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Black family claims Disney’s White Rabbit character refused to touch their kids

Posted by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 2:59 PM
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Could an actor playing the White Rabbit be racist?

Disneyland is being sued by Jason and Annelia Black, who say their African-American children were treated differently than white kids who approached the “Alice in Wonderland” character for hugs and pictures at the Anaheim, Calif., amusement park.

According to Fox5SanDiego.com, 6-year-old Jason Black Jr. approached his favorite character at the park, but was rebuffed. Jason told the station, “I went to hug him, but he turned his back. It’s made me feel sad because I wanted to really hug him.”

Older brother Elijah reportedly then tried to hold the rabbit’s hand, but was pushed away. At first, Jason Black Sr. thought perhaps a new “no touch” policy had been implemented in the park, until he observed the same character hugging the white children who approached him around the same time.

Black told local news station CBS2 Los Angeles that the White Rabbit had behaved warmly with the white children: “The rabbit ... hugged them, kissed them, posed with them and took pictures. Meanwhile, that made my kids feel horrible."

The family immediately complained to the park and were offered VIP passes, which they reportedly refused. CBS2 also reports that the family was offered $500 to sign a confidentiality agreement, which they declined to do. Instead, the Blacks are asking Disney for a public apology and to fire the actor portraying the White Rabbit.

Yahoo News contacted Disney for a comment, but did not hear back.

by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 2:59 PM
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pamelax3
by Gold Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I can not get the video to attach

Radarma
by "OneDar" on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:02 PM
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 It's in the news, if ppl wanna see it.

They are suing, even after Disney offered them some 400 bucks in guest passes.

What a crock of shit. THIS is why racism claims are not taken seriously anymore.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:04 PM
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I can't really make a judgement call on this one.  Always two sides and the other side isn't talking.

parentalrights1
by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:04 PM
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Well they may not want the actor treating someone that way in the future.

The money just sounds like a "sweep it under the rug" move


Quoting Radarma:

 It's in the news, if ppl wanna see it.

They are suing, even after Disney offered them some 400 bucks in guest passes.

What a crock of shit. THIS is why racism claims are not taken seriously anymore.


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Radarma
by "OneDar" on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:06 PM

 

Quoting parentalrights1:

Well they may not want the actor treating someone that way in the future.

The money just sounds like a "sweep it under the rug" move


Quoting Radarma:

 It's in the news, if ppl wanna see it.

They are suing, even after Disney offered them some 400 bucks in guest passes.

What a crock of shit. THIS is why racism claims are not taken seriously anymore.


 Yeah, right. I am sure the kid a.) even knew who the white rabbit is, and b.) was really broken up inside about the alleged brush off.

And c....of course if the child was not given adequate attention (according to the family) then by golly it just MUST be racism!

Crock. of. Shit.

Susan0805
by Silver Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:07 PM
Maybe the rabbit knew the parents and didnt like them? Lol. How do they know a white person was in the suit?
In any event, it is awful that the rabbit was mean to the kiddos, i dont think it's sue worthy though.
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by Jes on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:07 PM
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If this really happened I agree with the family.

Disney offering money and trying to make them sign a confidentiality form? Seriously! That sounds like bribery to keep their mouths shut.
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tooptimistic
by Kelly on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:09 PM
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They would have offered more if they were wanting to sweep it under the rug.

I have been to Disney a million times and never seen one group treated better than another.  They have very strict rules for cast members and video cameras everywhere.  I wonder if after reviewing the tapes they don't agree witht the family and could prove their case if did get to court.

Quoting parentalrights1:

Well they may not want the actor treating someone that way in the future.

The money just sounds like a "sweep it under the rug" move


Quoting Radarma:

 It's in the news, if ppl wanna see it.

They are suing, even after Disney offered them some 400 bucks in guest passes.

What a crock of shit. THIS is why racism claims are not taken seriously anymore.




Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:09 PM
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I'd be interested in knowing if there is more to this story than race

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