Patriotic Millionaire Abigail Disney has been one of the most outspoken advocates on our issues for years, and we are excited to share the news of yet another incredible and impactful piece of work that her and her team have produced.
The nonprofit Sundance Institute recently announced that The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales – a film that Abigail co-directed and co-produced – will have its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival on January 24th. The film uses Abigail’s family’s story as a backdrop to better understand inequality in America and why the American Dream seems to work out well for wealthy people but not for everyone else.
Promoting the need for economic justice both here in the US and around the world is nothing new for Abigail. For years she has been vocal about the need for governments to do more to address destabilizing levels of income and wealth inequality. Like all of our members, she believes it is far past time for governments to do more to make the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share for the societal infrastructure that makes their success possible.
Abigail has been particularly vocal about wage injustices at her family’s company. In 2019, she publicly criticized then-Disney CEO Bob Iger on Twitter over his $65.6 million compensation package. This was 1,424 times more than what the median employee at Disney made at the time, and certainly more than Disneyland employees who are paid so little that they sleep in their cars. She called Iger’s pay package “insane” and, while making it clear that she thought that Iger was a brilliant man who deserved to be rewarded well, asserted that “No one on this freaking planet is worth that kind of money.”
We need more wealthy people like Abigail willing to have uncomfortable (and sometimes contentious) conversations about wealth and inequality. Abigail herself has said that it’s hard for rich people to go up against their own class and call each other out, but there’s simply too much at stake and too much economic suffering going on around the world for us to stay silent.
We congratulate Abigail on the premiere of her new film, and can’t wait to watch it!