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2004-08-02 - 3:06 p.m.

omigosh, not Tigger!


yes, that is a genuine exclamation point in the title... I am dumbfounded... my flabber is completely gasted... say it ain't so, Tigger... did you hear?... well, perhaps first I should ask, did you grow up as a Disney kid?... or are you a toon?...

actually, I was not purely a Disney kid... the rebel that I am would not follow the mouse and his friends blindly into the night (even though the kid in me loves cartoons and fantasy stories and romantic sappiness which is, after all, the heart and soul of what Disney is supposed to be about and the rebel in me laughed at the not so subtle sexual undertones and images slipped in, supposedly by animators without anyone knowing until the products were released, which is believable if you get to know the somewhat goody-two-shoes sort of Nazi-like you will conform to the Disney standard or be eliminated management edits {at least at the Florida theme parks}, but that's not enough to spoil the years and volumes of fantasies and singular impact of a few stories like Lady and the Tramp and Peter Pan and Mary Poppins, to name but a few icons of my psyche), but I can get into the dream and that dream was the primary reason I chose to move to Orlando when I left NYC (we don't have to get into how dreams don't always come true and how people can ruin them and blah blah yabba dabba crap for this entry, even though I am feeling cynical and shocked)... dang dumb humans, why?...

what I am gasping about it that someone has taken Tigger to court alleging some sort of sexual abuse... tell me it is a fan of (or worse, more connected to) a competitor...

here is what I know (from personal experience living on Disney's doorstep and watching the fireworks from my house each night, living with many characters, and being backstage at the parks)... I know that it is possible for an idiot to get a job at Disney... and it is possible for a sexual deviate to get a job at Disney... heck, I know that it is possible for a pedophile to get a job at Disney... just as it is possible for an idiot, a sexual deviate, or a pedophile (think about it... if you were a pedophile, wouldn't a job at Disney be just right for you?... fact is, there are probably plenty of erections under Santa suits and if you really don't think so, then I think you're being naive)... but I also know that there is so much padding in Disney character costumes that except for buckets of persperation, it's not easy to feel anything inside those furry suits... and there is always a supervisor watching characters interacting with the public at all times... the job of being a character at Disney is probably one of the easiest jobs to be fired from because they are so strict in their rules about character behavior in and out of costume...

with all that said, many Disney characters have entertainer-egos and want attention... it is show business, they are performing all the time once the suit goes on... many are under twenty one or fresh out of high school... and some are normal over-sexed teenagers (although being me, I could never fathom what makes a person over-sexed since we are sexual beings all the time no matter how repressed we are personally or culturally, but as usual, I am digressing)...

and what I know for sure is I have no idea whether this person playing Tigger did what he is accused of or not... but I do know it is odd that the girl's mother let her daughter go pose with Tigger after he had supposedly groped her (the mother's) breast (which is what the mother said after the girl told her and the family decided to file a civil lawsuit for money... a week after the supposed incident at the park... and the lead investigator arrested the guy supposedly in the suit at the time without talking to the victim... in many cases Disney has paid out big bucks to avoid publicity and the week delay sounds like a family trying to cash in on Disney's fear of bad press...

I mean, I ask you women out there...

if someone grabs your breast a few times, are you going to continue standing next to that person posing for pictures and smiling and then let your 13 year old daughter stand next to the person while you take pictures of him supposedly grabbing her breast and then not say something to the supervisor or anyone in charge where it happened and then wait a week before reporting it to the police?... what's wrong with that picture?...

anyway, searching for info about this lead me to Disney Sites and Intercot (a Disney message board and I sent some impulsive emails to some people there cuz I felt a wave of sadness roll over me cuz it's been years since I visited the parks because I don't know anybody local who enjoys the parks and I tired of going by myself (and maybe the memories of good times gone by are a little haunting without a new friend to help me move on, but that's a stretch of association cuz Toronto has nothing to do with Disney except the fact that they both were dreams that failed)... alas, I moved down here (to Orlando) in 1990 just to play, to enjoy the theme parks and vacation life and child-eyed wonder that can be found here... and I had much fun for the first few years, but I did not find the right partner to share this place and the energy and wonder of it so I left for Toronto and when that didn't work I wandered my way back here... from the top of the mountain (of what this world typically calls success) to the bottom... and since being back here I've connected with people who used and abused my trust and I withdrew and now I stand alone and still in an ambivalent stasis... oh get over it already...

never know when some pertinent personal details might pop into an entry, huh?... well, if the guy was using his position to feel up kids, he deserves to be fed his penis and have a choice between removal or his hands or a very long prison sentence followed by supervised electronic monitoring... and if the family is slandering a cartoon icon for money, they deserve to be posed naked on the internet with their names and addresses for cyber-gropings and public ridicule by anyone out there... in any case, if it really did happen as the family say it did, the stupidity of giving your 13 year old girl to someone who supposedly molested you and letting her continuing to pose after supposedly taking pictures of her being molested... and then waiting a week to report it?... that is enough to make me think there should be some sort of parental aptitude test before humans can have and raise a child...

I wonder if I am talking from personal experience...






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