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Disney CEO Bob Chapek allegedly pulled from D23 appearance due to fear that Disney fans will boo him


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When the presentations for this weekend’s Destination D23 event at Walt Disney World were posted back in July, the event was set to kick-off with an in-person welcome from Disney CEO Bob Chapek. This welcome was quietly removed from all announcements in the weeks following, and is now nowhere to be seen on the schedule.

 

Since July, the CEO has been under scrutiny from a fair amount of people, from the Hollywood elite, to plain-old day guests at Disney theme parks around the world. Just days after the Destination D23 schedule went live, Scarlett Johansson filed lawsuit against the company. Disney announced Genie+ and Lightning Lane in August to the worst public scrutiny any parks announcement had ever met on the internet. In solidarity with Imagineers, many signed a petition to remove Chapek as CEO, even if the petition wasn’t very well put together.

 

 

OLOLOLOLOLO - he should appear anyway and flip 'em a double-bird if the boos start.

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3 hours ago, Kal-El814 said:

It’s truly unbelievable how cowardly so many of these executives are. Imagine being the CEO of a company that pays people to dress up as Disney characters and work crowds every goddamned day in the Florida heat… and you can’t get on stage and take some fucking boos?


I think it is the natural result of running organizations of this size. You begin to believe you are one of the few who could do it, and so it isn’t fair when the little people criticize you and your leadership. It is the sort of thing you have to actively fight against. 

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1 minute ago, sblfilms said:

I think it is the natural result of running organizations of this size. You begin to believe you are one of the few who could do it, and so it isn’t fair when the little people criticize you and your leadership. It is the sort of thing you have to actively fight against. 

 

Oh yeah, this is a huge part of it despite the fact that the bolded is obviously not true and it almost never is.

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6 minutes ago, Kal-El814 said:

 

Oh yeah, this is a huge part of it despite the fact that the bolded is obviously not true and it almost never is.


No doubt. This is especially true of these massive legacy companies where so much of the machinery is in place and you just need to maintain it while cashing your massive bonus checks. This is actually why Chapek is a particularly numb guy. Iger left him a Disney in its most fit shape ever, and all he needed to do was wait out the worst of the pandemic and spin the money printers back up.

 

But he took the pandemic as an opportunity to make the company his own, and nearly everything was received poorly, both internally and externally.

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