On Friday, approximately 50 members of the Mouse Army held a protest over the company’s mandate that all employees receive both courses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by October 22. They had until September 18 to get their first poke. As you may remember, on September 9, Joe Biden announced that companies with over 100 employees would need to make sure everyone on their payrolls got the jab. And while Disney, which pretty much owns the western world at this point, certainly qualifies, the mandate in question was actually codified in an MOU with the Service Trades Council Union on August 23 of this year.
The usual objections ostensibly apply.
The protest, which took place on Lake Buena Vista Boulevard, was organized by 16-year Disney veteran Nick Caturano. Caturano said that people should be allowed to choose to receive the vaccine but that he opposed the idea of forced compliance. He added that he loved his job and did not want to lose it, but said: “I’m also more afraid that if I don’t speak up now, where does it stop?” He has received emails from cast members from across the world who empathize but don’t want to speak up for fear of getting banished to wherever people go when they are turned out by the Disney Death Star.
Reactions to Friday’s march were mixed — honks of support were mingled with single-finger salutes. Learn more about the Disney cast members’ objections at a website they’ve set up at GoofyVaccine.com.