Walt Disney heiress Abigail Disney launched a scathing attack against her family’s famous firm for furloughing 100,000 low-paid workers — while executives reportedly get $1.5 billion in bonuses.
“WHAT THE ACTUAL F***?????” wrote the 60-year-old granddaughter of Walt Disney’s brother, Roy Disney, at the start of a furious 25-tweet screed accusing management of “pillaging and rampaging.”
“I am an heir. And I do carry this name with me everywhere,” Disney said after noting she does not have a role in the company.
“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.”
Disney’s tirade was sparked by a report in the Financial Times saying that the company was no longer paying more than 100,000 theme-park employees this week, nearly half of its workforce, for a reported $50 million-a-month savings.
“But the REAL outrage is, of course, those bonuses … 1.5 billion of them. 1.5 BILLION,” she raged.
“That’d pay for three months salary to front line workers. And its going to people who have already been collecting egregious bonuses for years,” she complained.
She noted that “front line workers at the parks had to fight for years to get their pay bumped up to $15/hr,” deriding PR attempts to paint it as “incredible magnanimity” — noting it was just $31,400-a-year for a full-time worker.
She then claimed that former Disney chairman Bob Iger’s “compensation for THIS YEAR will amount to 1,500x their pay,” with similar big bonuses for his replacement, Bob Chapek.
“What kind of person is comfortable with this???” she asked. “If you have a shred of empathy in your body … none of this compensation bullshit is possible.”
While she conceded the firm “faces a rough couple of years,” she said, “That does not constitute permission to continue pillaging and rampaging by management.”
“THIS COMPANY MUST DO BETTER,” she insisted, telling management to “pay the people who make the magic happen with respect and dignity they have more than earned from you.”
“BE DECENT,” she ended her thread.
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