We Tell Disney's Bob Iger To Resign from Trump's Business Council
Disney CEO Bob Iger serves on President Trump’s business advisory council. Iger says the board is a “great opportunity” that gives him a “pipeline” to speak with Trump. On March 8, 2017, People's Action and its affiliate, Colorado People's Alliance, went to the Walt Disney Company shareholders' meeting in Denver to confront Iger and ask him to step down from the council.
People's Action political director Mehrdad Amezun, an Iranian American, said Iger's presence on the council "is about endorsement. ... By staying on the economic council it looks like you are tacitly endorsing Trump’s policies” against Muslims and immigrants. The showdown was covered by several media outlets, including The New York Times, The Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times.
Tens of thousands of People’s Action members – together with hundreds of thousands of Uber users and workers – forced Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to resign from Trump’s council in February. Since then, more than 75,000 people have signed our petition calling on Iger to do the same.
We respectfully disagree with Iger's contention that "it is better to be in the room" with Trump. This is no normal administration, and we must resist normalizing it. We continue to demand Disney CEO Bob Iger resign from Trump’s economic advisory council immediately. To understand why, read our commentary on OurFuture.org.