Disney executive admits anti-white hiring policy in secret footage

People gather at the Magic Kingdom theme park before the "Festival of Fantasy" parade at Walt Disney World in Orlando

People gather at the Magic Kingdom theme park before the "Festival of Fantasy" parade at Walt Disney World in Orlando

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Jack Walters

By Jack Walters


Published: 24/06/2024

- 19:49

Michael Giordano, senior vice president of The Walt Disney Company, revealed that 'diversity, equity, and inclusion' (DEI) policies have hampered the hiring and promotion of white people

A Disney executive has admitted the company’s anti-white hiring policy in secret footage.

Michael Giordano, senior vice president of The Walt Disney Company, revealed that “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) policies have hampered the hiring and promotion of white people.


In footage circulating on social media, Giordano said: “You know, I’ve been in the company 11 years now, so I have friends in HR, and I have friends in other divisions.

“And they’re like, look, nobody else is going to tell you this, Mike, but they’re not considering any white males for the job.”

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People gather at the Magic Kingdom theme park before the "Festival of Fantasy" parade at Walt Disney World in Orlando

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He also claimed that Disney uses buzzwords to avoid legal action.

Giordano alleged that a mixed race candidate was not hired because he was not visibly black enough and did not have the look they wanted.

“They want a certain percentage of the diversity here,” he said. “A certain percentage of diversity there.”

He went on to question his own chances of progressing at the company.

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He also claimed that Disney uses buzzwords to avoid legal action

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Giordano said: “As far as Disney is concerned, I’m a white male.

“That’s not who they’re looking at promoting.”

Giordano has taken a “leave of absence” since the video circulated on social media.

Elon Musk weighed in on social media, joining other activists calling for a boycott against Disney.

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Responding to the footage, the Tesla CEO said: “This is messed up.”

Musk previously claimed: “If you were discriminated against by Disney or its subsidiaries (ABC, ESPN, Marvel, etc), just reply to this post to receive legal support.”

The latest scandal hitting Disney comes after chief executive Bob Iger claimed the company would focus on entertaining over advancing “any kind of agenda”.

"I've always believed that we have a responsibility to do good in the world, but we know our job is not to advance any kind of agenda," he said in a live-streamed meeting.

"For as long as I'm in the job, I'm going to continue to be guided by a sense of decency and respect, and we'll always trust our instincts."

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