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Topic: Latest: Family Claims Racism by Disneyland Character

Wed 2/6/2013 1:34p
This topic is for Discussion of Latest: Family Claims Racism by Disneyland Character

A black family in California is claiming racism at Disneyland when, they claim, the White Rabbit character refused to hug their child or shake his hand.

Wed 2/6/2013 2:03p
Hey, he was late, for a very important date.
Wed 2/6/2013 3:07p
Hmmmmmmm. There's no telling who was in that rabbit suit, or what was going on, not without video of all the interaction. And the only ones likely to have it would have been these folks, or Disney...

Dunno what to think. If the rabbit was rude, well, that's a bad employee, and Disney may not have handled the situation as well as they could have. If that's not the case, why is this coming up now, after 6 months? In fact, if that was the case, why is it STILL coming up, 6 months later?
Wed 2/6/2013 3:12p
>>If the rabbit was rude, well, that's a bad employee<<

I can't imagine a scenario where a costumed character cast member would deliberately do such a thing. Disney is rather ... careful ... about who they have in those positions.

In all likelihood either the character didn't see the kid, or there is an important part of the story that we aren't getting.
Wed 2/6/2013 3:20p
< There's no telling who was in that rabbit suit, or what was going on, not without video of all the interaction. >

Well, there may be no way to know exactly what happened, but if the family lodged a complaint at the time (as the story said), then they'd know who was in the rabbit suit at that time on that day.

I wouldn't presume to guess if there's anything to the story or not. It's quite possible the rabbit was inadvertently rude, but it seemed quite real to the family at the time.
Wed 2/6/2013 5:23p
I often stop to watch characters interact with guests when I'm in the parks. If a character "shuns" a kid (or adult) as was described, it's because they cut ahead of other guests that were waiting. It is clear to me that the character was trying to communicate to the kids to wait their turn. I've seen this so many times. Sometimes it's rude, pushy parents pushing their kids ahead of others. Sometimes it's simply that the kids are so excited to see the character that they don't realize they are cutting ahead. Sometimes it may not be clear where the line is if the parks are very busy. It's a shame, for these kid's sake, that their parents interpreted the actions of the character as being racist rather than acknowledging the likely real reason for the "shunning".
Wed 2/6/2013 5:24p
I think someone is filing an idiotic lawsuit, and the news media (as usual) is trying to make something more out of it.
Thu 2/7/2013 1:49a
This is the dumbest thing I've heard all week.

Dr. King would be embarrassed to think these folks are crying racism over such a silly and petty issue. And like others have said, there is obviously more to the story here we don't know about.

I'd bet two churros this family pushed their kids in front of those waiting in line, and this was the Rabbit's way of saying "Take your picture and move along, you just cut in front of a dozen people, selfish brats".

Thu 2/7/2013 4:33a
I think it's a little too convenient that the "racist" character in question is the *White* Rabbit. Granted, I really know nothing of the situation, but it just seems a little too suspicious to be true, and too vague to have any real evidence to prove anything one way or the other
Thu 2/7/2013 10:20a
It's pretty clear to my, from past observations, that the kids cut ahead of other guests and the White Rabbit was trying to tell them to wait their turn. The characters who can't speak, as we all know, have to communicate via pantomime. I believe that's what the character was doing. There may not have been a character handler there right at that moment to tell the family verbally. Common sense says that unless the parents were very dense, they should have realized why the character was shunning their kids if they had cut ahead of other people. In which case their accusations are suspect. Common sense also says that it would be foolish for any character in the park to behave in a "racist" way or any wrong way in front of hundreds of guests, many of whom are armed with cameras that can shoot video. It would be very interesting to know if the family's original "complaint" to Disney was just that their kids were ignored, or if they alleged racism then. Or, that came later when a lawyer got involved. Whether it was a real misunderstanding on the part of the parents, or it's opportunistic actions, the kids are the losers because they are being taught a wrong lesson, in my opinion.

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