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Disney promises ‘real change’ in statement about George Floyd protests

Disney’s top executives released a statement about the need for change

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The logo for The Walt Disney Company appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Disney CEO Bob Iger, who steered the company through successful purchases of Star Wars, Marvel and Fox’s entertainment businesses, is stepping down immediately, the company said in a surprise announcement Tuesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The logo for The Walt Disney Company appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.

Richard Drew, Associated Press

Disney’s top executives Bob Chapek, Bob Iger and Latondra Newton released a full statement to employees this week, calling for change amid the coronavirus pandemic and the George Floyd protests.

What’s the news:

  • Chapek, Iger and Newtonwrote in a full statement that the company is struggling to make sense of the tragedies throughout the country. The company said it plans to “resolve to use our compassion, our creative ideas and our collective sense of humanity to ensure we are fostering a culture that acknowledges our people’s feelings and their pain.”
  • The statement read: “We also realize that now more than ever is the time for us all to further strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion everywhere.”
  • “We intend to focus our efforts and resources to compassionately and constructively talk about these matters openly and honestly as we seek solutions. We intend to keep the conversation going, not just today, but for as long as it takes to bring about real change.”

More responses from Disney

  • Disney’s top brands released statements about the George Floyd protests. Twitter accounts for Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar all released the same statement about the riots.
  • The statement read: “We stand for inclusion. We stand with our fellow black employees, storytellers, creators and the entire black community. We must unite and speak out.”