It really doesnt seem like the hit was intentional, although other stories report the employee is already claiming self defense as the 14 year old was pulling Tiggers mask from behind.
It seems that the family really over reacted demanding that "Tigger be a man and step out of the costume." Poor Tigger seems that he should try just a little harder to stay out of deep Pooh.Tweet
Theory on all the Tigger Problems: In my opinion, Tigger is a very touchy and personal space breaker in the movies. I mean he knocks people over with his jumping and sits on Pooh. I think the cast member is trying to capture the character, but its not working as well.
I truly thought he was trying to give him a jab in the sholder and instead made contact with the face.
-the word on the street is that the boy was pulling on the back of his costume making it hard for him to breath but to me it still looked looks like it's to hard and to soon to be able to tell. Just Wondering Is The Family Asking For Money?!?
Wasn't anybody else there?!? I thought that they had to have a cast member there with them at all times like other people have said?!?
It really does look like the the kid was doing something and it kinda looks like he was smiling...wacky
My $.02: If the teen boy grabbed the back of the Tigger outfit below the neck, it could have pulled back on the head in a way that could choke the person inside. In which case, in my opinion, he'd then be perfectly justified in going medieval on the kid. But we can't tell where the kid's hand was.
Even if the kid grabbed the costume by accident, the person inside can be hurt. Ultimately, it is the job of the handler to keep close and keep people's hands off the characters.
If Disney wants to suspend the character actor, that is Disney's right. But I wonder if the handler got tossed as well. I'd really like to see the couple of seconds before what we saw. We need that for better context.
BTW, it was a great headline. Of course I was gonna keep it!
I think we should send for Gil Grissom on this one.
Also ; Who took the video ? Was it the family themselves or a passing TV crew ?
The reaction by the child's parent is laughable. The parent should have stepped in a given the child a whack! Maybe a couple whacks earlier in life could have taught that you respect other people's space and in this case that the price of admission does not come with Carte Blance to go nuts in the park, which by the way, is something that at least this local resident sees all the time.
I am the mother of a very petite, young woman who does characters at Disney. As Donald Duck, she gets poked, and hit by kids, usually boys.
I think that there needs to be people watching in front and in back of the characters, and that poking at, hitting, and pulling on the character costumes needs to be strictly forbidden! My daughter isn't the only petite young woman working in the costumes.
That family just wants money from Disney!!! It is a sin, and I hope they dont get a dime! Disney should stand behind their employees 100% on this one after viewing the video!!
Give that family nothing but Pooh, what they deserve!
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