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Disney CEO: we’ve given ESPN license to push left-wing politics


By Daniel Greenfield

A fish rots from the head. So does Disney.

If you want to understand why Disney and its properties, from ESPN to Marvel, obsessively push left-wing politics while alienating their own customers, there are worse places to start than with Disney’s Darth Vader, CEO Bob Iger.

Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company has said he stands behind ESPN’s politically-vocal employee Jamele Hill, and has empathy for those NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem…

Iger also revealed that he intervened in support of Jamele Hill.

“I’ve not ever experienced prejudice and certainly not racism,” Iger went on, “so it’s hard for me to understand what they’re feeling about this, what it feel like to experience racism, so I felt that we need to take into account what Jemele and other people at ESPN were feeling at this time. That resulted in us not taking action on the Tweet that she put out.”

Iger also acknowledged the NFL athletes who have lately not been standing for the national anthem, and those other ESPN employees who feel strongly on the subject, saying, “I think athletes in many cases feel that they have an obligation. Having earned the voice that they’ve earned as successful athletes, to speak out on various issues that are meaningful to them, so we’ve given ESPN license to do it.”

License is indeed a good word.

Meanwhile, Iger would also like to push for gun control.

Some might have been critical about calls for gun control following the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, saying it’s disrespectful to discuss politics so soon, but Disney CEO Bob Iger railed against that idea at the Vanity Fair summit on Tuesday. “I don’t think this is politics,” he said. “I think this is a crisis.”

All his armed guards no doubt agree.

This article first appeared at FrontPageMag.