Could Walt Disney Survive in this World?
When this story broke about John Lasseter and how he is stepping down for now, I was a little surprised. I believe he should be held accountable if these accusations are true (they probably are), but it made me wonder if he ever could repair his reputation and esteem in the animation world. Robert's thought provoking piece on the front page made some great points, but I also believe that we need to allow our public figures to also be human. They are going to make mistakes (some of them horrific), but I do not believe they need to go away forwever.
With all of this, it made me think of Walt Disney. Ironically, Walt Disney appears to have been so adverse to sex that he sounds like the direct opposite of Harvey Weinstein.
However, would he be able to survive in this world? He was accused of being racist, anti union, antisemitic, republican (MAGA?), and a bunch of other accusations. Would he need to disappear? How much would we have lost if he were to sell off his share of the company? How much would be have gained without his leadership?
It was something interesting to think about. Many at the top, both politically and culturally, made some actions that are cringeworthy.
Would Walt need to go away?
Here is an interesting blurb from the PBS documentary on Walt Disney a few years back:
I think all of that with regards to disney has been proven time and time again to be smoke without fire.
There is no way to know how Walt would be if he grew up in our generation and manged the company in today's world.
Yes, I know that it is a little hard to place Walt Disney in today's world as he died 51 years ago, but with the pace of news and social media, I wonder if some of his "secrets" would have been known more widely.
>>>But there's definitely no question to me if he were resurrected and they put him in charge of today's Walt Disney Company he would have a very hard time. The company and the business landscape are totally different today and I honestly think he would have a lot problems trying to manage so many different things going on in so many different industries.
I'm fascinated that you put republican (lower case r) as an "accusation" similar to being racist and antisemitic.
Walter Elias Disney - would run for President.... And win.... Just like the current Moron..... "M" in Caps also.....
We are all children of our environments.
The lower case/upper case was accidental.
@Anthony - Yes, CEOs need to be careful so as to not alienate their brands, but owners/majority shareholders can do whatever they want. The politically-charged statements/positions by John Schnatter (Papa John's) and Truit Cathy (Chick-fil-A) may not earn any PC points, but it's their brand/company and they can do with it what they want. If those people own a majority interest in their companies (unlike many CEOs), they have the freedom to express themselves at the risk of the value of their company.
No, I don't think Walt would run for President. IT would get in the way of him actually exploring what he wants to do.