If you own one share of a publicly traded company, you have the power (and the right!) to call out corporate leftism during the company’s annual meeting. Being an informed and engaged voter is an easy introduction to your involvement in battling corporate activism. But the next steps for shareholders displeased with the direction a corporation is headed in, is to join the annual meetings and directly call out the executives making those decisions.
In both the 2020 and 2021 shareholder seasons, questions arose in annual meetings regarding the reasoning behind why corporations are supporting (or vehemently opposing) various items – political spending, supporting select charity organizations, executive pay and much more. But most recently, a question was posed to the CEO of Disney that millions of Americans undoubtedly also wanted the answer to.
After Disney fired actress Gina Carano from “The Mandalorian” on Disney+ for a series of tweets, conservatives and free thinkers alike were enraged by the continued hypocrisy streaming from Disney’s executives. Disney fired Carano for making the comparison of ostracizing someone for their political views to that of the Nazis in Germany, while ignoring a similar comparison from costar Pedro Pascal. The only difference? Disney execs agreed with one standpoint but not the other.
Disney’s blatant political firing of an actress who holds differing viewpoints is completely unacceptable. In America, we once prided ourselves for being an expansive melting pot of political, ideological and cultural backgrounds, yet more united than any other nation. But now with corporate activism and conservative censorship on the rise, the cancellation of differing viewpoints has seeped its way into every industry on every level.
“It’s clear there’s a new blacklist punishing conservatives in the entertainment industry. Disney+ actors Pedro Pascal and Gina Carano tweeted similar analogies of current political events to Nazi Germany, yet only Carano—who is considered conservative—was fired from ‘The Mandalorian.’ Disney and the blacklist: This is the way?” David W. Almasi, a bold investor, asked the Disney CEO during their annual shareholder meeting.
“Most shareholder meetings reserve time for such questions. It’s a unique opportunity for average Americans to address CEOs and other high-ranking executives in front of their boards of directors, other executives, investors, and the media. The price of admission is as little as owning one share of the company’s stock,” Almasi writes.
This is a great example of how an engaged and informed shareholder can show up to courageously voice your values in annual meetings. It’s not every day you can go toe to toe with the CEO of a massive corporation and question their business decisions. Take a stand and join those meetings. Pose the questions that other shareholders, employees and customers across the nation wish they could ask themselves. All it takes is one person to stand up to launch the pendulum back in the other direction and begin to bring companies back to neutral.