by Brandon Butler
Disney announces 28,000 layoffs 9/29/2020

Sarah Whitten for CNBC:

Prolonged closures at Disney’s California-based theme parks and limited attendance at its open parks has forced the company to lay off 28,000 employees across its parks, experiences and consumer products division, the company said.

In a memo sent to employees on Tuesday, Josh D’Amaro, head of parks at Disney, detailed several “difficult decisions” the company has had to make in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, including ending its furlough of thousands of employees.

Sad news, but I take exception with Disney blaming the State of California’s “unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen”. California is doing what’s best for it’s people, not what’s best for a mega-corporation. I am sad Disneyland has been closed for six months; I am sad 28,000 Disney employees lost their jobs today; And I am sad over 200,000 Americans have died from this virus. But California is making the difficult and right decisions to keep people safe.

(Seriously, fuck the Governor of Florida: he is literally killing people by reopening bars and restaurants at full capacity.)

And meanwhile the rest of the world just shakes their heads in disbelief.