Abigail Disney inherited her fortune from her famous family, who built an empire selling an idealized version of Main Street, USA to the public. Now, the left-leaning heiress is trashing the same ideal in a new documentary in which she calls the American Dream “a nightmare” for most people.
The American Dream and Other Fairy Taleswhich premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival, examines the Disney employee pay gap — focusing on the employees, or “cast members,” at Disneyland, who some say they are unable to afford enough food with their salary.
Their fate contrasts with the lavish compensation received by Disney’s top executives. Last year, Disney CEO Bob Chapek saw his compensation more than double to $32.5 million from $14.2 million a year earlier.
The documentary, which Abigail Disney directed with Kathleen Hughes, explores “America’s dysfunctional and unequal economy and asks why the American dream worked for the rich, but is a nightmare for those born with less,” says the movie’s official website.
Disney, who is the granddaughter of Disney co-founder Roy O. Disney, has recently urged the company to adopt more left-leaning social stances, such as its opposition to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act. .
“We need companies to step in on principle, whatever the reaction that will be,” she wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post.
“The only option for business leaders is to stand up for authenticity, generosity, joy and decency. These things are kryptonite for the agenda of the right. Fortunately, they are also the heart and the soul of the Disney brand.