It seems that even though Carano’s firing is in the past, the controversy surrounding the decision is not. In this context, Chapek’s statement makes perfect sense, addressing concerns while reiterating the values that the company seeks to uphold, like decency and inclusion.
During a call with Disney shareholders, CEO Bob Chapek was asked about the Carano situation, with one investor even suggesting the decision indicated new blacklist in the works at the company. Chapek responded by speaking to the core values of the Disney brand and positioning it as existing outside a traditional political framework:
I don’t really see Disney as characterizing itself as left-leaning or right-leaning, yet instead standing for values. Values that are universal, values of respect, values of decency, values of integrity, and values of inclusion. And we seek to have not only how we operate, but the content that we make, reflective of the rich diversity of the world that we live in. And I think that’s a world that we all should live in in harmony and peace.
Even so, instead of really addressing the question, Chapek chose more to sidestep and emphasize certain positive characteristics. This approach was likely taken in an attempt to not give the fiery question any more oxygen.