Spanish – Joe Biden’s collaborators are starting to take their toll. Many entrepreneurs donated funds to the Democrat’s campaign, and after being elected by the electoral college as president-elect, a well-known figure in the entertainment world expressed his desire to take this office. His name is Bob Iger, the president of the Walt Disney Company.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the Disney president donated 500,000 USD to Biden’s campaign and 85,100 USD to elect Democratic candidates to Congress. And now, he has informed Joe Bien’s transition team of his interest in becoming the US ambassador to the communist government in China.
The information also indicates that former Dreamworks boss Jeffrey Katzenberg contacted Biden’s team to recommend the Disney president as ambassador to China. If this appointment materializes, we could expect a soft US foreign policy with Xi Jinping’s communist regime. This is demonstrated by Bob Iger’s record.
Disney, blind to human rights violations in China
Walt Disney knows how to manage relations with governments to protect their interests and to obtain economic benefits. The best example of this is the company’s relationship with China.
For example, in 1997, Walt Disney released the film Kundun, which chronicled the cruelty and violence suffered by the people of Tibet at the hands of the Chinese Communists. At the time, the film was well-received by film buffs, not only for the story but for the courage to tell the world about Chinese atrocities. It is worth remembering that the film shows how Chinese troops massacred Tibetans.
However, according to The Journal, Iger reportedly apologized to Chinese President Xi Jinping for releasing the film and exposing China’s human rights violations.
Another example is that Bob Iger has refused to criticize or condemn the Chinese communist government’s repression of pro-democracy and pro-freedom demonstrators in Hong Kong. So the President of Disney was strongly criticized for his complicit silence.
But Iger not only kept silent to protect his friends in China’s socialist government, but he also ordered subordinate companies or subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Company not to talk about it. A clear example is ESPN, where its journalists were ordered to avoid any discussion related to China’s human rights violations in Hong Kong.
The benefits of silence
Disney’s support for China -sometimes unspoken, sometimes explicit- has generated great benefits for the company. One example is the opening of Shanghai Disneyland in June 2016.
At the time, Iger said the project was the “biggest opportunity the company has had since Walt Disney himself bought a piece of land in Central Florida (where Disney World is located).”
The project in total cost 5.5 billion USD. What the company did not say was that 57% of the project is owned by the Chinese communist government, which acquired participation through the state-owned Shanghai Shendi company.