Someone at Disney World is reading the headlines, or so it seems based on how a Woody character went out of his way to engage black children waiting along a parade route.
Check out this video posted by a proud dad who took his 2 young children to Disney’s Orlando theme park this week – it shows the little ones shouting at a costumed jessy mascot of the “Toy Story” franchise as the characters walk down the street lined with cheering fans.
Jessie was across the street and seemed preoccupied with entertaining that part of the crowd, but her boyfriend Wooded notices some black kids and actually responds to them.
Watch it…Woody points out Jessie, shows the youngsters…and they both walk up to them to interact with them – which is obviously great as they were desperately trying to get Jessie’s attention and seem like really big fans .
Not to turn this into a negative story – because it’s obviously very nice – but it can’t be ignored that this happened in the midst of what has become a worrying trend lately…namely, mascots/costumed characters in theme parks and such snobbery Black children, allegedly intentionally.
It’s happening all over the country, it seems…whether it’s Sesame Place, Disneyland, or even Chuck E. Cheese. Everywhere, some messed up videos have been circulating, appearing to show classic characters ignoring or walking away from children of color.
While most establishments have denied any overt racist intent, people have a hard to buy this.
It’s hard to say for sure if Woody had this in mind when he did what he did… but it’s certainly possible. Considering how big this controversy has had the past few weeks, you have to imagine that senior brass in places like this have had discuss with staff.