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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
Replies (41-50):
Radarma
by "OneDar" on Feb. 8, 2013 at 8:33 PM
Having seen the parents and partial footage today, I am no longer sure they are wrong.
Bigmetalchicken
by Silver Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Perhaps the bunny did not want to hug their kid, because their kid was acting like an asshole?

btamilee
by Silver Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I am thinking the kid will probably be alot more harmed by his parents actions then he ever would by the rabbits response.....

Thomigirl
by Gold Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:29 PM

My first thought was...who would want to take a picture with the White Rabbit? I mean...was the Mad Hatter not available??? Then I thought...wait a minute..


autodidact
by Platinum Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:35 PM


how? 

Quoting btamilee:

I am thinking the kid will probably be alot more harmed by his parents actions then he ever would by the rabbits response.....






PaganMomma40
by Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:36 PM

I agree. Maybe the money wasn't the point. No one could know if the actor was white or not....but they would know if he were rude. And how does anyone know how the children saw it. Yes they may not have noticed right off...but differential treatment is something they would notice. I'm not for frivolous law suite but Disney is a place for children....all children.


Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

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.



Citygirlk
by Gold Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:40 PM
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After you (general) spent all that money for the Disney experience  hell no you better hug my kid and I want some pictures too.

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.


autodidact
by Platinum Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM

WHAT sounds like they want money? 

from the article: 

the family was offered $500 to sign a confidentiality agreement, which they declined to do. 

Quoting aritoyh:

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.






autodidact
by Platinum Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:53 PM


they are suing for an apology and to have the employee fired. 

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.






JakeandEmmasMom
by Platinum Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 11:10 PM

 

Quoting Radarma:

Having seen the parents and partial footage today, I am no longer sure they are wrong.

 What did it show?

I was not inclined to believe their story and wanted to wait until the footage of the incident was released.  Given the diversity of Disney cast members and guests, I would be very surprised if this were a race issue.

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