An activist shareholder took the Walt Disney Company to task at its annual shareholder meeting Wednesday, accusing the company of “complicity in China genocide” in turning a blind eye to human rights violation
As if Disney didn’t have enough on its plate already with CEO Bob Chapek buckling to the liberal mob and speaking against Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill that just passed, putting the company in the middle of a culture war firestorm and prompting Gov. Ron DeSantis to blast the “woke” company for its hypocrisy while calling attention to its lucrative relationship with Communist China.
The shareholder was the National Legal and Policy Center, an ethics watchdog group that also noted Disney’s hypocrisy in halting business dealing with Russia while continuing to do business with China.
Disney announced this week that it was working to suspend all business in Russia following the country’s “unprovoked invasion of Ukraine,” according to Variety.
“Given the unrelenting assault on Ukraine and the escalating humanitarian crisis, we are taking steps to pause all other businesses in Russia. This includes content and product licensing, Disney Cruise Line activities, National Geographic magazine and tours, local content productions and linear channels,” a Disney spokesperson explained. “Some of those business activities we can and will pause immediately. Others — such as linear channels and some content and product licensing — will take time given contractual complexities.”
Paul Chesser, director of the NLPC’s Corporate Integrity Project, presented a resolution at the shareholders’ meeting requiring Disney to conduct an annual due diligence report “evaluating the human rights impacts of its business and associations with foreign entities,” Fox Business reported.
“They had the time and money to film ‘Mulan’ in the part of communist China with among the most disgusting and egregious human rights violations in the world – in Xinjiang,” Chesser said in his remarks at the meeting.
Xinjiang is the province where more than a million Uyghur Muslims have been detained in concentration camps and purportedly used as slave labor, as noted in the article.
“Meanwhile, Disney executives say they will not release any new films in Russia due to Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine,” Chesser went on to say. “Since when do ESG principles mean you get to support genocidal regimes in Asia, but you must oppose colonial warmongering in Europe?”
(“ESG” is the acronym for the Economic, Social, Government socially conscious standards.)
“There seems to be a cognitive dissonance between how these major corporations, including Disney, are treating the whole Russia-Ukraine situation: ‘We’re going to disinvest in Russia,’ and so forth,” Chesser told FOX Business. “But they’re not looking at China, whose human rights violations … have been verified and documented by the State Department under both [Presidents] Trump and Biden.”
“There is a genocide going on [in China], and they do engage in slave labor, and they do force abortions upon the Uyghurs,” he added. “These companies are just ignoring it.”
Justin Danhof, executive vice president of the National Center for Public Policy Research, also referenced Disney’s relationship with China at the meeting, taking the company to task over its Critical Race Theory-based racial training for employees that he suggested provides cover to the Chinese Communist Party and its ongoing human rights atrocities.
[W]hen Disney and other companies team up with the far left to promote CRT and pretend that America is irreparably and systematically racist, they are doing the bidding of the Chinese Communist Party,” Danhof said in a release. “The CCP commits actual human rights abuses by running slave labor camps where it harvests organs and rapes and sterilizes women of the minority Muslim Uyghurs. Yet, when our State Department and others report on this, the CCP simply responds that the United States is no better since it oppresses its black and brown populations. Disney is giving air cover to slave labor. Full stop.
“The company’s hypocrisy on these issues is so profound. It would be impressive if it weren’t so tragic.”
Danhof told Fox News, “If you get your moral compass from Disney, it’s broken. Your compass is broken, go fix it.”
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