Disney Settles “Don’t Say Gay” Lawsuit

Disney Shanan Guinn lawsuit Don't Say Gay
Credit: Disney

The Walt Disney Company has never been one to shy away completely from politics. Going as far back as World War II, Walt Disney famously made propaganda videos for the United States military. However, there may not have been a time like this before — when Disney has been receiving so much backlash for its political stance.

Donald Duck military movie

Credit: D23

A majority of the backlash began when former Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke out against Florida’s controversial Parental Rights in Education Bill. The bill was dubbed by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill.” The bill was championed by Republicans and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, but decried by groups like the Human Rights Campaign.

It’s been almost two years since the debacle began, but Disney is still dealing with some of the fallout.

epcot disney world pride month wall mural rainbow paint

Credit: Ashley Carter, Twitter

Related: Bob Chapek Addresses Backlash For Disney’s Stance on “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

On February 8, the news broke that Disney had settled a lawsuit brought by a former BP Oil executive who was supposed to work for the House of Mouse at one point.

Shanan Guinn claimed that she was offered a position within Disney’s corporate affairs department when Geoff Morrell was in charge. Unfortunately, Morrell was fired before Guinn’s contract was set to begin. Morrell was only with Disney for three months but, within that time, he managed to make a number of notable gaffes.

Geoff Morrell Disney

Credit: Geoff Morrell Twitter

Morrell was the main force behind the way Chapek didn’t address and then did address the “Don’t Say Gay” controversy. He also accidentally leaked the opening date of Walt Disney World Resort’s newest attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

Guinn said that her offer was wrongfully rescinded as the company continued to fight with Governor DeSantis and made a number of personnel changes. She said that she was lured to the company, only to have the lucrative offer yanked away.

Guardians of the galaxy cosmic rewind Epcot Animal kingdom theme park Walt disney world tree of life discovery island DinoLand USA retheme zootopia bug encanto Indiana Jones dinosaur disney park

Credit: Disney

Related: Bob Iger Addresses Controversial “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Disney argued that Guinn signed a contract, and in that contract, Disney was given the right to revoke the offer at any time. They also claimed that it wasn’t wrongful termination because they had not hidden anything from Guinn, nor had they been untruthful. They said that the offer was rescinded simply because of the employment shakeup within the company.

marvel replaces mickey mouse disney world multiverse of madness marvel studios marvel entertainment walt disney company Marvel cinematic universe marvel comics oswald the lucky rabbit iconic character

Credit: Disney

The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, but lawyers for both Disney and Guinn informed the courts that a deal had been made.

Neither side has commented on the settlement.

Do you think Disney should still be paying for things Bob Chapek said and did years ago? Let us know in the comments!

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!


  1. Regardless of CHAPEK DISMISSAL at the time he was fully in charged and what ever agreement that were made ,
    Disney should honour them .

  2. The words don’t say gay was never in the bill!!!! Stop calling the bill by that name.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.