Former Biden COVID messaging aide lands at Disney amid ‘wokeness’ turmoil


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The Walt Disney Firm has announced that Kristina Schake, who had led President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine schooling efforts, has been employed as its govt vice chairman of worldwide communications.

In her new position, Schake, who additionally served as international communications director for Instagram, will “be responsible for the Company’s worldwide communications strategy and operations, while also serving as lead spokesperson,” in response to Disney.

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The Walt Disney Co. emblem seems on a display screen above the ground of the New York Inventory Change.
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“I could not be more pleased to welcome Kristina to Disney and to have her leading communications for the company,” Morrell stated in an announcement. 

Schake was appointed in 2021 by Biden as counselor to the secretary for strategic communications on the Division of Well being and Human Providers and departed on the finish of the 12 months. She beforehand served because the deputy communications director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential marketing campaign and as a particular assistant to former President Obama and communications director for former first girl Michelle Obama.

The grand opening ceremony for Walt Disney World's Fantasyland in Lake Buena Vista, Florida December 6, 2012.

The grand opening ceremony for Walt Disney World’s Fantasyland in Lake Buena Vista, Florida December 6, 2012.
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Schake’s arrival on the firm comes amid Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s opposition to Florida’s Parental Rights in Training invoice that was lately signed into legislation by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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The legislation prohibits Florida academics from instructing very younger college students — these in kindergarten by means of third grade — about gender id and sexual orientation.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek on May 8, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek on Could 8, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.
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Regardless of critics branding it a “Don’t Say Gay” invoice, the measure doesn’t ban the phrase “gay” at school settings. 

Disney condemned the invoice in an official assertion late final month.

“Florida’s HB 1557, also known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, should never have passed and should never have been signed into law,” the assertion, posted on the Walt Disney Firm’s Twitter web page, reads. “Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that.”

In accordance with a December 2017 piece by the New York Times, actress Lena Dunham warned Schake when she was with the Clinton marketing campaign that disgraced former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, a Clinton backer, was a rapist. 

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Dunham, troubled by Weinstein’s “visible presence during Clinton’s run,” stated she advised Schake: “I think it’s a really bad idea for him to host fund-raisers and be involved because it’s an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault.” She stated Schake appeared stunned and stated she would inform Clinton Marketing campaign Supervisor Robby Mook.

Schake denied that Dunham had talked about rape and Mook stated nobody had warned him about Weinstein, in response to the Instances.

Day by day Submit’ Maureen Mackey and Keith Koffler contributed to this text.


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