Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently lavished praise on Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy less than a month after she had a spokesman fire and lie about The Mandalorian’s Gina Carano.
Chapek’s statement came during an appearance at a virtual conference hosted by Morgan Stanley.
YouTuber Not My STAR WARS captured the conversation and shared parts of it to his channel.
At around the six minute mark, Ben Swinburne of Morgan Stanley asks Chapek, “What are you guys doing? What are you and Kevin and the team doing to make sure that Marvel continues to thrive particularly as you weave in Disney+ and the amount of content coming to us is going up, pretty dramatically?”
Chapek responded, “I would say the situation is the same for Marvel as it is Lucas. And it goes to speak to the talent of not only Kevin and his team, but Kathy Kennedy and her team over at Lucas.”
He added, “We are really fortunate to have both groups being led by such stellar, creative talent.”
Chapek continued, “But in terms of fatigue, I guess that’s borne out in the numbers. So the creative canvas, if you will, is very broad for both Lucas and Star Wars as well as Disney and very multidimension.
“Yes, it’s superheroes in Marvel’s case, but it’s more. And yes, it’s a galaxy far far away for Lucas, but it’s very more. And they are just going to keep on growing because of the creative talent we have,” he added.
Chapek continued to shower praise on Kennedy and Feige. He would state, “That’s where they are at their best. Managing that mythology so there are little pieces here and there that they dribble and they all connect. It’s really amazing. Geniuses.”
He would later call Kennedy “an absolute treasure for us.” Chapek stated, “Well, just like Kevin and Kathy and Sean at the studio, Jimmy, Dana, Peter, and John are absolute treasures for us from a creative standpoint. Driving this machine, but giving you the type of content that you saw at the Investor conference.”
This praise from Chapek came after Lucasfilm president cowardly had a spokesman release a two sentence statement revealing they had fired The Mandalorian actor Gina Carano.
Not only would the statement reveal they had fired Carano, but they would lie about her, claiming she denigrated people, something which she did not do.
The statement read, “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future.”
It added, “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
What Carano actually posted was a warning that being hateful towards your neighbors can lead to extreme violence and that is abhorrently wrong.
You can see the post below, which was posted to her Instagram Story below.
But since Chapek noted we should look at the numbers, how about we do just that, and they expose Chapek’s words as lies. It’s no wonder, if the Lucasfilm president lies about how they fired Gina Carano, why wouldn’t the CEO of the company lie about their brands and franchises as well. Company culture starts at the top after all, and people follow the examples of their leaders.
Star Wars is not growing, it’s in decline as the box office returns from the Disney sequel trilogy.
As reported by The-Numbers, The Force Awakens grossed $2.065 billion worldwide. It would also earn an estimated $191 million in domestic video sales.
The Last Jedi would significantly drop to $1.332 billion worldwide at the box office. It’s domestic video sales fell to $100 million.
Finally, The Rise of Skywalker only earned $1.072 billion worldwide and $66.56 million in domestic video sales.
Box office revenue declined over 48% from The Force Awakens to The Rise of Skywalker and that’s not even factoring in inflation. Domestic video sales plummeted over 65%.
Not only is Star Wars in decline at the box office, but recent information regarding Disney+’s trending tab also details that The Mandalorian is in decline as well.
Two months after its season finale, the show has fallen to 17th on the Disney+ trending list. It didn’t fall to 17th until April 2020 following the first season. That’s a massive two month difference.
But Star Wars is going to keep growing according to Bob Chapek. It’s not growing. It’s shrinking, and shrinking rapidly.