Monday, January 08, 2007

T-I-Double-Grrr

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...

...THEY SHOULD BE HUNTING DOWN AND SLAPPING PEOPLE LIKE THIS GUY!

Bleh.

14 comments:

Waya said...

My sentiment exactly!! Puh-lease is right! I saw the clip of that and it wasn't a hit at all, it was more like a brush on the little kid's face, how much damage can that "padded" paw do?

And the way the father was huffing and puffing being interviewed, one would have thought someone had robbed his house, burnt it down and took his family from him.

And he had the nerve to say "our vacation was totally ruined"! Yeah, right, I'm sure he's saying "ka-ching"! But I'm sure there's plenty of slimy lawyers waiting to take on his case.

Mom Thumb said...

It's pretty clear from the video that the kid was doing something to the Tigger. Might have been more than pulling at the costume, I'm thinking. I'd slap them both, the kid and the dad. We were at Disneyland and an earthquake hit (7 on the scale), and that didn't ruin our vacation, so don't even go there. I'd say based on the bucks he's going to get, this is probably going to turn out to be the best vacation that jerk ever took. I can't believe crap like this makes national news. We have troops dying, puhleeze is right. Okay, so maybe I need some more coffee here.

Ginny said...

Waya linked to your blog on Blogging Baby. That's how I found it. I agree with Mom Thumb. The kid was doing something with the back of the costume and when "Tigger" tried to move his hand, he accidentally "touched" his face with his "paw". "Tigger" doesn't have good peripheral vision in that costume and probably didn't even know the kid's head was right there.

Heather said...

I haven't watched the video but it sounded like much ado about nothing from the get-go.

I bet Tigger really slapped the little brat around. Those soft costumes probably really pack a wallop.

Puh-lease.

wendy boucher said...

I have heard that Disney is ruthless and spares no expense defending itself from such idiots. Disney will most likely be fine -- it's our society I worry about.

yellojkt said...

I think that bratty teenager was trying to pull on the costume head and the actor brushed him away. Not that we will ever now the truth.

If that kid can't take a slap from a costumed character, send him back to WussyVille where he came from.

Sandy said...

It's too bad Rabbit wasn't around...he could have knocked out that kid with his hoe. Or maybe Pooh could've beaned the kid with his honey pot.

Mooselet said...

That boy is going to get his ass handed to him on a plate when he goes back to school. He can thank his dad later by suing him. And I would've loved to have been in that ER when they turned up for treatment. Can you picture the conversation?

Vacation totally ruined? Let me know when something truly traumatic happens in your life and get back to me.

Cleo said...

I agree--the kid was doing something behind Tigg's back! I have been to WDW 5 times in the past 5 years (helped that we lived in FL!) and have done every type of character interaction possible. We have been thoroughly impressed with the manner in which the WDW cast members (as they are called) conduct themselves as they tirelessly meet & greet thousands of people a day! They never miss an opportunity to make a child (of any age) smile. Shame on that kid for messing with Tigger. Shame on those parents for making an issue out of it and exploiting the situation for their own profit. I wonder if/how this will change character interaction at WDW? We're going at the end of March...hmmm

paulo said...

I agree with everyone, i mean, look at the kid. That muscle shirt and smile on his face say "watch me try to be funny by harrassing the guy in the tigger costume." He probably tried to knock his head/mask off and we all know what happens when you try to knock a mascot's head off. - WAR!

Bill said...

We have 32 pages of lawyers advertising in the Duluth phone book and most are looking for someone to sue. Many countries are now requiring the loser to pay court costs to cut down on frivolous litigation. Do not expect tort reform in America because a great many of our politicians are also lawyers. That means we get a double whammey from two of the least respected occupations.

deborah said...

Give me just a small break please! My six year old could make a bigger impact on this jerk, literally! What gives with this sue-happy nation we've allowed?? When is it going to stop? From having to warn people the coffee is hot; no brainer, to the alarming rationale of the sticker on the front visor of the car "Do not put infant/car seat in front of car!" MAY cause injury or death!??

My first job was a costume character at Chuck E Cheese, ( I loved it) and I remember some jerk coming up to me and spinning my head around and knocking me to the ground. I was 16, stunned, pissed and scared. Couldn't see. Little kids were freaked, because Chuck E's head was backwards, what was I to do???? Well, there were 3 and 4 year olds in a panic, so I just brushed it off, turned my head around, and played it off for them. I did find the jerks later, so did security. But my point is this - as I was provoked, so was "Tigger," and I believe, he acted in a very dignified manner. Hopefully, Disney will win this one, as they should.

Freakin Brat.

Carla said...

What a bonehead! I can't stand crap like that. If Piglet were there he wouldn't ssssstand for it!

Jennine said...

I hate that Tigger's character is being called into question.

FABULOUS post, Jeff!