Could an actor playing the White Rabbit be racist? Disneyland is being sued by Jason and Annelia Black, who say their African-American children were treated differently than white kids who approached the “Alice in Wonderland” character for hugs and pictures at the Anaheim, Calif., amusement park. According to Fox5SanDiego.com, 6-year-old Jason Black Jr. approached his favorite character at the park, but was rebuffed. Jason told the station, “I went to hug him, but he turned his back. It’s made me feel sad because I wanted to really hug him.” Older brother Elijah reportedly then tried to hold the rabbit’s hand
I was offended that I didn´t get to go at all. So I will sue because I wasn´t greeted by ANY of the Disney characters. When I did go to Epcot (about 8 years ago), I was told that I couldn´t have free beer -- which was also rude.
When I get done with them, they will wish that they never set up shop in a country in which people will sue because they didn´t get everything they wanted -- that´ll show ´em.
The White Rabbit was this 6 year-old´s favorite character at the park? Seriously? Aren´t there more up to date and cooler characters than the White Rabbit that this little guy would be drawn to? Just asking. Maybe the Cracker Rabbit is racist. Who knows? I once had a very friendly dolphin character attempt to feel me up at a park in Australia. I didn´t sue.
I have a cousin who worked as a bartender in the Orlando area. Several of the people who dressed as Disney characters visited the bar on a regular basis. My cousin commented that some of these Disney people were as foul mouthed as can be, and stated that if parents knew what these people were like that wore the Disney character suit at Disney World, they wouldn´t let their kids within ten feet of them.
I played "Winnie the Pooh" at Disneyland in the summer of 1969, fresh out of High School. I never treated anyone like that though some of the guests would try to mess with us. One time I was attacked by a screaming hoard of Mexican Brownies, that was scary.
I also sexually molested a gal with that big WTP nose, I had her pinned up against a wall, she was laughing hysterically as I had my way.
I have to agree with another poster--there is no way this kid´s favorite character is the rabbit. No way! Maybe in 1958, but not today. The kids today love the Toy Story and Cars characters. Fake, fraud... scam.
This law suit is preposterous in so many ways. One, who has ever filed a law suit for "not touching" them. Every one at Disney has all kinds of cameras, not to mention the security cams ALL over the park. So if there was any merit to this and film = evidence existed, this suit would never seen the light of day.
This is smacks of JJackson Jr. shakedown, which under BO´s tenure is now the standard play book tactic in getting other people´s money using the "race card" winning lottery ticket.
The muslims are doing the same thing now, all over the US based upon empowerment the Aff. Act. politicians and PC media liberals are spouting daily in every conceivable market.
Just look at USA network´s anti-discrimination, anti-homophobe, anti-bully public announcement campaign.
Basically, if you are a member of a protected or special interest group it is open season on whitey.
Seriously if there is no viable proof, Disney should counter-claim just on principle alone. Hopefully a judge with guts will summary judgment this law suit.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. administration has a little over a month to fix the technology problems crippling its online health insurance marketplace, or jeopardize the goal of signing up millions of Americans in time for benefits under President Barack Obama´s healthcare law, experts said on Thursday. (Snip) Poor turnout in enrollment would provide further ammunition for Republican foes of Obamacare, whose efforts to kill the law have culminated in a federal government shutdown that began on Oct. 1, coinciding with the launch of the health insurance exchanges nationwide. Already on Thursday, Republican lawmakers in Congress launched a new investigation into
PHILADELPHIA - Jason Lahoz is a parking attendant in Philadelphia with two small children. He is also one of nearly 50m Americans without health insurance. He hopes to change that. He recently visited the “Independence Express” bus; Independence Blue Cross, a local insurer, is promoting coverage under Obamacare. Mr Lahoz was told he would qualify for public subsidies to buy insurance. “That would be perfect,” he said, “if that’s actually true.” He could not find out, however. Like millions of Americans who tried to use healthcare.gov, the new Obamacare website, in its first week of operation, he found that it
WASHINGTON — Starting in about a decade, Kingston, Jamaica, will probably be off-the-charts hot — permanently. Other places will soon follow. Singapore in 2028. Mexico City in 2031. Cairo in 2036. Phoenix and Honolulu in 2043. And eventually the whole world in 2047. A new study on global warming pinpoints the probable dates for when cities and ecosystems around the world will regularly experience hotter environments the likes of which they have never seen before. And for dozens of cities, mostly in the tropics, those dates are a generation or less away. "This paper is both innovative and sobering," said
