Disney CEO Bob Chapek has made some very public errors of late, together with his dealing with of the corporate’s response to Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Homosexual” invoice.
This weekend, Chapek returned to his alma mater, the College of Indiana, to obtain an honorary doctorate and ship a graduation speech. In it, he gave a heartfelt account of rising up in Hammond, Indiana, his household’s yearly journeys to Disney World and his time on the college finding out microbiology. It was not with out its missteps, nonetheless.
Within the speech, the Disney CEO in contrast himself to Iron Man and mistook Disneyland’s motto for that of Disney World.
“IU was my ticket to a brand new life…I used to be form of determined. Determined to exhibit my worthiness and determined to not waste a dime of my dad and mom’ cash on a faculty that was frankly testing my limits on the time,” mentioned Chapek. “However that desperation turned to willpower and my dream of defying expectations and the percentages took over. And similar to Iron Man attracts his power from that Arc Reactor, I get a thump from my drive to show myself each single day. It’s a lifetime energy provide that pushes me by doubts, difficulties and round those that underestimate youngsters from the area.”
Whereas Chapek ran Disney’s Parks division for 5 years earlier than taking up as CEO in 2020, in his speech this weekend he mistakenly referred to Walt Disney World as “The Happiest Place on Earth.” That, after all, is Disneyland’s motto. Disney World is “The Most Magical Place on Earth.”
You possibly can watch his speech in its entirety under.