WATCH: Knowles Sees Potential ‘Political Awakening’ from Alleged Disney DEI Discrimination

June 25th, 2024 3:40 PM

The Daily Wire podcast host Michael Knowles pointed to allegations of insane racial discrimination at the Walt Disney Corporation, calling for the end of American tolerance for discriminatory diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. 

On the June 21 edition of The Michael Knowles Show, Knowles reacted to footage provided by independent journalist James O’Keefe showing a senior vice president at Disney discussing alleged racial discrimination in hiring and promotions at the corporation. This executive, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Michael Giordano, spoke not only on how this discrimination affected his own career, but also said that Disney’s approach had harmed others. 

Knowles was not surprised to hear about potential DEI discrimination at Disney. “No one is surprised at all that Disney and pretty much every other corporation is discriminating against white men. This has been the law of the land for decades now. This is the point of affirmative action,” Knowles said. However, he pointed out the significance of a white executive at a leftist company like Disney complaining about this state of affairs, saying that this could spark a “political awakening” amongst victims of DEI in America. 

Knowles made the case that affected Americans needed to speak up for themselves, vote for their interests and sue for their civil rights:

“The only way that’s going to change is if the white guys like this Disney employee come out and say ‘Hey, I’m a white guy and you’re treating me unfairly because I’m a white guy and I’m not going to take it anymore. And I’m going to vote for candidates who aren’t going to treat me unfairly because I’m a white guy. And I’m going to bring lawsuits against companies that treat me unfairly because I’m a white guy. And I’m gonna favor a politics that says, “you need to treat me fairly.”’ That’s the only way it changes.”

While he wasn’t surprised by the allegations, Knowles did address the specific claims of discrimination. He stated, “Disney has gone so far that apparently when a half-black guy went up for a promotion, he didn’t get the promotion because he didn’t look black enough.”

In addition to accusing Disney of judging a black man by the color of his skin, Giordano said that Disney refused to promote him because he was a white male. He stated that human resources employees explicitly told him that they were “not considering any white males” for a job.

Notably, Giordano’s remarks contradict Disney’s 2023 claim that “[a]s an equal opportunity employer, applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or other protected categories.” 

Giordano’s claims follow the leak of alleged internal Disney documents requiring “50% or more” of actors, writers and other employees of Disney productions to “come from underrepresented groups.” 

Real America’s Voice co-host Amanda Head also blasted Disney over Giordano’s allegations, saying that Walt Disney would be “rolling over in his grave” over the current state of his now “woke” company and that “Disney might have a big lawsuit on their hands.” Head referred to Disney’s alleged hiring practices as “just another example of the left’s so-called anti-racism efforts that are just extraordinarily racist at the bottom.”

Conservatives are under attack! Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News (818) 460-7477, CBS News (212) 975-3247 and NBC News (212) 664-6192 and demand they report on the dangers of leftist DEI ideology infecting corporate America.