney World theme park is a cultural landmark of the state, a lot in order that the corporate has received corporate welfare writ large for a long time and its complex near Orlando operates as a de facto independent local government. 

Not. DeSantis did what lawmakers must have done when all those corporate CEOs decided to present in to the woke mobs within the streets and on Twitter by attacking Georgia’s voting law as racist when it merely checks for ID: He fought back.

He didn’t just criticize Disney and Chapek for political grandstanding, he pushed through the Florida legislature a law that rescinds the corporate’s corporate-welfare goodies, which incorporates tax breaks, access to the low-cost municipal bond market, and other privileges.

Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek Disney CEO Bob Chapek was silly for bowing to his far-left staff in protest to DeSantis’ “Don’t Say Gay” laws.REUTERS/Katherine Taylor

Then got here this warning from the Republican governor: “In case you are in one among these corporations, should you’re a woke CEO, you must become involved in our legislative business, look, it’s a free country. But understand, should you do this, I’m fighting back against you. And I’m going to make certain that folks understand what you are promoting practices, and anything I don’t like about what you’re doing.” 

DeSantis is despised by the left and many of the media because he embodies a lot of Donald Trump’s winning instincts without the previous president’s losing rough spots (meaning, no tweeting out of the Florida governor).

That’s why he stays popular in his state and may cruise to re­election despite barely defeating his Dem opponent 4 years ago. The Disney fight isn’t going to harm his standing with voters. He’s already considered a 2024 GOP presidential contender, and fellow GOP public officials are more likely to follow his lead in the case of fighting back when the business community locks arms with the left.

Workers load an All-Star sign onto a trailer after it was removed from Truist Park in Atlanta, Tuesday, April 6, 2021. The Altanta Braves’ lost their rights to host the 2021 All-Star-Game over protesters decrying Georgia’s voter ID laws.John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Structure via AP

Fighting back

My DC sources say that if the GOP takes the House and Senate on this 12 months’s midterms, search for them to go on the offense against corporate wokesters. There’s already talk in GOP circles of public hearings forcing CEOs to elucidate why they think it’s in the most effective interests of their shareholders to weigh in and support lefty issues, that are opposed by many Americans. 

If my sources are telling me this, I’m pretty sure the military of lobbyists employed by Wall Street and even Big Tech are telling their CEOs the identical thing. Perhaps that’s why we’ve heard so little from them concerning the draft Roe v. Wade ruling.

In the event that they’re smart, they’ll keep it that way.

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