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“Let Trump Go”: Orlando Residents Launch Campaign Calling on Disney To Leave Trump Council

Today in Orlando, Florida, a wide coalition of community members, faith leaders, immigrant organizations, students, Disney employees, and labor unions will gather at Walt Disney World to launch a nationwide campaign calling on Disney CEO Bob Iger to quit Donald Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, and further, to renounce policies announced by the president and his cabinet appointees.

Campaign image created for #DisneyLetHimGo.
Campaign image created for #DisneyLetHimGo.

The campaign is being put together by Organize Florida, a nonpartisan, 501(c)4 nonprofit organization that both trains and develops leaders and organizes families in low-to-moderate-income communities in Florida. Their cheeky title for the campaign is #DisneyLetHimGo, a play on the hit song “Let It Go” from Frozen. They say:

Led by immigrants and Disney workers themselves, racial and social justice activists say this is only the first step in what will be a continuous fight to protect the health and well-being of all people—including immigrants, people of color, minimum wage workers, and the LGBT community during the Trump administration. The leader of Orlando’s hometown business needs to stand up for the values of Disney and the Central Florida community.

At the rally, the group will deliver more than 100,000 signed petitions to Disney demanding that Iger to step down from Trump’s council. More details on today’s gathering can be found at the Organize Florida web site.

Over the last few weeks, Cartoon Brew has covered the budding link between the Walt Disney Company and Donald Trump, and argued that the relationship shows blatant disregard for Disney’s brand integrity guidelines. Our coverage is compiled in the links below.

  • Patrick

    Wouldn’t that be a worse move?
    If we see Iger/Disney as good then we should have them be on the council.

    Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
    Am I alone in thinking that creating divides between “us and them” while “they’re” in power is a bad move?

    Working with Trump doesn’t mean you’re bad. It means you’re working with the president of the USA.

    • Revy

      That was my thought. I’m not a fan of Trump at all, but his circle is already so insular and close minded, that having Iger around at all (assuming he doesn’t also think climate change is a Chinese hoax) would be a GOOD thing, right? He could put some actual fair and intelligent ideas into the mix instead of leaving Trump strictly to his knuckleheads?

      I doubt Iger would even have much influence anyway, but his presence couldn’t hurt. People are taking these protests to heart without stopping to consider what might be lost if they actually win.

    • Sean McGinnis

      True, I don’t understand why people are so persistent to have Iger distance himself and his company.

  • Troy

    There are so many ironies in this that I’ve lost count.

  • Slim Cognito

    You’d rather have extremists advise Trump and not moderates? Bob Iger condemned the immigration order and said he wanted to change his mind about things.

    Oh wait, we have to blindly hate everyone and everything associated with Trump.
    We will totally not run into a “boy who cried wolf” scenario when something legitimately bad happens.

  • Too Many Cooks

    Not sure what threat the most pro-LGBT candidate in the history of the GOP posts to LGBT individuals Or brown people. Or minimum wage workers. We don’t need specifics, though, because the people on the news constantly say he’s bad.

    • Tony

      Trump may be pro-LGBT, but a lot of people in his cabinet aren’t, and there lies the concern. After all the advances the LGBT community have made in the last few years, you can’t blame them for being a little jumpy about losing them.