Bob Iger Defends Disney After Bernie Sanders Attack
"To Bernie Sanders: We created 11,000 new jobs at Disneyland in the past decade, and our company has created 18,000 in the U.S. in the last five years. How many jobs have you created? What have you contributed to the U.S. economy?" Iger wrote in a private Facebook post.
Bob Iger did not take an attack on Disney from Bernie Sanders lying down.
After the Democratic presidential candidate spent Tuesday in Anaheim, Calif., blasting Disney for not paying workers at its theme parks — including nearby Disneyland — enough money, the CEO responded in a private Facebook post.
"To Bernie Sanders: We created 11,000 new jobs at Disneyland in the past decade, and our company has created 18,000 in the U.S. in the last five years. How many jobs have you created? What have you contributed to the U.S. economy?" Iger wrote in his post.
Sanders spent a decent amount of time criticizing Disney while speaking at the Anaheim Convention Center, and his remarks were a topic of conversation on conservative talk radio on Wednesday.
"Anybody make a living wage working for Disney?" Sanders asked supporters.
He continued his attack last night.
Disney, he said, "pays its workers so low that many are forced to live in motels, because they can't afford a decent place to live. Meanwhile, Disney made a record-breaking profit of nearly $3 billion last quarter."
Sanders also took Iger — though not by name — to task for his large salary. In the most recent fiscal year, Iger earned $44.9 million, down from $46.5 million a year earlier. Sanders also accused Disney of sending work overseas and "exploiting people in China."
A Disney spokesman has since offered the following statement on behalf of the company:
"Mr. Sanders clearly doesn't have his facts right. The Disneyland Resort generates more than $5.7 billion annually for the local economy, and as the area's largest employer has added more than 11,000 jobs over the last decade, a 65 percent increase. These numbers don't take into account our $1 billion expansion to add a Star Wars-themed land, which will create thousands of additional jobs across multiple sectors."