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    Disney CEO Iger blasts DeSantis’ policies as ‘anti-business’
    • April 3, 2023

    By Thomas Buckley | Bloomberg

    Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger came out swinging at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis saying his policies regarding the theme-park giant have been “not just anti-Florida, but anti-business.”

    The executive, who spoke during the company’s annual meeting, responded to questions from investors about Disney’s political standing in Florida and its decision to oppose legislation that limits discussion of gender identity in state schools.

    “A company has a right to freedom of speech just like individuals do,” Iger said.

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    Disney has been in a high-profile fight in Florida over the past year. The Republican governor and state legislators replaced the board of a municipal district that provides services to the company’s theme parks in the state. The company plans to invest $17 billion in Florida over the next decade.

    Iger likened the company’s stance to Civil Right-era protests.

    “As long as I’m in the job I’m going to be guided by a sense of decency and respect,”  he said.

    ​ Orange County Register