With Susan Diaz off on a much deserved summer road trip, Rohini Mukherji, Susan’s cohost of the ABCDEI podcast and senior PR leader, joined Will for this week’s #ThirstList
Shang-Chi is not an “experiment”
Disney can’t seem to catch a break lately between their legal battles and a foot-in-mouth problem. Allegedly, on a Q3 earnings call, the CEO of Disney called the release of Shang-Chi, a film starring an Asian-Canadian actor, “a big experiment”. This caused some backlash from the cast, who rightly feel that this is a big moment for the Asian community. Maybe the comment didn’t come out quite right, but it goes to show that it’s important to be intentional with our language. Actions matter, but words do too.
Disney’s Spin and Turning Red
Despite our focus on the negative things lately, we’re totally not anti-Disney, and think they have some really cool stuff in the works. The Disney Original Channel just premiered ‘Spin’, a movie about an Indian-American family with a daughter torn between her family and wanting to be a DJ. And a little closer to home, a Pixar movie called ‘Turning Red’ set right here in Toronto and filled with characters of different races and religions is coming out, marking the debut of their first director that is a woman of colour. Represent!