Some of you who follow theme park news from other sources might have noticed that I did not write anything on the front page about a brawl in Disneyland's Toontown last weekend.
A video of the fight vent viral, ultimately prompting a response from Disneyland.
In response to Guests' concerns regarding the altercation at Disneyland––any type of violence is inexcusable and will not be tolerated. Those involved were immediately removed from the premises and turned over to @AnaheimPD. https://t.co/QOK7ohpbg2— Disneyland Today (@DisneylandToday) July 8, 2019
Since Disneyland is commenting now, I figured that I probably should say something about the incident. But I'm doing it here, instead of the front page, because I still hate giving attention to this stuff.
Why? Not because I am reticent to hold theme parks to account for the safety of their guests. Heck, I've been preaching on that topic for nearly 20 years now. (And it's gotten me in trouble with parks before.) But, to me, this wasn't a guest safety issue so much as a human relations one.
I don't want to amplify stories about routine ride shutdowns where no one was hurt. Or random theme park employees getting arrested for crimes committed off the clock. I don't want to amplify rumors totally made up by other websites chasing clicks. Nor do I want to turn this site into "Disney's World Star," embedding videos of guests behaving badly.
Fight videos like this one invite people to wallow in their basest prejudices. They invite people to find some element that distinguishes the combatants from themselves and to use that as an excuse to dismiss all others who share that same element, whether it be race, gender, ethnicity, age, or even fandom.
No thank you. I grew up programming computers, which taught me that what you get out of a system flows directly from what you put into it. I don't want to watch videos of people fighting and I especially don't want to read comments from people talking about videos of people fighting. We all deserve better input into our lives than that.
But I figured I owed you an explanation for why I sometimes do not report on the "Viral Theme Park Story of the Day". So here you go.
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