CEO Responds to DeSantis’ ‘Vendetta’ Against Disney

Disney CEO reacts after DeSantis orders investigation into Reedy Creek Improvement District contract


Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke at the annual shareholder meeting on Monday, as shareholders expressed concern over the latest action taken against the company. During the meeting, Iger addressed the battle between the company and the governor, accusing Gov. Ron DeSantis of retaliating against Disney, with the former company president adopting what critics called “Don’t Say Gay.” DeSantis said. It fired back against Disney and called it “anti-business” and “anti-Florida.” “Our view on this is that any action that thwarts those efforts to retaliate for a position taken by the corporation is not only anti-business, it’s anti-Florida,” Iger said. “A corporation has a right to free speech, just like individuals do,” Iger said. “In effect, he’s trying to punish a company for exercising its constitutional right. That seems very wrong to me.” The governor ordered an investigation into the February deal between Disney and members of the former Reedy Creek Development District. .The agreement prevents new board members from making changes to the regulations, and DeSantis says it is “designed to usurp the power of the CFTOD board,” a board with new members appointed by DeSantis. Top headlines: DeSantis signs Florida no-license-carrying bill Family speaks out after Florida mother stabbed to death 2-year-old found in cat’s mouth Sheriff: Volusia County woman killed, brother injured after distracted driver hits them

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Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke at the annual shareholder meeting on Monday, as shareholders expressed concern over the latest action taken against the company.

During the meeting, Iger addressed the battle between the company and the governor, Gov. Ron DeSantis accused of retaliating against Disney, with the former company president adopting what critics called “Don’t Say Gay.”

Iger said DeSantis was retaliating against Disney, calling it “anti-business” and “anti-Florida.”

“Our view on this is that any action that thwarts attempts to retaliate for a position taken by the company is not only anti-business, it’s anti-Florida,” Iger said.

“A corporation has the same right to free speech as individuals,” Iger said. “In effect, he’s seeking to punish a corporation for exercising its constitutional right. That seems very wrong to me.”

The governor ordered an investigation into a contract struck in February between Disney and former Reedy Creek Improvement District members.

The agreement prevents new board members from making changes to the regulations, and DeSantis says the board, which has new members appointed by DeSantis, is “designed to usurp the power of the CFTOD board.”

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