Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently attended a Wall Street Journal Tech Live conference where he discussed the company’s commitment to diverse content, according to The Wrap. “I think the more complex something is, the more you really have to dig into the basics,” says Chapek. “And we want our content to reflect the rich and diverse world we live in…the world is a rich and diverse place and we want our content to reflect that. And we’re so lucky to have the greatest content creators and they see it the same way.” Disney has had to defend its position several times this year, including when Disney opposed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “Don’t Say Gay” bill that prevents schools from teaching young people about sex ed and sex. gender identity (via CNBC).
Similarly, many recent Disney releases have faced controversy for pushing for positive portrayal. This includes Pixar’s “Lightyear” which included a gay kiss that banned the film from multiple countries, as well as racial backlash for the casting of black actress Halle Bailey as Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of ” The little Mermaid .” Despite the uphill battle, Chapek continues to believe in Disney’s power to unite audiences, saying, “I always say, when someone walks down Main Street and looks at the castle, you don’t think ‘I’m on one side. of the political spectrum or the other. You have a common belief in all the wonderful aspects of what Disney is.”