Abigail Disney’s latest series lifts the curtain on the happiest place on Earth. In The American Dream and Other Tales, the activist, philanthropist and filmmaker follows up her directorial debut, Armor of Light, with a look at her family business, the Disney global media empire. In our exclusive clip of the Sundance doc produced by Disney and Kathleen Hughes, the former takes the issue of inequality to Capitol Hill before the House Financial Services Committee.
“Today I hope to raise some simple questions about CEO compensation. Does the CEO’s salary have anything to do with what maids and janitors get?’ – she asks. “Do people who spend their entire lives at the lowest end of the wage spectrum deserve a living wage? This is a moral issue,” she emphasizes. “The onus is not on Disney alone, and Disney is far from the worst offender.”
Disney continues to explain that Disney can raise the wages of all its workers – some are on food stamps, sleep in their cars, and go without health care because they can’t afford it – up to the living wage. “Humans created this problem, and humans can fix it,” explains Disney.
“The film uses the Walt Disney Company as a lens through which to see the dramatic changes in the norms and laws of American business culture over the past 50 years, changes that have left us with historic income inequality and deep debt to Americans. employee” Disney told us. She wanted to argue the need for a “complete moral overhaul of the American business system.”
“The American Dream and Other Tales” now in theaters and will be available on VOD on September 23rd.