Thursday, July 18, 2019

Disney Heiress Advocates For Disneyland’s Employees

Dystopian World

Disneyland, the “Happiest Place on Earth,” is not a happy place to work for most of its employees, says Abigail Disney, granddaughter of  Roy O. Disney, a co-founder of Walt Disney Company. Abigail Disney is an American documentary filmmaker, philanthropist, and activist; she holds a doctorate in English Literature from Columbia University.
Via: Youtube & Democracy Now!

Abigail Disney shares her thoughts on what she discovered after talking to regular Disney employees. This is reported on Democracy Now!, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan González. In a transcript of  the news piece (“Happiest Place on Earth? Meet the Disney Heiress Speaking Out Against Disneyland’s Abuse of Workers;” July 17, 2019), the news site writes:
Abigail Disney, the heiress of the Disney fortune, is once again speaking out against the company’s unfair labor and wage practices. She recently spoke to Disneyland employees in California, where they shared their experiences with the theme park’s work environment. In the past, Abigail Disney has criticized Disney CEO Bob Iger’s obscene salary and the drastic pay gap between Iger and other Disney employees. Abigail Disney also testified in May at the House Committee on Financial Services during a hearing on strengthening the rights and protections of workers.
For the record, “Iger took home more than $65 million in 2018. That’s 1,424 times the median pay of a Disney worker, ” Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! reports. Of course, that's obscene; it is beyond obscene; a new word ought to be coined for people like this, who think that this is good and normal.

As for me, I went to Disney once about 20 years ago; and that was enough. It was over-priced and not worth the long waits in line. Truly, I kept wondering what all the fuss was about. I really do not understand why any parent would want to go there. I was happy to get out of the “happiest place on Earth.”

More important, it is good news, indeed, that the heiress of a Disney founder has the goodness, decency and a conscience to speak out for the less fortunate. Bravo.

For more, go to [Democracy Now!]

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