Disney Company Under Attack for “Irrational Gender Ideology Policies”

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Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger and Chloe Cole on opposite sides of Mickey Mouse at Pride Night at Disneyland

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While Nelson Peltz is gunning for the Walt Disney Company and CEO Bob Iger, another conservative organization is trying to get in on the action, accusing the company of gender-based discrimination.

Billionaire Nelson Peltz looking angry at Disney CEO Bob Iger in front of the Disney Board of Directors building.
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2023 was a tough year for the Walt Disney Company, and it’s looking like 2024 won’t be any different. Not only do they have to manage Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Animation, and Disney Parks like Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland, but they also have to deal with Nelson Peltz.

After a long battle with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Disney is face-to-face with Nelson Peltz, a shareholder who is attempting to take over the Disney board, overthrow CEO Bob Iger, and steer away from “woke” strategies, specifically citing Marvel Studios films like Black Panther (2018) and The Marvels (2023). However, it looks like Peltz and his company aren’t the only ones coming at the House of Mouse.

Conservative Non-Profit & Company Shareholder Is Calling Disney Discriminatory

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While much of the attention for the upcoming shareholders’ meeting has been on Nelson Peltz and Trian trying to take over the company, another organization is making a power move. This time, it’s the National Legal and Political Center (NLPC) who are accusing Disney of being discriminatory against de-transitioners.

A conservative non-profit, The NLPC argues that since Disney’s healthcare policy covers gender-affirming care, it should also cover de-transitioning care. Therefore, their current policy “discriminates based on gender identity.”

The organization’s point of view will be presented at the April 3, 2024, Annual Meeting of Shareholders by Chloe Cole, an activist who is opposed to gender-affirming care for minors, citing her own transition at 13 that later led to her de-transitioning.

“Disney acts as if people like me don’t exist,” Cole said in a statement published in the Daily Mail. “I intend to make sure the board and Mr. Iger hear that the company’s irrational gender ideology policies are actually destructive and that I am a victim of policies like it.”

The Walt Disney Company Isn’t Buying It

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Much like in its dealings against Peltz and Trian, the Walt Disney Company has already issued its opinion on the proposal, specifically that it is absolutely unnecessary and is pushing an agenda. You can check out the full reasoning in the Proxy Statement, specifically on pages 113-114. However, here’s the conclusion:

“We do not believe that the requested report would provide value to our shareholders. Instead, we believe the proposal is an attempt to generate attention from a proponent with a narrow focus seeking to advance a limited agenda rather than an authentic attempt to call for action in the best interest of the Company and shareholders.”

The Walt Disney Company is advising shareholders to vote against this proposal. If you wish to listen to the meeting yourself, you can join in at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT on April 3, 2024.

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