Disney CEO Bob Chapek, pictured here with Mickey and Minnie Mouse on July 15, 2017, accepted the demands of the late left and entered a culture war he appeared to be avoiding. (Photo: Disney/Image Group LA)
This is a predictable pattern. A state declares that its duly elected Conservative legislature will enact a law supported by a majority of those elected. Immediately, companies began to shrug their shoulders at how difficult it would be to employ workers under such a repressive right-wing regime.
This week we saw this pattern in Indiana. The legislature passed and the governor signed legislation prohibiting abortion except in cases of rape, incest, fatal fetal abnormalities, and when the mother’s life is in danger.
Blue-chip companies based in the state, including Eli Lilly and Cummins, immediately said it was difficult to recruit talent in the state, which democratically elected leaders have done terribly. Lily took a step further menacingly. “In light of this new law,” the company ranted, “we will be forced to create more jobs outside of our home state.”
The company warned that it will no longer be able to “attract diverse scientific, technical and business talent from around the world.”
But diversity never includes the large number of people who support an abortion ban. Like the majority of Hoosiers, the legislatures and governors elected. His thoughts don’t matter.
The same thing happened in Georgia last year, when lawmakers enacted electoral laws that critics were forced to see as too restrictive. Among those critics were the newly progressive CEO of Atlanta Titans Delta and Coca-Cola. In a fit of demonstrative awakening, Major League Baseball relocated its dwindling relevant All-Star game to hunt the few remaining fans who died in the era of Pitchcom, Ghost Runners, Permanent DH, Infield Shift and Cannes. Is. -Splitting walk-up music. It did not work. The 2021 All-Star Game’s 4.5 rating was its lowest-ever rating until this year’s 4.2 hit a pathetic 7.6 million viewers as the dying game tries to be the NBA.
We saw similar activism in North Carolina, when a 2017 “bathroom bill” restricted the use of public facilities to match the gender on a user’s birth certificate.
TV productions were pulled, Ringo Starr canceled a concert and the CEO of Bank of America said companies were “going elsewhere with projects or events because of controversy.”
Conservative ideas – and their elected representatives – are unworthy
These are complex issues. Without questioning the correctness of laws regarding abortion, voting rights, and gender-specific bathrooms, it’s worth noting that the company that issued public manuscripts and threats did so in every single instance in response to conservative laws. . Each of these issues is, by definition, so popular that it has the support of a majority of the state legislatures. So these are no small things. Yet there has never been an outcry from these companies about states enacting progressive legislation, no matter how disrespectful of those in more conservative parts of the country.
Senator Scott de Wiener. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for The California Globe)
When California enacted a law allowing gun manufacturers to prosecute people who believed they had been harmed by gun violence, no high-profile public company across the state took notice of these employees. It would be difficult to recruit contributors to the constitutional right to bear arms. ,
Scott Wiener pushes SB 145 through Senate to mitigate consequences of 25-year-olds seducing 16-year-olds. Governor Brown signed Wiener’s SB 239, which reduced the penalty for knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor. No California company has stood up to complain about how difficult it would be to recruit people from Indiana to work in a state with such values.
New York State’s Reproductive Health Act 2019 allows an abortion “at least 24 weeks before the onset of pregnancy” if the fetus is not viable. No high-profile public company has feared it would be difficult to lure religious workers to a state whose abortion policies are far from mainstream. Because these companies don’t value these people.
We are a divided nation with almost equal numbers on each side. That’s enough to change control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives in recent years, and at least the House of Representatives is expected to do the same again this year.
So why does corporate activism always favor a side? It’s not because the leaders of these corporations, all multi-millionaires, are secretly Bolsheviks.
After Florida passed its misnamed (but popular) “don’t say gay” law, CEOs like Disney’s Herman Munster and Bob Chapek were dragged along for weakly condemning the policy. The reason the left-leaning pressure campaign finally took hold and led him to voice his moronic opposition to state laws — ending Disney’s self-government position and hurting its shareholders — is because corporations are afraid of loud megaphones. is not equal.
Former East Cleveland Indians mascot. The Cleveland MLB team has seen its presence falter in the wake of its new Guardian nickname.
A company that fails to adequately oppose abortion restrictions will face tremendous pressure from the social media crowd. A company that doesn’t oppose New York State’s permissive abortion policy isn’t under pressure.
The values and values of religious conservatives are routinely dismissed by those writing algorithms for social media networks. Worse, they are often ridiculed or hatefully labeled as racist. That’s where the ugly new phrase “Christian Nationalist” took shape, not by people suddenly declaring themselves loyal to a new philosophy, but by inventing a catchphrase that makes a good hashtag.
It’s the inevitable culmination of a disconnect between American corporations and the vast minority, probably the majority, of people who use their products. Disney and the rest of consumers are showing signs of impatience with their values, which they relentlessly dismiss and ridicule. In Major League Baseball, the hottest tradition of all major sports, the Cleveland team is struggling to get their ass in their seats after changing their name from the Indians to the Guardian. Disney’s Voc Lightyear bombed the box office. There’s no good way for consumers to vent their displeasure with Lilly’s insulin, but companies are actually helping the Republican Party. By unveiling their leaders, some of the most hated people in America, in step with mainstream Democrats, they have helped turn Republicans into the counterculture.
Meanwhile, businesses and their employees, regardless of currency, continue to flee states whose liberal policies on crime, taxation and COVID have created impossible roadblocks. And despite their rhetoric, they attract conservative-dominated states.