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Fired Marvel Exec Victoria Alonso Says She Was 'Silenced' By Disney

Fired Marvel Exec Victoria Alonso Says She Was 'Silenced' By Disney

Victoria Alonso

In a statement, her attorney says "she was terminated when she refused to do something she believed was reprehensible."

Victoria Alonso, the lesbian executive who was recently fired from Marvel Studios, is firing back against claims about why she was let go.

At first, there were rumors that Alonso was fired due to problems with Marvel’s special effects workers and the final product in the studio's popular series of Marvel Cinematic Universe films and movies. However, Marvel Studios quickly announced that she was fired because of a clause in her contract that prohibited her from working on projects with other studios.

Alonso was a producer of the Oscar-nominated film Argentina, 1985, which was co-produced by Amazon Studios. Alonso not only produced the film, but promoted it during Oscar season when the Marvel film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was also nominated. It was reported that she was then fired for “breach of contract and violation of Disney’s standards of business conduct.”

Now, Variety has a statement from attorney Patty Glaser, who is representing Alonso in her departure from Disney, who says that Disney and Marvel gave Alonso their blessing to promote the film.

“The idea that Victoria was fired over a handful of press interviews relating to a personal passion project about human rights and democracy that was nominated for an Oscar and which she got Disney’s blessing to work on is absolutely ridiculous,” Glaser said. “Victoria, a gay Latina who had the courage to criticize Disney, was silenced. Then she was terminated when she refused to do something she believed was reprehensible. Disney and Marvel made a really poor decision that will have serious consequences. There is a lot more to this story and Victoria will be telling it shortly—in one forum or another.”

According to insiders, after Alonso criticized Disney CEO Bob Chapek last year about Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, she was in hot water with the company and was told she wasn’t allowed to do press for Marvel anymore.

“So I ask you again Mr. Chapek: please respect—if we’re selling family—take a stand against all of these crazy outdated laws,” she said at the time. “Take a stand for family. Stop saying that you tolerate us. We deserve the right to live, love, and have. More importantly, we deserve an origin story.”

A spokesperson for Disney replied to Glaser’s comments.

“It’s unfortunate that Victoria is sharing a narrative that leaves out several key factors concerning her departure, including an indisputable breach of contract and a direct violation of company policy,” they said. “We will continue to wish her the best for the future and thank her for her numerous contributions to the studio.”

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