Those who want to sign up for Obamacare will have to do so by around Valentine’s Day in order to avoid tax penalties, roughly six weeks ahead of the March 31 deadline originally stated. The currently uninsured will need to be covered by March 31 in order to avoid tax penalties but in order to accomplish that, signups must be completed by around mid-February and coverage would then be initiated by March 1. Originally reported by Associated Press, the news service cites Jackson Hewitt Tax Service and an unnamed official with President Barack Obama’s administration as the sources for the
Three brothers allegedly orchestrated seven armed robberies in St. Paul this summer that duped would-be buyers responding to fake Craigslist ads for cellphones. No one was hurt in the robberies that took place between June 5 and July 1, but 11 victims were robbed at gunpoint of cash, cellphones and keys. Six suspects charged in Ramsey County District Court in connection with the robberies are: • Mark A. Smith, 27, of St. Paul, three counts of first-degree aggravated robbery. • Jonathan D. Smith, 23, residence unknown, four counts of first-degree aggravated robbery. • Charles Noel-Deandre Edwards, 18, of Maplewood, four
At the beginning of 2014, there may be millions of full-time workers who transition to part-time status. The surge in part-timers is expected for two reasons. First, many believe the Affordable Care Act, commonly called the ACA or Obamacare, has resulted in companies cutting employee hours to get around providing health care to employees working more than 30 hours a week. (Snip) Workers who choose to reduce their own hours may end up faring better financially by paying lower premiums offered to part-timers through government exchanges ra ther than working a few more hours and purchasing health care through
On Sept. 30, the day before the shutdown, the Weekly Standard´s great reporter-pundit John McCormack made a short yet complicated argument against Republican intransigence. The party, he wrote, could expect Obamacare to collapse under its own weight. But it shouldn´t distract from the system´s failures by causing the rest of the political system to sputter. "Republicans will have a good shot at passing real reform—so long as they avoid blundering into a government shutdown that will not stop Obamacare but will only lend credence to false Democratic claims that the problem with Obamacare isn’t the law itself but rather GOP
Back in March, at an insurance industry conference in Washington, the problems were apparent. Henry Chao, chief information officers at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services openly fretted that the exchanges wouldn’t be ready by October. “I’m pretty nervous—I don’t know about you,” he told the crowd. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.” At the time, Chao’s comment seemed like an attempt at dark humor. One week into the launch of Obamacare, however, it’s not a joke: it’s literally easier to blog from the Kenyan border than to sign up for insurance on Obamacare’s federal exchange.
Washington - Problems with the main "Obamacare" website, HealthCare.gov, have dominated headlines since the site opened for business on Oct. 1. But another problem is surfacing: Some consumers who have been buying their own insurance are getting cancellation notices – and offers for insurance at dramatically higher rates. There are multiple reasons this is happening. First, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) sets minimum standards for benefits, including mental-health and substance-abuse treatment, maternity care, prescription drugs, and rehabilitative care, which were not included in many of the old plans. Also, insurance companies are now required to take all comers, regardless of
Sporting a white trench coat, Jennifer Hudson struts down a Washington street as an ominous voice says, "In the cutthroat world of D.C., Lydia Cole cuts through the B.S." She sits in the office of a fictional senator listening to him admit he has a pregnant mistress. "Finally, an actual scandal," Hudson´s character says. (Snip) In a video produced by humor website Funny or Die, these "scandals" are easily solved by Hudson, who offers her clients advice such as, "The ACA [Affordable Care Act] takes about 15 minutes to sign up for; I need you to go to healthcare.gov." The
The online health insurance exchanges promised by Obamacare promptly opened for business last week and just as promptly crashed. People seeking to sign up for insurance, or just peruse plans, waited and waited ... and waited. (Snip) In recent weeks federal officials touted some of the low premium prices available under the new exchanges. What they didn´t stress, and what careful consumers will find on the exchange market site, is that insurers have tamped down prices in some cases by greatly narrowing the hospitals and doctors available in the coverage network. That means if you favor a
We´re nearly one week into Obamacare´s open enrollment period. What we do know: It´s been a bumpy ride. What we don´t know: How many people have signed up. The White House will not be releasing data on enrollment in the federal marketplace until November, CNN´s Jake Tapper reports. We do have some data trickling out from the states right now though -- but even with those initial numbers, deciding who counts as an Obamacare enrollee can be tricky business. That´s because there are a number of steps in the application process for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
