Earlier this month, Variety reported how the Disney CEO Bob Chapek responded after catching wind of the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation in Florida.
“The biggest impact we can have in creating a more inclusive world is through the inspiring content we produce, the welcoming culture we create here and the diverse community organizations we support, including those representing the LGBTQ+ community,” he wrote.
I do not want anyone to mistake a lack of statement for a lack of support. We all share the same goal of a more tolerant, respectful world. Where we may differ is in the tactics to get there.”
Chapek also shared that Disney had not donated to politicians specifically regarding the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, but the company contributed to “Republican and Democrat legislators who have subsequently taken positions on both sides of the legislation.”
Chapek also announced in an email to all Disney employees how he would pause donations in the state during a restructuring of its political giving framework.
He also followed up and apologized to all identifying-LGBTQIA+ employees as well.
“It is clear that this is not just an issue about a bill in Florida, but instead yet another challenge to basic human rights,” he wrote. “You needed me to be a stronger ally in the fight for equal rights and I let you down. I am sorry.”
However, according to PEOPLE, the actress said she "was very clear" in response to Disney after the company's response to the LGBTQ-related legislation.
"They might murder off my character in Cheaper by the Dozen," she said.
"The sequel [might be], 'Zoey has died in a tragic accident.' The reality is, I don't know — I will never know how my name is spoken of in rooms due to me telling the truth, right? I have no idea. Luckily, there's enough other companies willing to hire me, knowing that I tell the truth, and I will not be held back by fear [of taking] my career away," she added. "I'm Black in Hollywood. What does that even mean?"
This is just weeks after the 49-year-old praised the company for its progression in the Cheaper By The Dozen film, which she shared with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month.
"I'm incredibly proud of this, especially right now, because we actually say gay."