Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Walt Disney's brother Roy, tweeted her shock at the company's decision to furlough 100,000 workers.
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Disney corporation decided to furlough a hundred thousand amusement park and hotel employees while protecting executive bonuses and the $1.5 billion payout to shareholders. In response, Abigail Disney took to Twitter with a scathing thread attacking the executives responsible for the decision.
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
The outspoken Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Walt Disney's brother, has been critical of the low salaries of park workers and other people at the bottom end of the corporate latter while the executives have been "collecting egregious bonuses for years." She has called former CEO Bob Iger's salary "insane." Iger's salary was $47,525,560, 911 times the median worker's pay. Disney's current CEO Bob Chapek has taken a 50% pay cut and Iger, who has forgone his salary.
"Disney faces a rough couple of years, to be sure," she wrote. "But that does not constitute permission to continue pillaging and rampaging by management."
Abigail Disney holds no position in the company that bears her family name, but she has been outspoken about the way the company has been run, especially in criticism of the workplace conditions that Disney park employees have faced.
"I'm just a citizen who cares and I think that makes me free to say what I believe," she said Tuesday. "But I am an heir. And I do carry this name with me everywhere. And I have a conscience which makes it very difficult for me to sit by when I see abuses taking place with that name attached to them."