I’ve worked in casinos in Las Vegas for 20 years and agree with this, my feelings about how someone lives their life are irrelevant as long as I treat them the same as the guest before them and the guest after them.
I think the concept of inclusion has changed over the years from treating everyone equally to being pressured into approving of lifestyles whether you agree with them or not, and if you don’t cave to that pressure you just may be cancelled.
Agreed and understood! And that may be a big part of why there was such a huge disconnect between the reaction to all this from Parks employees versus the reaction to this from Studios employees.
At the Parks, this issue was almost non-existent, at least from a PR perspective. No one protested on Harbor Blvd. or walked out in Anaheim (with 30,000 on site CM's at the Disneyland Resort). And in Orlando, apparently only one (1) brave young man went out onto World Drive with a sign on Tuesday (with 60,000+ on site CM's at Walt Disney World).
Meanwhile, at Pixar Studios in Emeryville they got two dozen people to walk out (with only 1,000 on site employees there).
In Burbank, they got 98 people to walk out and go to brunch on Tuesday (with only about 5,000 on site employees at the overall Animation/Studios/Corporate campus there).
The average Park CM deals with a broad range of people every single day, every single hour. Many of the folks CM's deal with daily are wonderful people, some are horrible people, and a few are absolute nutjobs. But the CM's smile and nod and assign them to Row 3 on the next boat regardless. And they don't make a stink about it.
There really did seem to be a class divide on this issue with Disney employees. The hard-working blue collar Parks employees didn't have much passion around it, or an ability to "walk out" even for a coffee break much less take off a whole day. The white collar Studios and Corporate employees seemed to be quite indignant over it and free to openly mock and criticize senior executives, plus seemed excited to have a new excuse why they shouldn't have to move to Florida.