There is someone at Disney World reading headlines, judging from how a Woody character engaged Black children along a parade route. The video below shows two young children shouting out to the ‘Toy Story’ mascot Jessie as the characters walk along a street lined with cheering fans at Disney’s Orlando theme park this week.
In contrast, Woody notices some Black kids on the other side of the street and reacts to them, whereas Jessie is on the other side of the street entertaining that part of the crowd. Check it out … Jessie flags down Woody, and points to the young’s, who both go over to talk to them, which is awesome since they were trying so hard to catch Jessie’s attention.
While this is a very happy story, it cannot be ignored that it occurred amid a disturbing trend recently, namely, Black children being ostracized by mascots who dress in black costumes at theme parks. There have been incidents all over the country, it seems… be it at Sesame Place, Disneyland, or Chuck E. Cheese.
There have been a lot of messed-up videos out there showing classic characters ignoring or walking away from kids of color. People are having difficulty accepting the establishments’ denials that they have any overtly racist intentions.
Whether Woody here was thinking of any of that when he acted as he did is impossible to tell, yet it’s certainly possible. Given how big this controversy has become in recent weeks, it’s reasonable to assume that higher-ups at places like this have spoken with their employees about it.
Dakota Cameron is a seasoned web content writer and covers the Hollywood movies for the MovieThop Website
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