A few weeks ago, Disneyland’s White Rabbit character was accused of racism when he seemingly snubbed black children but had no problem hugging and kissing white kids. I don’t know if these characters are played by the same people week after week – and Disneyland Anaheim refuses to confirm if it’s the same employee – but the White Rabbit is in trouble again. This time for “assault.” I’m hoping it’s not the same employee because I can sort of see why this rabbit freaked out.
The father of two teenage girls taped a video of the girls pulling on the White Rabbit’s tail repeatedly. The father is heard giggling in the background. The White Rabbit then loses it, follows the girl, grabs her, and allegedly says, “Don’t start your shit with me.” In no way do I think this is acceptable behavior for a Disneyland employee. I mean, if you are going to work at Disneyland, extreme patience and tolerance should be pre-requisites. But after watching the video I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a family of a-holes.
This can’t be the first time the White Rabbit has had his fluffy little tail pulled. I guess it’s a little different coming from cute little kids than from teenagers who are clearly laughing at you. This job has got to be pretty awful. Clearly, the rabbit snapped.
The weirdest part of the video comes when the rabbit pursues the teenager, puts his hands on her, and the father does nothing but watch and laugh. The family claims they said nothing at the time of the incident “for fear they would be kicked out.” Why would they be kicked out? Unless they were making a game of following all the characters around Disneyland, making fun of them, and seeing who would snap first.
This is just bad parenting. These aren’t little girls – they’re teenagers. That father should be teaching them that even people in fuzzy white costumes deserve respect. I think it’s pretty vile that he just sits back, giggling.
That said, whoever is behind that mask should be fired. He clearly doesn’t have the patience for the job. It’s definitely not okay to put your hands on underage visitors of the park, even if they essentially “started it.”