Yesterday, the AP reported that the Tigger character at Orlando's Disney World hauled off and clobbered a kid in the head. And, in an unprecedented stroke of good luck, the father actually has the incident on video tape.
Sure I don't know all the details and am only responding based on my first knee-jerk reaction, but if you take it for what you see on the tape, it's very difficult to be objective and/or sympathetic for the family. Why? Because, this is one of those stories that just reeks of greed and opportunity.
In a society where people are sue-happy already, one tends to be very suspicious of a loud-mouthed father's motive for calling the press immediately after an event like this took place. Hmmm, I wonder what he could have been thinking...
Thank you son - you just laid the golden egg. Disney has very deep pockets! Now, play along with me while I embarrass you and exploit this opportunity at your expense. Trust me, you'll thank me for it later, you know, after the kids at school beat the crap out of you.
All I can say is PAH-LEEEEEZE! I mean come on already. The dad took him to the hospital for pete's sake. Can you say "drama-for-the-sake-of-my-litigation"?
Let's face it. Tigger "hit" him with a padded paw and the kid does not look hurt. In fact, he even playfully hits him back afterword.
I suppose it wouldn't be so hard to feel sympathetic if this dad was even the slightest bit likable, but watch him on this video. He just looks like a guy who's trying to get away with something. Gee, do you think he might be leading his kid just a little when he actually asks him on tape, "How hard did he hit you?" What a tool.
Sure, Disney characters shouldn't be slapping kids at their parks, that's a given...