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Step aside, Iron Man, Abigail Disney is the superhero of the hour. The granddaughter of Walt Disney Company co-founder Roy Disney just spent the weekend spitting straight facts about underprivileged and underpaid workers in the United States, specifically the ones who work for her family’s media giant. It all started Thursday on a Fast Company panel and ended with a fire Twitter thread, all inspired by the extravagant bonus awarded to Disney CEO Bob Iger.

If you’re not up on your entertainment industry news, you might have missed reporting earlier this year that Iger was awarded $65.6 million in total compensation for the Walt Disney Company’s 2018 fiscal year. The compensation consists of Iger’s $2.9 million salary as well as $18 million in bonuses and $35.4 million in stock rewards.

Whatever way you slice it, it’s A LOT of money.

Abigail spoke at the annual Fast Company Impact Council Thursday, where she called the payout “insane.”

“I like Bob Iger. Let me be very clear: I think he’s a good man. But I think he’s allowing himself to go down a road that is the road everyone is going down,” she said. “When he got his bonus last year, I did the math, and I figured out that he could have given personally, out of pocket, a 15% raise to everyone who worked at Disneyland, and still walked away with $10 million. So there’s a point at which there’s just too much going around the top of the system into this class of people who–I’m sorry this is radical–have too much money. There is such a thing.”

Disney is a documentary filmmaker, philanthropist and activist who has made the point numerous times that she is not content to sit back on her Walt Disney Company inheritance while other people are mistreated. After her initial comments on Thursday, she took to Twitter Sunday to add to her argument.

In a 22-tweet thread, Disney called out her namesake company for not paying their workers a livable wage. She explained how redistribution of half of Iger’s 2018 payout alone could benefit the lowest-paid workers, not to mention the bonuses made by the other highly-paid Disney execs.

Disney went on to combat another excuse often made by the company — that they offer education to lower-paid workers so they can get “better” jobs. Abigail points out that it’s a nice idea, but not practical for all workers and doesn’t negate the fact the company will still need to pay someone to do those jobs, so PAY THEM A LIVABLE WAGE.

She concluded her thread with a call not just to Disney, but to all corporations, to pay their full-time workers salaries that will allow them to “conduct their lives successfully.”

After a brief pause, Disney returned to Twitter to spit some more facts and stand up for workers. She added that the idea that minimum wage jobs are often considered “starter jobs” for college students is insulting to every person who raises a family on minimum wage and undervalues all the work done by the people in those jobs. She also pointed out the racial aspect to all this that is often glossed over by large corporations.

Soooo, Abigail Disney for president, anyone?