Fact Check: Disney CEO Did NOT Admit Company Made 'A Huge Mistake Going Woke' -- This Article Is From A Satirical Site

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Disney CEO Did NOT Admit Company Made 'A Huge Mistake Going Woke' -- This Article Is From A Satirical Site Satirical Site

Did the Disney CEO admit that Disney made "a huge mistake by going woke"? No, that's not true: This article was created by the satirical website, USA Taters. The article falsely states that Disney's CEO is Joe Barron. Walt Disney's CEO is Bob Chapek at the time of writing. There is also an explicit satire disclaimer on the About Us page of this website.

The claim originated in an article published by USA Taters titled "After Devastating Losses, Disney CEO Admits Company Made 'A Huge Mistake' Going Woke" (archived here), which opened:

Walt Disney Enterprises LLC made a huge mistake going woke, according to its very own CEO, Joe Barron. Barron says the company made a hasty decision and already regrets it.

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

After Devastating Losses, Disney CEO Admits Company Made 'A Huge Mistake' Going Woke

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(Source: USA Taters screenshot taken on April 18 13:59:24 2022 UTC)

In the first sentence of this article, USA Taters claims the Disney CEO is Joe Barron, a name frequently used on this website's network of satirical sites as a tribute to a writer who passed away some time ago. The current CEO of the Walt Disney company is Bob Chapek, at the time of writing. Chapek has been the CEO since February 25, 2020.

On their About Us page, USA Taters explicitly states that they write fictional content:

Usataters.com is a subsidiary of the "America's Last Line of Defense" network of parody, satire, and tomfoolery ... Everything on this website is fiction.

Here is another Disney claim Lead Stories debunked. Patriot Party Press, another satirical website in the "America's Last Line of Defense" network, wrote that Disney shareholders panicked after a $2.4 billion loss in a single day.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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