Atlanta season 4 episode 8 doesn’t include the regular cast. Rather, it’s a mockumentary about the first black Disney CEO creating “the blackest movie of all time.” The play claims that due to a name mix-up, Thomas Washington was elevated to CEO.
A miscommunication led the board to choose Thomas Washington, a white man, for the position instead of the other candidate. Thomas began work on “the blackest movie of all time,” a film that would address all facets of African-American culture.
Sadly, Thomas vanished from sight in 1995 after witnessing Disney’s upper management alter his original plan for the movie’s resolution. Nevertheless, Thomas’ brief employment left a lasting impression, according to his wife. Is there exists a Thomas Washington Disney?
Though he is fictitious, Thomas Washington is most likely modelled after the first African American employee of Disney.
There is no such person as Thomas Washington. The writers of the Atlanta episode in which Washington appears, Karen Joseph Adcock and Francesca Sloane, are the creators of Washington.
Disney has never named a Black male CEO, despite being accused of being “woke.” Michael Eisner served as Disney’s CEO from the early 1990s as depicted in the movie until 2005.
Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney, served as a likely source of inspiration for the writers. According to Norman, who grew up in Santa Barbara, California, he was protected from racism.
“We were in a paradise on the Pacific. Although I was unaware of it at the time, my childhood experience was probably very different from that of a very large number of individuals. We had access to excellent schools, concerts, and theatres.
Ignorant of the possibility that his race would have hurt him, Norman applied for a job at Disney. Floyd told the outlet that although there were chances, black people did not choose to apply for them. According to Norman, “there was a perception that opportunities were not available for people of colour.”
Floyd went on to say that he didn’t care that he was the first black animator at Disney because he worked with individuals of all races. He clarified:
Since that wasn’t the main problem, nobody gave it any thought. No one considered themselves to be a pioneer in their race or community. We were just some young children trying to find work.