We prefer to believe that job hiring is based on skill or perhaps past work history. This is not the case in the world of Disney. The company has a detailed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) policy outlining numerous criteria that managers must consider when making appointments. The policy specifies that hiring someone who has experience working on a show in the past does not align with the principles of inclusive hiring. Fifty percent of individuals in roles such as producers, writers, and contractors must be from marginalized communities. Recruiters are not allowed to inquire about a candidate’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, age, disability, or other protected categories. This unusual guideline, applicable to all US and Canadian productions, was recently published by Elon Musk, who received it from an anonymous source within Disney. The owner of Tesla, SpaceX, and X (formerly Twitter), Musk, has frequently criticized diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in Hollywood as ineffective and discriminating against straight, white men. He shared his opinions on the matter on X. Someone who did not provide their name has just sent me this information from Disney.
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