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

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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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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:15 PM
You go to Disneyland to SEE the characters. That's the experience you want for your kids...
The magic.

Characters are well trained and know that children wait forever to see their favorites...


Quoting Radarma:

 


Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

My DD is 3 and her two favorite characters right now are the White Rabbit & the Cheshire Cat.

If they ignored her or god forbid pushed her away and then hugged other children I would be livid.



Quoting Radarma:


 



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.


 lol, go right ahead and BE livid.

Or you could just shrug it off and move along and enjoy the rest of your day, knowing your child will not crumble and melt over a possible slight. Or not.

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LilyofPhilly
by Gold Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:16 PM
More than likely. I remember when I went to Disney World and some woman shoved her way yo the front of the crowd to watch a parade and then proceeded to dance in the street like she was the only one there.

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 This is surprising. Very surprising. I can't imagine that happening. My first thought was did the kids just run up and not get in the line? There are usually lines to see the characters.  

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Aamy
by Silver Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:16 PM
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Mmmm I don't know, how are their no other witnesses?? Sort of hard to belive. Cause it just happens they are the first black family that actor came in contact with to act like that?
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pansyprincess
by Silver Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Why?

I don't really have a strong reason to believe or not believe them.  I suppose it is possible.  I also think that if it happened to my kids, I would be beyond pissed and would absolutely make a stink about it.  But kids are kids, if they saw another character they loved that held out open arms, they would run up and smile for a pic with them too.  Kids have short memories.

As parents, we tend to takes slights towards our children a little more personally.  If someone was being racist towards my child, while they might be able to brush it off, I'm not sure that I could quite as easily. 


Quoting Radarma:

 Um, no, one had nothing to do with the other.

I don't believe their claims for a second.

Quoting areid1023:

 

this makes no sense. you are less inclined to believe discrimination actually took place because the parent's didnt accept a pay off (in guest passes back to the place where the offense occurred)? 

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.

 

 

 


 

ethans_momma06
by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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I JUST read this!

One of the comments really stuck out to me- how do they know what color the person is underneath, AND, if it's a person who is African American- is it still racism?

These guys don't talk. I think it's hard to IMMEDIATLY pin it on race. It COULD be, but it's only 1 family (so far) to have had an issue. Did he see them? Did the bunny just find those kids out of line for behaviour? Was it a misunderstanding?

Too many questions to draw a conclusion IMO.

parentalrights1
by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:18 PM
More than likely it was some other explanation. I know all too well how the most innocent of things can turned on me for racism, but its still possible.


Quoting Radarma:

 


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.


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TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:20 PM
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Quoting Radarma:

 

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 This is surprising. Very surprising. I can't imagine that happening. My first thought was did the kids just run up and not get in the line? There are usually lines to see the characters.  

 They are reviewing tapes and I look forward to reading what these tapes reveal.

Interesting that the boy is in a photo shortly after this experience where he is shown to be smiling.

Musta been pretty broken up.

  It just sounds odd to me. Our family went to Disney(World not Land) in October and there are so many different nationalities that Work and Disney and visit Disney. I just can't imagine that an employee dressed as a character would treat a child that way. I did see many children run up to characters instead of get in line. They were held back by whoever got to them first and if it was the character they kept them at arms length until a "real" person could explain that there is a line. It's not fair to those already waiting.

 Not saying this is what happened but it would certainly look, from the parents pov, like their children were being treated badly.

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:23 PM

 

Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 This is surprising. Very surprising. I can't imagine that happening. My first thought was did the kids just run up and not get in the line? There are usually lines to see the characters.  

I have to admit, this surprised me as well.  I wasn't there so I certainly can't speak with any certainty but these employees are trained and trained well.  That isn't to say it appeared as if the rabbit could not be bothered or such.

Just do not for certain if this happened as the parents stated.  Or otherwise. 

They went to automatically claim racism.  I do have to wonder if the employee in that suit is white or otherwise.  

  Most definitely. That's why I find this very curious.

aritoyh
by Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Sounds like they want money and attention. It is not like they are the only black family at the park, yet they are the only one with the complaint. The only time I have seen a costumed character at Disney without a line is when they were trying to get to what I am assuming was the break room - and they were going as fast as possible lol. I'm betting the kids just ran up and skipped the line.

Radarma
by "OneDar" on Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:25 PM

 Why? Because of my lifetime of history with Disney.

As other posters have already said, they are trained and trained VERY well.

Quoting pansyprincess:

Why?

I don't really have a strong reason to believe or not believe them.  I suppose it is possible.  I also think that if it happened to my kids, I would be beyond pissed and would absolutely make a stink about it.  But kids are kids, if they saw another character they loved that held out open arms, they would run up and smile for a pic with them too.  Kids have short memories.

As parents, we tend to takes slights towards our children a little more personally.  If someone was being racist towards my child, while they might be able to brush it off, I'm not sure that I could quite as easily. 

 

Quoting Radarma:

 Um, no, one had nothing to do with the other.

I don't believe their claims for a second.

Quoting areid1023:

 

this makes no sense. you are less inclined to believe discrimination actually took place because the parent's didnt accept a pay off (in guest passes back to the place where the offense occurred)? 

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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