The federal government has spent $634million on the Obamacare website--more than it cost to build Facebook or Twitter, it was revealed today. Despite the massive bill to taxpayers, the Healthcare.gov still doesn´t work properly ten days after it was launched - allowing only a handful of Americans to sign up for plans on the insurance exchange market. And experts warn that the site is likely to continue to experience significant glitches for months to come as engineers work out the bugs they failed to to spot before the site went live on October 1. The price tag for the broken
On Friday, after blaming conservatives like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the Obama administration´s mishandling of military death benefits, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Cruz simply did not represent the GOP. Fox News host Martha MacCallum mentioned that Cruz would be visiting President Barack Obama along with other Republican senators like Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) at the White House on Friday. She asked McCain, "How do you feel about him representing you there?" In response, McCain smirked before saying, "First of of all, Martha, please, he´s not representing us there." Also in the interview,
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I pointed out the other day that President Obama has unquestionably been hurt by the government shutdown, but Republicans have been hurt more. How bad is it for the GOP? The most recent Gallup poll shows the GOP is viewed favorably by 28 percent of Americans–down 10 points since September and the lowest number for either party since Gallup began asking the question in 1992. “The Republican Party is clearly taking a bigger political hit from Americans thus far in the unfolding saga,” according to the Gallup analysis. Then there’s a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which (as Rod Dreher helpfully summarizes)
One of the TV´s priciest daytime experiments soon could be coming to an end. Stations throughout the U.S. are contracted to carry Katie Couric´s syndicated talk show through summer 2014, but the decision on whether Katie will score a third season likely will be made this month -- and renewal seems a long shot. In fall 2012, Disney/ABC TV rolled out the red carpet for Couric, 56, giving her plum time slots on the best stations, fat license fees and loads of promotion. The initial annual budget was $50 million, according to a show source -- including $20 million for Couric
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has destroyed an entire press run of a stamp series over safety concerns about the images on three out of the 15 stamps in the series. The stamps, which were aimed at getting children to be more active, featured kids cannonballing into a pool, skateboarding without kneepads, and performing a headstand without a helmet. Postalnews, a blog run by Brian Sheehan, a retired postal employee from Massachusetts, reports that USPS Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Nagisa Manabe asked First Lady Michelle Obama to take part in a first day ceremony for the stamps. Upon
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington. The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall´s elections. "It´s time for someone to act like a grown-up in this process," former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu argues, faulting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and tea party Republicans in the House as much as President Barack Obama for taking an uncompromising stance. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour
Best-selling conservative author Ann Coulter, who has used her nine books to launch vicious attacks on Democrats, is turning her guns on Republicans in a new book out Monday, calling Florida Sen. Marco Rubio a hypocrite, urging donors freeze contributions to the GOP, and demanding that only governors or senators run for the party’s presidential nomination. Her point in “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3 -- Especially a Republican” is to shake the party out of its doldrums in time for the 2014 and 2016 elections. “Elections matter. We’re trying to make the country a better place. But if our candidates don’t
The Republican Party has been badly damaged in the ongoing government shutdown and debt limit standoff, with a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finding that a majority of Americans blame the GOP for the shutdown, and with the party’s popularity declining to its lowest level. By a 22-point margin (53 percent to 31 percent), the public blames the Republican Party more for the shutdown than President Barack Obama – a wider margin of blame for the GOP than the party received during the poll during the last shutdown in 1995-96.Just 24 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion about
This morning I was watching the Today Show and caught a segment on why Europeans are better at life than Americans. Examples they gave were cheese and vacation time. Then they struggled to think of something Americans could do better than Europeans. The discussion was accompanied by a chryon that read "American Exceptionalism." Someone, I think Matt Lauer, suggested binge TV watching. Another sarcastically said fast food. Al Roker said we actually have some pretty good cheese. Savannah Guthrie then sarcastically said, "Like Velveeta?" Al tried to insist that Americans did have good cheese, but it fell on deaf ears.