Abigail Disney, the granddaughter of Disney co-cofounder Roy O. Disney, has slammed the company over its recent coronavirus furloughs.
Since the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, many businesses have had to shut down and/or fundamentally alter their practices due to the ongoing epidemic. Disney, of course, has been no exception to this. The company has had to shut down the productions of several films, push back their release dates and even change the format in which some will be released. In addition, the entertainment titan has had to close down its Disneyland park in California and Walt Disney World in Flordia for the duration of the coronavirus epidemic. This has made it only the third time in the parks’ history where they were shut down. Unfortunately, the treatment of their park workers has drawn criticism from many, including Abigail Disney.
Abigail Disney has not been shy about her dissatisfaction with the way the company has treated its employees in the past but now she’s spoken out about the company’s latest decision. Earlier this week, the company made the decision to stop paying its park workers and furlong them which would, at this point, save the company roughly $500M. At the same time, the company is also set to payout roughly $1.5B in dividends to its shareholders and Abigail Disney is not happy with the decision.
Yesterday, Abigail Disney posted a 25 post long thread on Twitter the matter, breaking down what she felt was wrong with the decisions. You can see the full thread below:
OK, I've been holding my tongue on the theory that a pandemic is no time to be calling people out on anything other than failing us in a public health sense. I thought it might be a moment for peace and reconciliation. But I feel a thread coming on….1/ https://t.co/G1mUq7RmAV
— Abigail Disney (@abigaildisney) April 21, 2020
What do you all make of the company’s recent decisions? Should the company be paying out dividends while it furlong’s its employees? Is Abigale Disney right in her criticizing of the company? Should it be handling the coronavirus epidemic in a better way? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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