Woke Disney just got somewhat woker, indicating where the company’s political and cultural focus really are (and it’s not on preserving its, or the country’s, traditional values).
According to reports on Tuesday, Disney announced the company has hired a former Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton alum to be its new communications chief, figuring that no one can spin left-wing policy decisions better than a leftist.
Kristina Schake, who has led the Biden administration’s Covid vaccination education efforts and previously served as communications director for First Lady Michelle Obama and later in a top role in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, is joining The Walt Disney Co. as its lead spokesperson.
Schake will report to Geoff Morrell, the company’s chief corporate affairs officer.
President Joe Biden appointed Schake last year to lead the Covid vaccination campaign at the Department of Health and Human Services, where she was counselor to secretary for strategic communications. She departed at the end of last year.
She previously was deputy communications director for Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She also served as special assistant to President Barack Obama and communications director for Michelle Obama.
Schake has also served a stint as Instagram’s global communications director.
“Her experience in the public and private sectors, in political and corporate campaigns, make her ideally suited for this important role and to help me integrate communications with government relations, public policy, and corporate social responsibility into a new Corporate Affairs team,” Morrell said in a statement.
“Together with the exceptional professionals at Disney, we will help the world’s greatest storytelling company engage even more effectively with our many stakeholders around the world,” he added.
The outlet said that Schake will be moving back to California, where at one point she was senior communications strategist for then-first lady Maria Schriver, who was, at the time, still married to then-RINO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. She also served in that position for the Women’s Conference and the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative.
A born leftist, “Schake also co-founded the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and was ultimately overturned with a Supreme Court decision in 2013,” Deadline reported, adding: “She started her career working for Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.”
Meanwhile, Disney is locked in a battle with the GOP-run state of Florida over its newly passed “Parental Rights in Education” law which forbids discussion of sexual orientation and transgenderism in grades K-3 because their young minds are not yet capable of grasping such complex subjects.
“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,” said a statement from Disney, which posted the message on its corporate Twitter feed.
“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,” the statement continued.
The pushback against a duly-passed state law — certainly none of Disney’s business — has The Mouse House on the verge of losing its special self-governing status in the Sunshine State, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who suggested last week he is considering revoking it.
“And so the political influence they’re used to wielding, I think has dissipated. And so the question is, why would you want to have special privileges in the law at all? And I don’t think that we should,” he said.