$1.2 billion is the amount that Avengers: Endgame raked in after two days in theaters worldwide and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has called on Disney to more or less spread the wealth.
The junior United States Senator from Vermont and presidential candidate took to Twitter on Monday and requested that the company use the record-breaking profits from the superhero movie to pay all its employees "a middle-class wage."
The self-proclaimed socialist tweeted a post that contained a link to a Bloomberg article that focused on Avengers: Endgame's record-shattering opening weekend box-office returns of $1.2 billion worldwide.
Mr. Sanders used the article to slam Disney's CEO Bob Iger who made $65.6 million while Walt Disney World Resort workers had to fight to obtain a $15 minimum wage.
Sanders explained: "What would be truly heroic is if Disney used its profits from Avengers to pay all of its workers a middle-class wage, instead of paying its CEO Bob Iger $65.6 million – over 1,400 times as much as the average worker at Disney makes."
The company, which is a leader in the American animation industry television and theme parks, is often a targetted by Sanders.
Most recently he bashed the corporation’s management practices, by saying this at a California rally: “I want to hear the moral defense of a company that makes $9 billion in profits, $400 million for their CEOs and have a 30-year worker going hungry.”
Sanders added: “The struggle that you are waging here in Anaheim is not just for you. It is a struggle for millions of workers all across this country who are sick and tired of working longer hours for lower wages.”
Disney, which was initially founded in 1923, by brothers Walt and Roy O. Disney; had a revenue of US$59.434 billion in 2018.
Sanders has a surprising ally in his fight against the corporation, Abigail Disney, the heiress to The Walt Disney Company.
The granddaughter of Roy Disney did an interview on CNBC's Squawk Box where she said that she wants to pay more taxes and ridiculed Iger by saying: "If your CEO salary is at the 700, 600, 500 times your median workers' pay, there is nobody on Earth, Jesus Christ himself isn't worth 500 times his median workers' pay. CEOs, in general, are paid far too much."
Disney, who is known for criticizing income equality in the U.S, also added: "I can't sit back and accumulate wealth simply because I inherited it. The problem is that there's a systematic favoring of people who have accumulated an enormous amount of wealth. The U.S. must make structural changes by taxing the wealthy."
Do you think Disney should help its workers more, yes or no?