Disney executive steps down following fight with Gov. DeSantis

The Walt Disney Company made headlines in recent weeks for battling Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over legislation designed to protect young children from sexual material in school.

That fight culminated last month with DeSantis signing a bill which stripped the company of its special privileges under Florida law. Now, one Disney executive is saying that he’s had enough. 

According to the Blaze, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Geoff Morrell announced his resignation last week following a discussion with CEO Bob Chapek.

Morrell will be replaced by former Obama administration official

“After three months in this new role, it has become clear to me that for a number of reasons it is not the right fit,” Morrell was quoted as telling his co-workers in an email on Friday.

“After talking this over with Bob, I have decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities,” he went on to add.

The Blaze reported that Morrell is set to be replaced by Kristina Schake, someone with strong ties to the Democratic Party.

It noted that Schake previously worked as a special assistant to former President Barack Obama and also served as deputy communications director for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign.

Morrell welcomed Schake’s hiring last month with a statement that read, “I could not be more pleased to welcome Kristina to Disney and to have her leading communications for the company.”

“Her experience in the public and private sectors, in political and corporate campaigns, make her ideally suited for this important role and to help me integrate communications with government relations, public policy, and corporate social responsibility into a new Corporate Affairs team,” Morrell added.

Disney condemned bill banning instruction on sexual orientation for young children

Disney was a vocal critic of the “Parental Rights in Education” bill that DeSantis signed in late March. Under its terms, classroom instruction on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” is prohibited in kindergarten through third grade.

The Blaze quoted a statement from Disney as declaring, “Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that.”

“We are dedicated to standing up for the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family, as well as the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country.”

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