Companies Across the Country are Avoiding becoming the "Next" Disney
As the debate of Roe v. Wade being overturned continues, companies once politically vocal are now in silence...
We witnessed Disney speak out against Ron DeSantis’ bill that prohibits teachers from speaking about sexual orientation in the classroom for students grades kindergarten to eighth grade. The “Don’t Say Gay” bill’s backlash from Disney actually led to them being stripped of the governing county they once had to themselves and losing special tax privileges.
However, following the leak of the draft opinion, which indicates the Supreme Court’s likeliness to overturn Roe v. Wade, there are very few - if any - corporations staying out of the debacle following Disney’s disaster of a battle.
Disney themselves has not commented on the situation, nor have those who once spoke against social injustices such as Walmart, Facebook, Microsoft, or American Airlines. Zeno, the PR firm that advises Coca-Cola, Hershey, Salesforce, Netflix, and Starbucks has even gone as far as advising their clients to shut up on the situation according to a client memo.
“Do not take a stance you cannot reverse, especially when the decision is not final. This topic is a textbook ’50/50′ issue. Subjects that divide the country can sometimes be no-win situations for companies because regardless of what they do they will alienate at least 15 to 30% of their stakeholders. Do not assume that all of your employees, customers, or investors share your view.”
Zeno told clients, according to Popular Information.
The 2021 Texas Heartbeat Act, which banned most abortions at around six weeks, saw a slew of companies coming out and voicing their opinions against it including Lyft, GoDaddy, Glossier, Patagonia, and Madewell. Even these companies have been silent on the possibility that Roe v. Wade is overturned. Match Group has also been historically vocal in support of abortion rights in the past, but they too have cases of “the cat got your tongue.”
On the heroic front, UPS supposedly donated to Rise Up for Abortion Rights according to Fox Business. However, they haven’t made their voices clear on the possible end of Roe.
It seems as if corporations fear the idea of becoming like Disney. Disney was stripped of its special administrative zone/county and thus stripped of the tax privileges which come with those zones. This leaves CEOs of all the major mouths in politics to not become the next Disney. But think about it, what could possibly happen? Would the government ban any vehicle with a Lyft sticker? Would GoDaddy no longer be able to host sites within the United States? Who the hell would actually get rid of Walmart or even punish them?